Time for a much-needed vacation
It’s time to gather your crew, get outside, and smell the great outdoors. Start with a sampling of fresh Mountain air with never-ending views or a tranquil ramble in one of our beautiful forests. Wash it all down with some delicious local food and drink while listening to live traditional Irish music – It all awaits you here!
Rathgormack is the perfect year-round destination for adventure-filled vacations in the South East of Ireland. It is the ideal location for basing an action packed break whether for family or a large group.
Cycling the many quiet country roads and specific off road tracks make it ideal for cycling enthusiasts or leisure cyclists with an opportunity to follow the Sean Kelly Route.
Forest Walks – With Numerous forest areas mapped out tracks to follow, there are many places to have a picnic and a game of orienteering or hide and go seek!
Fishing – The Comeragh mountains contain hidden lakes and tributaries to the Suir and the River Suir itself makes Rathgormack an ideal area for keen fishermen. Ask the locals about hot spots for a good catch.
Golf Clubs – Carrick-on-Suir and Clonmel Golf Clubs are less than 15mins away from Rathgormack.
Leisure Centre – Sean Kelly Sports Centre in Carrick-on-Suir with swimming pool and Gym.
Passage East Car Ferry – The scenic short cut between the beautiful counties of Wexford and Waterford.
Driving – Drive through beautiful countryside, past historic sights, enjoy peaceful crossing of the Suir Estuary by drive on, drive off car ferry and save time on your trip.
Horse Racing – Clonmel, Tramore and Gowran park are three racecourses within easy driving distance from Rathgormack and hold several race meetings throughout the year.
Traditional Music in Pubs – there are plenty of welcoming pubs including the local pub in the village itself, suitably named ‘The Village’ which is situated less than two minutes walk from the hostel. Great craic and music is guaranteed, and a tasty pizza if desired!
Other attractions within
easy driving distance
Waterford & Suir Valley Railway (Kilmeaden) – Take a trip along part of the old railway line along the river Suir and learn some of the heritage and folklore of the surrounding area. A must for all families.
Ormond Castle – (Carrick-on-Suir) – Built in the 16th Century, this Manor House fronts a larger complex dating from the 14th century. Thomas Butler, 10th Earl of Ormond added the ‘new’ north range which became know as the Manor house to the existing buildings. Free admission.
Heritage Centre – Visit the Carrick-on-Suir Heritage Centre, where photographs, documents and artefacts of the area are on display.
Main Guard (Clonmel) – The Main Guard was built by James Butler, Duke of Ormond, in 1675 as the Courthouse for the Palatinate or administrative are of Co. Tipperary. Free admission.
Swiss Cottage (Cahir) – A fairy tale, rustic “Cottage Orne” of great charm built in the 1800’s.
The Copper Coast UNESCO European Geopark – Discover the ancient story behind the formation of the rock, cliffs and inlets of this spectacular coastline.
Fenor Bog – National nature reserve at Fenor. The swampy woodland march habitats support diverse animal and birdlife from dragonflies and butterflies to deer and otter.
Mount Congreve Garden – (Kilmeaden) is a beautiful eighty acre garden consisting of extensive planted woodland, 2000 different rhododendrons, magnolia walks, a camellia collection and a Georgian glasshouse.
Curraghmore Eatste – (Portlaw) Magnificent home of the Marquis and his ancestors since 1170. Incudes an arboretum, a bridge built in 1205 and a unique shell house.
Lismore Castle Gardens and art gallery – The castle gardens are set in seven acres within the 17th century outer defensive walls and have spectacular views of Lismore Castle.
Lismore Heritage Centre – The story of Lismore dating from 636 AD is told in a new Virtual Reality re-telling of the Castle and it’s famous residents.
Also, check out, Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle, Mitchelstown Cave, Round Tower in Ardmore, Mount Melleray Abbey in Cappoquin.