Ireland’s big strand

The holiday town of Tramore on the south coast of Waterford gets its name from the Irish Trá meaning beach and Mór meaning big. The five kilometers of golden sands have been the playground of Irish holidaymakers since the 1850s when a trainline turned the erstwhile sleepy little fishing village into a tourist destination. It’s been going strong ever since. There’s something for everyone; an amusement park, nature trails, fishing, surfing, pony trekking and golf, but the main attraction will always be the big strand that gave the town its name.

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From some angles, it might look like a quiet little spot…

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… but there’s always something going on at the strand. It’s the perfect spot to walk the dog…

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…take a turn in your kayak…

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… go for a paddle…

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… or play in the sand.

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It is the epitome of the Irish seaside experience. Summer’s here, break out the sunblock.

About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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23 Responses to Ireland’s big strand

  1. cindy knoke says:

    I want to visit! Beauteous~

  2. joanfrankham says:

    Beautiful pictures. Many years ago one of my first holidays when I started work was to Tramore…in a tent…and guess what, it rained and rained. I haven’t been camping very often since then, but if it always looked like this, who knows!

    • ailsapm says:

      Joan, I have the exact same childhood memory of Tramore – but we did find a place with amazing doughnuts and when I revisited recently I discovered they’re still in business! They weren’t open (it was just before tourist season hit) so I’m going to have to go back and see if those doughnuts are just as delish as I remember them to be. 🙂

  3. True picture of summer (except it looks a bit cooler there than here judging from the clothes)
    Is this a sheltered area where the waters are always this calm?

    • ailsapm says:

      It’s actually a very exposed stretch of coastline, phil, great surfing round this way – it looks deceptively calm because of shallow waters that have been the demise of many a poor ship in years gone by.

      • Galveston’s beach is a long shallow continental shelf, too…there’s surf, but better when there’s storms/winter. Great place to easily learn ripple riding (as we call it with the limited waves.)
        Ships/tnkers know to stay in the marked channels here. too

  4. viveka says:

    Beautiful post …. amazing images … lived on Ireland for 11 years in total and I never seen any beach being this inviting. I hope that you’re able to visit Donegal … there we talk about beaches, but if you fall into the water you have to be good swimmer, because the otherside is US:

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh yes, Viveka, Donegal is spectacular and it’s definitely on my list of destinations to write about. The whole west coast, actually, I adore Connemara and Galway too. But yes, it’s an awfully long swim from there to the next piece of land! 🙂

      • viveka says:

        Galway is one of my favorite place … and Kinsale – a hidden gem … just next to Cork, a must if visiting Ireland … please don’t forget Northern Ireland, my favorite part.

  5. Heyjude says:

    I would never have thought of that colour water in Ireland. Quel surprise! Looks like a gorgeous place 🙂

  6. ledrakenoir says:

    So inspiring… 🙂

  7. Lovely place, Ailsa, and how cute those grown-up kids are, playing sandcastles. 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Haha, you’re the first one to say anything, those guys cracked me up – their kids went off playing in the ocean, but the two dads were so wrapped up in building the sandcastles they just kept right on building. 🙂

  8. I love Waterford such a beautiful place

  9. Bill Hayes says:

    I walked those stretching sands at Easter this year with my family. On my desk I have a framed picture of my mother I took 50 years ago and I stood on that same spot again. We brough back a most extrordinary stone from that beach which now asits in our garden. Very nice pictures.

  10. Lovely summery photos

  11. I was surprised at how warm the water was off the coast of Dublin considering how cool the weather always is…

  12. Those two grown men playing sandcastles are just adorable 🙂

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  15. Can’t wait to see the coasts of Ireland again. We’ll be there in five days! Starting with the Co.Down coast in the north, then Clifden and Dingle area after that. So excited! It’s the toughest part of being landlocked in Calgary – I miss the sea. – Suzan –

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