|Yellow Shell Cottage, Ballinroad, Dungarvan, County Waterford, Ireland
International Tel: +353-58-42187
Outside Yellow Shell
Beaches * Golf * Mountains
So... you've unpacked
your suitcases and flushed the loos to prove they work. Now what?
- Clonea Beach - One mile down the lane lies Clonea Beach. At low
tide it stretches more than a mile along sea cliffs and undeveloped farmland.
Further along it has a lifeguard patrolled swimming area, then runs past a
hotel with pub and restaurants, and back along more undeveloped land. At high
tide, the tremendous beach shrinks way, way down. But, hey, this just means
all the odds and ends are swept away. This beach is cleaned twice daily by
One clue to Clonea Beach's health is the abundance of shore birds.
Another is the Blue Flag flying over the beach. A Blue Flag beach has to meet
the most stringent European standards of cleanliness. The local hotels feature
leisure centres, pools, and Ten-Pin Bowling.
Clonea Beach on a Winter's Day - Still Beautiful
- Dungarvan Golf Course - Just a 5 minute walk down the road is this championship
course. Awarded blue flag status by the Golfer's Guide to Ireland, the club
offers caddy service, caddy cars, a fully equipped shop, a lovely dining room,
and the services of a golf professional. Better yet, it features some boomingly
long par 5's and a lovely variety of watercourses, water holes, water features,
and water views.
Coast Golf Course - A five minute drive away on little
byways is this spectacular new championship course. The course
fills much of a peninsula jutting into Dungarvan Bay and the
Irish Sea. Talk about views!
To quote from the brochure: "The Gold
Coast Golf Course has expanded to a par 72, 18 hole course from its long established
9 holes. The original 9 holes were planted in 1939, and these trees have grown
tall and thick. The mature tree line lined fairways of the older holes are
cleverly mingled with the long and challenging newer holes to create a truly
superb golf course. At 6,788 yards off the back tees, the course will present
a real challenge for the discerning golfer wishing to test his skill in a
magnificent and spectacular location. For the ladies the 5,531 yard course
is equally demanding and rewarding."
Mountains - If you like vast mountain views, easily accessible waterfalls,
and spectacular glacial lakes and coums, then you'll love the Comeraghs. One
of Ireland's least known gems, the Comeragh Mountains feature Europe's largest
glacial corrie lake, Ireland's densest population of Peregrine Falcons, and
the well maintained trail to Mahon Falls. The well signed Comeragh Drive circles
the range. In a mere two hour drive you'll see precipitous rock walls, huge
views, dense forests, a myriad of streams, and best of all - more sheep than
Town - With a population of 8,000
this is the perfect sized town. Just big enough to have everything without
the traffic problems and hassles of a larger city. It has supermarkets, an
award winning new library, a boat filled harbour, museum, castle, pubs, and restaurants of every type including a Michelin Award winner. There are also cinemas, video rental shops, a superb sports
stadium, and doctors (heaven forbid you should need one!).
The town bustles and you can find anything you need - from tourist knick knacks
to outdoor gear. But, it's a real working town, not a tourist trap. Dungarvan
is as lovely as any town in Ireland but it doesn't give you the feeling of
existing just to separate you from your money. Click on the link above to
go to the Dungarvan Town site, which features views of the town.
- Kids - Within walking distance there's the beach, ten-pin bowling,
Crazy Golf, and a sports field. Within 5 minutes drive there's also a Pitch
& Putt, Driving Range, Cinema, and plenty of knick-knack shops in town.
- Local walks - We're in the country. Stroll out the
door and discover lovely, safe country lanes. Just a few hundred
metres away is the second oldest church in the diocese. Equestrian
Centres aren't far. For tons more to do in the area, plus maps
and descriptions of local walks, car drives, and the like go
to the Dungarvan
Short Drives and more...
Right. Those are some of the
immediate attractions. But, just slightly further afield are
plenty more. Among the big name places:
- Ring (An Rinne) and Helvick
Head - Ireland's most
isolated Gaeltacht, or native Irish speaking area. The famous
Irish school brings hundreds to the area each year.
- Lismore Heritage Town - The richest English Duke of the early
1800's poured vast sums into constructing a fantasy castle here.
- Waterford Crystal Centre - The world famous tour and showroom
are just a 40 minute drive.
- Ardmore Round Tower and ancient church - A 20 minute drive
to this lovely beach town with its cliff walk and historic site.
- Splashworld, Tramore - When you get tired of sand and want
to use the water slides, jacuzzis, wading and full size pools,
and wave machine.
- Golf, golf, golf, golf, golf,
golf... There are nine
superb golf courses in County Waterford, including West Waterford
Golf Course which is just a 10 minute drive away.
- Within 1 hour's drive - Fota Wildlife Park, Jameson Whiskey
Centre, Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle, Cork City, Youghal beach
and town, Kennedy Arboretum.
- In short, the Yellow Shell Cottage
is centrally located to do anything in the south of Ireland.
Or to just stay local and take it happily easy.
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