Road trip! Limerick to Waterford

A journey from the historic city of Limerick on the banks of the River Shannon to the beautiful wilds of County Waterford takes you on an adventure through the breathtaking Irish landscape. On this trip, you’ll pass ancient mountains, beautiful lakes and historic castles, journey through three Irish counties and experience the best of Irish hospitality!

River Shannon in Limerick | © William Murphy/Flickr

Before you leave the lively, medieval-era city of Limerick, have a traditional Full Irish breakfast at The Locke Bar and Restaurant; or try what’s on offer at local favourite Hook & Ladder. If a full breakfast isn’t to your taste, they also have a wide selection of pastries and pancakes to tempt you!

Once fortified, take your car and head southeast out of the city. First, you’ll go through quaint Tipperary town. If you need a tea break, try the French Quarter Cafe, a foodie favourite!

Just over an hour of easy driving will bring you to Cahir, home to one of the largest and best preserved medieval castles in Ireland.

Continuing on, past the beautiful, blink or you’ll miss it village of Bansha, we recommend taking a small detour to explore the Glen of Aherlow. This stunning 50 acre national park has a wonderful hotel right on its doorstep, the Aherlow House Hotel and Lodges, offering uninterrupted views of the countryside.

Or why not take a coffee break at Kilcoran Lodge Hotel & Leisure Centre, nestled outside the town in the foothills of the Galtee Mountains. Enjoy your break with  views of the Knockmealdown mountains and impressively lush gardens surrounding the hotel.

Continue your journey through the Knockmealdown Mountains, come to the spectacular Vee Pass with its breathtaking panoramic views.

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Close to the Vee is the burial place of Captain Grubb, who was buried standing up, with his gun and dog, forever overlooking his estate.  A mere five minutes later, you’ll also pass a quaint historic church tucked away just off the main road.

At the foot of the Knockmealdown Mountains, right where the N72 road crosses the River Blackwater and not far from the Tipperary/Waterford border is the town of Lismore. Lismore is heaven for history buffs with its castle, cathedral, towers and heritage centre. It also has a wealth of great wining and dining options- try Foleys on the Mall for lunch, housed in a building that dates to the 1870s, or Lizzie Brien’s café for some sweet treats! If you want to stay longer to enjoy this lovely little town, we recommend the Ballyrafter Hotel– full of character and charm, it’s the perfect country stay!

Your next stop will be the compact, cultural and historic city of Waterford! Look our for our next post on what to see, eat and do in Waterford city.