TRAMORE BEACH & SAND DUNES
Tramore does draw a crowd from nearby Waterford City but there is always plenty of room to spread out on this spacious beach.
At the eastern end of the bay, the beach is backed by the popular holiday resort of Tramore with its promenade and various amusements. As you head further along the beach towards Brownstown Head things become increasingly quiet and the backdrop becomes one of sand dunes. Just over the dunes is a tidal lagoon known as Back Strand.
Whilst Tramore is sheltered from some of the wind it picks up a fair bit of the Atlantic swells making it a popular spot with surfers. Fishing is also popular at Tramore with the area around the mouth of the lagoon providing the best catches including bass and flounder.
Tramore promenade can provide the thrill seekers with a variety of watersports, shops, restaurants, cafes or Amusments.
While just a few minutes walk along the beach will take you to the solitude of the back strand with some of Irelands largest sand dunes and the variety of wildlife found there.
Copper Coast Geopark
The Copper Coast Geopark is a designated area located along the southern coast of Ireland in County Waterford, extending for some 17 km from Kilfarrasy in the east to Stradbally in the west. The Copper Coast Geopark was the first Geopark designated on the island.
The Copper Coast is a spectacular record of the earths past linked cultural and intangible heritage and community activism. Its rocks and geosites tell the story of undersea volcanos, arid deserts and dramatic ice-ages while its human history is inextricably linked with its landscape from ancient to early modern times. The Copper Coast is named for the vast mines that once ran here during the 19th century and left an archaeological and cultural heritage
Westown, Tramore, Co. Waterford, Ireland
The Metal Man stands on one of three pillars near Newtown Cove, the maritime beacons were constructed through Lloyds of London at the behest of the Admiralty after the tragic loss of 360 lives after HMS Seahorse sank after becoming grounded at Brownstown Head in bad weather, this tragedy happened in 1816.
The Metal Man is still standing today and dressed in British sailors clothes, a blue jacket, red top and white trousers. The Metal Man is currently on private land and entry to the lands is blocked as the cliffs around the three pillars are very dangerous and unprotected.
The iron metal man figure itself was designed by Thomas Kirk. Only two of the four figures originally planned to make, were cast from that mould and the other figure sits in the water of Sligo Bay at Rosses Point, here the Metal Man is on a small pillar down in the harbour and not visible from long distances like the one in Tramore. The 3 towers at Westown and their sisters at Brownstown Head, Tramore were erected in 1823. They are sometimes thought to be the work of Alexander Nimmo, the same architect who designed Dunmore East lighthouse. However, information from the Inspectorate of Irish Lights mentions that George Halpin Snr. was responsible for their design.