Tramore, Co. Waterford

The next place I visited during my holiday in July was Tramore, a seaside town in County Waterford, on the southeast coast of Ireland.

Tramore (Irish: Trá Mhór, meaning ‘Big beach‘) is a very popular destination. “Everybody” was in Tramore, so I always wanted to go there.

With humble origins as a small fishing village, the area saw rapid development upon the arrival of the railway from Waterford City in 1853.

It became South East’s leading Holiday Resort due to its large, sheltered bay and range of facilities for holidaymakers.

From top-class accommodation in hotels, guest Houses, and B&Bs, and self-catering, to leisure activities such as Splashworld. The largest indoor aqua adventure playground in the South East, surfing, fishing, hiking, horse riding, golf, and Amusement Park.

The town has long been associated with Irish tourists and offered a traditional seaside experience of ice cream, fairground, and sand. The beachfront features a long promenade and an amusement park. It is a popular resort for tourists in the summer. And has 5 km (3 mi) of beach and sand dunes looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean.

The first thing I notice when we drove into the town was a four-acre amusement park fully packed.

On the day I was there the weather was amazing. It was one of the hottest days this Summer so the beach was packed.

It was for me very hard to take some good photos because of a crowd of people.

I admit I prefer places where are not many people. I`m in love in Curracloe Beach, Co. Wexford which is so large it is in no way overcrowded.

Tramore Beach stretches for 5km along the bay in front of the town.

And is one of the most popular beaches on Ireland’s east coast. The sandy beach is backed by sand dunes and impressive cliffs, with rolling waves popular amongst swimmers and surfers.

Anyway, I had lovely lunch at The Ranch Restaurant in Tramore. I ordered a fish burger called Finn Mac Cumhaill and they had really good fries.

Of all the attractions Tramore has to offer it is The Metal Man, however, appearing so small from the sandy dunes of Tramore beach, which literally stands out like a beacon. Tramore’s Metal Man is one of the country’s, if not the country’s, more intriguing monuments. It is a 3-meter tall cast-metal figure of a sailor pointing seawards, set atop the central pillar on Newtown Head and warning seafarers away from dangerous shallow waters. Constructed as a maritime beacon after the tragic loss of over 350 lives after the HMS Seahorse sank back in 1816.

I hope to come back to Tramore but definitely not in the busy season to see more of its attraction like Guillamene and Newtown Cove, Doneraile Walk, and Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens.

Location of Tramore:

Below are photos I took in July 2021.


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