Things to do in Waterford – A Self-Catering Stay

Salterbridge Gatelodge, a cosy Irish Landmark Trust property, is situated between the towns of Cappoquin and Lismore in Co. Waterford, Ireland. This charming accommodation, which sleeps two guests, is an ideal base for exploring the diverse offerings of Ireland’s Ancient East.

Co. Waterford boasts a variety of attractions, including beautiful beaches, stunning mountains, quaint villages, and the lively Waterford City. The region is also known for its thriving artisan food scene, with numerous local producers and excellent dining options.

During your 7-night stay at Salterbridge Gatelodge, you’ll have the opportunity to discover the rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and vibrant culture of the area. Whether you’re interested in outdoor activities, historical sites, or simply relaxing in a tranquil setting, this location has something to offer.

History of the property

Salterbridge Gatelodge, a historic property conserved and cared for  by the Irish Landmark Trust, was built around 1849 by the Chearnly family, who owned the estate from the mid-18th century until the 1950s. The classically proportioned pavilion gatelodge was designed to showcase the architectural style of the main house and demonstrate the status and taste of the original owner.

The lodge was inhabited until the 1930s, with the Glanville family being the last known residents. However, by the 1950s, the property had fallen into disrepair and was left derelict. The Irish Landmark Trust has since restored Salterbridge Gatelodge, preserving its historical and architectural significance. Today, the gatelodge offers visitors the opportunity to experience a piece of Irish history while enjoying a comfortable stay in Co. Waterford. Located between the towns of Cappoquin and Lismore, Salterbridge Gatelodge is an ideal base for exploring the region’s rich heritage and beautiful landscapes.

Day 1: Explore Lismore 

Lismore is a ten-minute drive from Cappoquin and you could happily spend a day here as there is plenty to do.For example, there are a number of guided walks to choose from. Choose from the Lismore town tour, Lady Louisa walk, Motte and Bailey or St Declan’s Way. 

Or visit Lismore Castle. The castle itself is a private residence, but the seven acres of walled gardens are yours to explore. Enjoy a picnic as part of your visit to the Gardens. Teena, the castle chef, prepares freshly made cakes, scones and savoury snacks to include alongside apple juice from the orchard. You can also order a selection of delicious whole 9-inch round cakes to collect from the Gallery to enjoy back at the Lodge later on. Picnics and cakes are available each Thursday, Friday and Saturday from June until August 2023 and must be ordered and pre-paid at least 24 hours in advance. Place your order here

The Castle has a great selection of events on at different times throughout the year. 

Lismore has some nice independent shops. For those who wish for something handmade and unique Lismore Goldsmith is the jeweller to visit. It is run by goldsmiths Úna O’Dwyer and Moritz Schurmann and is located on the main street. They stock an extensive collection of fine jewellery ranging from diamond solitaire rings to precious gemstone pieces, most of which are handmade and designed in their in-shop studio. 

Lismore is famous for its biscuits and beautiful buttery shortbread. You can purchase some of the delicious Lismore Food Company range at the Lismore Heritage Centre or Supervalu, in Cappoquin. Wild Oats are a local producer of soap, bath milks, oils and candles. They make carefully blended skincare and wellness products. These products are available to buy at the Lismore Heritage Centre. 

Day 2: Houses and Gardens

Visit Mount Congreve Gardens (40 minute drive), a 70-acre garden overlooking the River Suir. Mount Congreve Gardens is a special place to visit at any time of the year. They have a variety of events throughout the year. From Yoga on the lawn to Festive Afternoon Teas, there’s something for everyone in the family. Every Thursday, between March – October, there are guided tours of the gardens at 2:00 pm (weather permitting). 

We recommended visiting Cappoquin House (5 minute drive) where you’ll be welcome to tour the house and five acres of gardens. 

Alternatively, you could also visit Mount Mellary Abbey (10-minute drive), the first monastery founded in Ireland after the Reformation. Visitor tip – stop for a coffee in their lovely cafe! 

