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Cappoquin, Waterford

In West Waterford, this quiet market town lies beneath the southern slopes of the Knockmealdown Mountains and at the head of the tidal River Blackwater estuary. The surrounding country is well wooded and very beautiful, especially along the Blackwater Valley westwards to Fermoy, County Cork.

Cappoquin is a renowned angling centre for both the game and coarse angler. Sea trout, brown trout, salmon, roach, dace, rudd and tench are all species pursued in the very prolific angling waters.

Things To Do in Cappoquin

In the centre of the town and opened to the public is Cappoquin House & Gardens, an 18th century Georgian mansion built on the site of an old Fitzgerald castle. The house and gardens enjoy magnificent views over the Blackwater. It was built as one of a series of castles which commanded the tidal waters of the river.

Upstream, Lismore Castle can be seen, while downstream is Dromana, site of the great castle of the Earl of Desmond. Many tourists will also get a surprise when they come to a bridge over the river Finisk leading to quite an unusual building, the only Gothic, style Hindu Gate in Ireland, Dromana Gate - a mixture of Hindu Gothic with ogee arches - was built in 1830 as a honeymoon gift for Henry Villiers Stuart and his wife.

You might enjoy walking the 10km Glenshelane River Walk, which is signposted from Cappoquin. It features pockets of the original oak and later stands of Norway spruce. A carpet of bluebells is to be seen in spring. A small wooden bridge crosses the Glenshelane River all collectively making for a truly delightful ramble.

Quite rewarding in Cappoquin is fishing.  The Blackwater River offers both coarse and game angling. Please consult our angling section for details.

Dine at Richmond House a delightful 18th century Georgian Country House which was recommended in the 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland.

Thousands of visitors come each year to Mount Melleray Abbey, a Cistercian Abbey founded in 1830's by Irish Cistercian monks. Mount Melleray is situated in the foothills of the Knockmealdown Mountains, some four miles north of Cappoquin. Follow the signs to the monastery, stay for a few hours, enjoy the silence, solitude and serenity of this west Waterford sanctuary.

Cappoquin Map

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