Waterford City, one of Ireland's cleanest cities and home to the famous Waterford Crystal and the Viking Triangle is not only where Ireland Begins, it is also where the Waterford Greenway begins. Depart Waterford City along Grattan Quay to Bilberry, from here the Waterford Greenway follows the route of the abandoned Waterford to Dungarvan Railway line alongside the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway. This is a beautiful, peaceful, safe cycle/walk in a very scenic area as you journey beside the majestic River Suir, passing by Carriganore and Mount Congreve Gardens and on to Kilmeadan Station.
At Kilmeadan Station the Choo Choo Coffee Dock provides light snacks, refreshments, rest rooms, free WiFi and bike parking. There are indoor and outdoor tables for picnics.
Depending on your fitness level you can choose to walk or cycle from various points along the Waterford Greenway to Kilmeadan Station. There are car parks for the Waterford Greenway in :
Bike hire is available in Waterford City and WIT Campus at Carriganore. This section is ideal for young families to get a taste of the Waterford Greenway. Many combine it with a trip on Waterford & Suir Valley Railway and a treat in the Choo Choo Coffee Dock before making the return journey.
On departing Kilmeadan Station continuing west on Waterford Greenway, the next stop is the beautifully restored Workhouse and home to the Coach House Coffee Shop (13km), followed by the picturesque Village of Kilmacthomas (13.5km) This village is enjoying a new lease of life since the opening of Waterford Greenway in 2017. Refreshments and meals are available in the many coffee shops, restaurant and pubs in the area. It is a very welcome stop as it is half way between Waterford City and Dungarvan. It is also pretty spectacular to cycle over the Kilmacthomas eight arch stone Viaduct.
Continue from Kilmacthomas through McGrath's Cross and crossing over the Durrow Viaduct the next refreshment stop is at Shanacool, where ice cream, beverages and snacks can be purchased in Tom and Helen O'Mahony's Pub and shop.
From Shanacool you journey through the famous Durrow/Ballyvoyle Tunnell and then over the Ballyvoyle Viaduct. As you continue on towards Dungarvan you can enjoy the spectacular views of the Waterford Coast line overlooking Clonea. Dungarvan Bay is a welcome sight as you approach the town. Dungarvan is a very picturesque town, winning a silver medal in the International Entente Florale competition.
While in Waterford take the opportunity to enjoy Food the Waterford Way with many restaurants throughout the City and County serving up signature dishes that not only use fresh ingredients from the length and breadth of the county, but also really serve up a sense of what Waterford is all about.
Bicycle hire is available in
For further information on Waterford Greenway visit their website Waterford Greenway Website