Honorary train conductor Rosie Jennings at the Waterford Suir Valley Railway for the launch of Visit Waterford’s summer campaign. Photo: Patrick Browne

Start your adventure where Ireland begins

By Geraldine Fizgerald

The nation is dusting off its suitcases, ready for a summer on the Irish shores once again.

We’re lucky to have such lovely shores, none more so than in the sunny south east of Waterford, where the oldest city and county is looking forward to welcoming visitors.

As hotels began to reopen yesterday, Wednesday, and outdoor hospitality can begin on 7 June, excitement and anticipation is really building in Waterford, home to a gorgeous greenway and a huge array of things to do and see.

David McCoy, Chairman of Visit Waterford and Sales & Marketing Director, House of Waterford Crystal commented on the launch of Visit Waterford’s summer domestic campaign called 'Start your adventure Where Ireland Begins'.

David said: “We’re very much looking forward to the reopening of Waterford’s tourism industry and welcoming visitors.

“There’s something for everyone, from the tranquil coastlines and picturesque mountains to the vibrancy of Waterford city and an award winning food destination surrounded by an array of fantastic restaurants, cafés and food producers.

“Whether you’re after five star luxury, self-catering or even a day trip, there are options to suit the whole family. No matter what part of Waterford you choose to visit, adventure awaits in every corner of the city and county.”

While it has been an extremely challenging year for the Irish hotel and hospitality industry, Tina Darrer, Co-owner of Dooley’s Hotel in Waterford city is optimistic for the months ahead. She said: “We are looking forward to getting back to what we do best.

“Welcoming families and friends as they enjoy their time together after a long absence.

“We will enjoy the sounds that define our hotel - the clink of glasses, the excited chatter, the laughter. We have everything all on our doorstep.”

For further information on Visit Waterford head over to visitwaterford.com which is packed full of wonderful itineraries and a comprehensive listing on everything that this special region has to offer.