About the Walk:
To get an idea of the vastness of Tramore bay then a walk on The Doneraile is a must. It has spectacular views of Tramore Bay, the Sandhills and Brownstown Head at the opposite side of the Bay. On a beautiful day there is nothing like a stroll along the cliff top where there are great areas to sit and even have a picnic.
It is named after a local landlord, Lord Doneraile, who donated the land to the Townspeople. On the walk with its wide open spaces you will pass a monument dedicated to one of the worst shipwrecks that Tramore Bay has ever seen – the loss of the British “Sea Horse” in January 1816. Over 360 lives were lost and this tragedy inspired the erection of the Beacon Towers in 1821 where the Metalman overlooks the Bay. Positioned half way along the walk is the old coast guard cannon which overlooks the bay from its position on an outcrop on top of the cliff.
A point of interest is “The Coastguard Station”, now a cultural centre with a beautiful gardens, cafe and exhibition area. Its a fantastic place to have a break where you can sit and enjoy the views of the bay and also enjoy the a menu of locally sourced food.
Take the R675 from Waterford City in the direction of Tramore. Follow this road through the roundabouts on arriving at Tramore – as far as Church Road. Look out for the entrance to the Doneraile on the left hand side of Church Road near the top of Galway’s Hill where the Trailhead is located.
|Tarmac and gravel
|Walking shoes and raingear