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With an exceptional array of landscapes, the South East boasts a variety of walks amongst stunning coastal scenery and lush green hills and mountains.The South East is a region of history, heritage and great natural beauty. A craggy coastline and gentle coastal countryside gives way to rolling hills and towering mountains all crisscrossed by 'way marked ways' walking routes which link many towns and villages. Walking at your own pace whether beside the sea, alongside rivers or through forests and mountains you are free to savour the special charms of this splendid corner of Ireland. Below is useful advice if you are planning a walking holiday in Ireland.

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Walking festivals throughout the year include the Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival, Ballyhoura International Walking Festival, Carlow Walking Festival and the Nire Valley Walking Festival.
The Copper Coast gets its name from the 19th Century copper mines that lie at its heart. It comprises some 25 kilometres of spectacular coastline consisting of beaches and coves enclosed by rocky headlands. The area is a Geopark, which is not an enclosed park but an area of countryside which is geologically interesting and easy to get at. There is a European Geoparks network - over 30 Geoparks all over Europe; there is also a growing worldwide network of Geoparks associated with UNESCO. Copper Coast is the only European Geopark wholly in the Republic. (There is one which straddles the border - Fermanagh/Cavan). There is an office in Bunmahon in a former Church of Ireland church which the Copper Coast Geopark group are gradually turning into a community, cultural and interpretive centre. Here you can get walking cards and help and guidance on what to do in the area. Copper Coast Geopark. The Copper Coast Geopark is an outdoor museum of geological records. Volcanoes, oceans, deserts and ice sheets all combined to create the rocks which provide the physical foundation of the natural and cultural landscapes of the area. You can follow the self-guided "Copper Coast" trail and walking cards are available from the Geopark Office in Bunmahon. Guided tours for schools and other groups interested in learning about the geology of the area are also available
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Jerpoint Park is a visitor attraction in Thomastown, Co.Kilkenny. A National Monument Heritage Site with footprints of 12th Century Medieval Town & the Tomb of St. Nicholas (Bishop of Myra). Tea Rooms in Country House serving Homemade Scones a delight. Fishing on the River Nore for wild Salmon & Brown Trout on our private Fishery is special. Pony & Trap rides are magical.
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Offering panoramic coastal walks in the South East from the Hook, Kilmore Quay, Carnsore Point, St Helens, Rosslare etc. Our aim is to offer 1.5/2 hr guided relaxed walks with local info on history and flora and fauna, followed by tasty lunch. Walks and Lunch €20. Walk only €10. Transport €10 extra from Wexford Tourist Office. Walks on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Ring Catherine 086.1508498
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Jack Burtchaell's walking tour, through the regional capital and Ireland’s oldest city, Waterford takes only an hour but will leave a lasting memory. The walk includes two cathedrals, four national monuments, and a gallery of rogues and rascals, all delivered in a witty, entertaining style, by a master storyteller. Jack Burtchaell wears his scholarship lightly and many visitors appreciate that they have just spent an hour with someone very special in a city which has a history to match his telling of it. Jack is the 2002 national winner of the Irish Touring Guide Award. The daily tours will take place from mid March to mid October. Guided tours for groups of 10 or more by prior arrangements all year around. Phone : +353-(0)51-873711 Fax : +353-(0)51-582595 Email :
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The Waterford Garden Trail highlights 15 different garden attractions throughout County Waterford. There is a wide variety of gardens open for viewing, ranging from the gardens of the great old houses, to smaller gardens and garden centres. The Waterford Garden Trail offers something special for both the novice and experienced gardener. Many days can be spent enjoying a rich variety of flora and fauna species, all of which contribute to the uniqueness of the gardening attractions on the trail. A number of the older gardens have been lovingly restored through the years, while the smaller ones are maturing beautifully with time.
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