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Waterford Estuary Coastal Path – Dunmore East to Ballymacaw
Dunmore East, Co. Waterford
Plan a visit to the rugged Dunmore Cliffs in County Waterford. Set off on the Dunmore East Cliff Walk and break for a picnic at pretty Portally Cove.

Begin the Dunmore East Cliff Walk from the signposted point at the back of the Old Convent in Dunmore East village. Marvel at the breathtaking views of Hook Head and the famous Hook Lighthouse.

Your route can range from a few kilometres to a longer trek, depending on how far you want to go. Take a rest when you reach Portally Cove to the west of the village and listen to the waves crashing across the rocks.

Keep your eyes peeled for red legged chough, cormorants and kittiwakes and look out for seals in the clear blue waters.

In the evening, enjoy dinner in Dunmore East Village.

Trail details

Walking Trail
Dunmore East
Dogs allowed:
    Time:2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
    Nearest town start:Dunmore East
    Nearest town finish:Dunmore East
    Start point:Dunmore East Harbour Car Park
    Finish point:Ballymacaw Cove
    Waymarking:Red arrow on white background
    Facilities:In Dunmore East/At Trailhead: Car Parking, toilets, restaurants, cafes, shops, accommodation
Why we like it
  • Have a picnic at Portally Cove.
  • Admire the stunning scenery.
  • Explore the pretty village of Dunmore East.
  • Spot Hook Head Lighthouse in the distance.
Contact details
Coxtown East, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Leave no trace
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Be considerate of others
  • Respect farm animals and wildlife
  • Travel and camp responsibly
  • Leave what you find
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Protect nature from fire
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