Why not take some of the local walks in Cappoquin? There are four wonderful waymarked walking trails in Glenshelane. The Blue Trail (2 km, 45 mins, easy, blue) is looped on a flat gradient adjacent to the river and is suitable for all ages. The Green Trail (3.5 km, 1.25 hrs, moderate, green) is also a loop that will take the walker out a little further along the river. The Red Trail (9.5 km, 3.5 hrs, strenuous, red) is a long linear walk that takes you to the more remote parts of the forest, whilst the linear Grotto Walk (2.75 km, 1.5 hrs, moderate, orange) takes in the Scout Centre, the underpass under Lyre Bridge and the Grotto at Mount Mellary.

Day 3: Explore the Vee & Seaweed baths

Spend the morning exploring The Vee Scenic Drive, known for its stunning views of the Knockmealdown mountains. You can choose to drive, hike, or cycle in the area. The drive is about 16 miles long and takes you through the towns of Lismore and Clogheen. Stop at the famous “Vee” viewpoint to take in the panoramic vistas of the countryside and Bay Lough.

If you prefer hiking or cycling, check out the Knockmealdown Active website for information on various trails suitable for different fitness levels. The Lough Mohra Loop is a popular 7.5km moderate trail that offers beautiful views of the mountains.

After an active morning, relax at Solas na Mara Seaweed baths at Helvick  Head (30 mins from the lodge) Seaweed baths are a traditional Irish therapy known for their healing properties. The warm seawater, infused with local seaweed, is rich in minerals and nutrients that can help soothe muscles and promote well-being.

Solas na Mara offers private bathrooms with modern facilities, including a steam box, rainfall shower, and relaxation area. The staff will guide you through the process to ensure you get the most out of your experience. After your bath, unwind in the relaxation room with a herbal tea.

Consider booking a massage or other treatment to complement your seaweed bath. Solas na Mara offers various therapies, such as hot stone massage, reflexology, and facials.

Day 4: Explore the Copper Coast & Taste of Waterford Tour

Explore the Copper Coast, which stretches for about 75km from Tramore to Dungarvan. This stunning coastal route takes you through secret coves, sandy beaches, historic sites, and great food spots in Bunmahon, Stradbally, and Clonea Beach. The Copper Coast is now a UNESCO Global Geopark, recognised for its unique geological heritage.

You can take a self-guided tour or book a guided tour to learn more about the area’s history and geology. The Copper Coast Geopark website provides information on various trails, attractions, and activities in the area.

Discover Co. Waterford’s fantastic food scene and beautiful landscapes with a Waterford Taste Tour. Meet local producers and learn about the region’s culinary heritage. Taste Waterford offers a couple of tour options, each showcasing different aspects of the county’s food culture.

Their tours are led by knowledgeable guides who will take you to various locations, such as artisan food producers, craft breweries, and farms. You’ll have the opportunity to sample local specialities, learn about traditional production methods, and hear the stories behind the products.

Day 5: Explore the Waterford Greenway

Spend your morning exploring the Waterford Greenway, a stunning 46km route that hugs the coastline from Waterford City, through the Comeragh Mountains, and on to Dungarvan (just a 15-minute drive from Salterbridge). You can choose to walk or cycle the Greenway, taking in the breathtaking scenery along the way.

The Greenway offers a perfect mix of nature, history, and outdoor adventure. Along the route, you’ll find plenty of pit stops, including cafes, restaurants, and picnic areas, making it easy to take breaks and refuel. Whether you decide to tackle the entire 46km or just a portion of it, exploring the Waterford Greenway is a fantastic way to spend your morning.

After your morning on the Greenway, head to the Dungarvan Brewing Company for their brewery tour. This 90-minute interactive session will take you behind the scenes of the brewing process, where you’ll learn about the ingredients used and how the beer is made.

The knowledgeable staff will guide you through the brewery, explaining each step of the brewing process and sharing the history and philosophy behind Dungarvan Brewing Company. At the end of the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to sample some of their award-winning craft beers and ask any questions you may have.

