The Heritage Route

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  • Name
  • The Heritage Route
  • Grade
  • Very Challenging
  • Distance
  • 106 kms
  • Type
  • Loop
  • Estimated time
  • 6 hours
  • Ascent
  • 1100m
  • Terrain
  • On Road
  • Waymarking
  • White signs with blue text
  • Parking and Trailhead
  • Dungarvan
  • Trailhead OSI Map No, Grid Ref/GPS
  • X 263 933 , 52.088954, -7.620194
  • Minimum Gear
  • prepare for all-weather types
  • Dogs allowed
  • N/A


As its name suggests this route brings cyclists through some of the most scenic and historic parts of the county. Heading due west out of Dungarvan the route travels a winding country road which leads to the delightful village of Villierstown, birthplace of John Treacy, Olympic Silver Medallist and World Cross Country Champion. Cyclists will enjoy the scenery afforded by the wonderful Dromana Drive and superb views of the River Blackwater. A delightful surprise awaits, just before the town of Cappoquin, with the appearance of the unexpected Hindu-Gothic Gate Lodge, built to mark the marriage of a local landlord and MP, Henry Villiers Stuart in the 19th Century. The heritage town of Lismore is the ideal place for a well earned rest. Take time to explore this historic town which dates back to 636 A.D. The route then turns southwards and cyclists can explore some of West Waterford’s hidden splendour including Camphire Bridge, Knockanore and Glendine. At Youghal Bridge the route turns east towards Ardmore, renowned for its stunning 12th century Round Tower and Cathedral. The return leg of the route will take cyclists through the county’s Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) area, An Rinn. The nearby Helvick Head, which is just off the route, is well worth a visit before returning to Dungarvan.