Day 6: Golf & Spa Day

Start your day by enjoying a round of golf at one of the three local clubs near Dungarvan, just a 15-minute drive from Salterbridge. Choose from West Waterford, Gold Coast (both established in 1993), or the more longstanding Dungarvan Golf Club. Each course offers a unique golfing experience, catering to players of all skill levels.

Dungarvan Golf Club, in particular, is known for its stunning location overlooking Dungarvan Bay and the Comeragh Mountains. The 18-hole course provides a challenging and enjoyable round of golf in a picturesque setting.

After a morning on the golf course, pamper yourself with a relaxing treatment at one of the area’s top-rated spas. The Ocean Day Spa in Dungarvan, just a 15-minute drive away, offers a wide range of treatments designed to help you unwind and rejuvenate.

Choose from massages, facials, body treatments, and more, all performed by experienced therapists using high-quality products. The spa’s tranquil atmosphere and attentive staff will ensure that you leave feeling refreshed and renewed.

Alternatively, if you’re willing to venture a bit further (about 20 minutes from Dungarvan), the Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore is home to another exceptional spa. The Cliff Spa offers a variety of packages and treatments, all designed to promote relaxation and well-being.

Their “Cliff Spa Classic” package includes a 60-minute treatment of your choice, access to the spa’s facilities, and a light lunch or afternoon tea. The spa’s stunning location, perched on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, adds to the overall sense of tranquillity and luxury.

Day 7: Ardmore Adventure

Take a trip to the lovely village of Ardmore, a 30-minute drive away. Walk the scenic Ardmore Cliff Walk, an easy 4km loop with great views of the coast and St. Declan’s Well.

Afterwards, visit Ardmore Pottery to browse their selection of unique, handcrafted pottery pieces made by local artists.For more ideas on things to do in Ardmore, check out this guide

On the way back, stop in the village of Villierstown, built by the Villiers-Stuart family. The village shop offers delicious homemade cakes. If time allows, visit Dromana House and Gardens, a Georgian mansion with river views. Note the limited opening time.

Try Blackwater Eco Tours for guided kayaking and outdoor activities in the Blackwater River Valley.

Places to eat in the area:

In Lismore:

Foleys on the Mall

The Farmgate ( opening Summer 2024)

In Cappoquin:

In nearby Dungarvan, The Tannery Restaurant and the The Old Bank come highly recommended.

For more places to eat in Dungarvan visit here.
For a list of great places to eat in Co. Waterford, click here.

Local products available at Supervalu in Cappoquin:

  • Knockanore Cheese: a hard-pressed, mature farmhouse cheddar-style cheese
  • Knockalara Goats Cheese: handmade using traditional methods
  • Crinnaghtaun Apple Juice: pure, hand-picked, and pressed apple juice

Our House Manager recommends:

  • Vinilo Micro Bakery in Lismore: sourdough bread and pastries, open Thu-Sun 8 am-4 pm
  • Blackwater Eco Tours do a wonderful guided boat trip. Times vary depending on tides.
  • Lismore Craft & Farmers Market: every Sunday from April to October
  • Barron’s Bakery and Coffee Shop: baking bread since 1887, serving meals and snacks Mon-Sat until 4pm off season and  5:00 pm in Summer months.
  • Knockmealdown Wildflower Honey and Tilly’s Natural Cosmetics: available at Lismore Craft and Farmers Market

Find a list of other markets in Co. Waterford here.

And of course, don’t miss the Waterford Blaa from Walshes Bakery!

When to visit: 

Waterford is a great destination year-round. For a full list of events throughout the year, check out The Visit Waterford site! 

Tip: Staying at an Irish Landmark Trust property gets cheaper the longer you stay, so consider booking an extra night. With so much to see and do near Salterbridge Gatelodge, you might just need it!

Please note that all information provided above is intended as a suggested guide and was correct at the time of writing (Summer 2024). Always consult the relevant websites for the most up-to-date opening times and booking details.

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