TRAMORE (Irish: Trá Mhór, meaning “big strand/beach”) is a seaside town in County Waterford on the southeast coast of Ireland. A small fishing village until the arrival of the railway in 1853, the town has continually expanded since. Initially the town flourished as a tourist destination and latterly it has developed as a seaside satellite town of Waterford City, which is 12 km to the North (15 minute drive). Waterford Airport is located about 6 km northeast. The town is situated on the north-western corner of Tramore Bay on a hill that slopes down to the strand, or sand spit, that divides the bay. Behind the spit lies the tidal lagoon known as the Back Strand. Tramore is one of Ireland’s leading holiday destinations located at the heart of the South East Coastal Drive and European Geopark, Copper Coast.
Tramore has become renowned as a surfing location in Ireland, as well as other watersports including kitesurfing and windsurfing and has many surf stores, board manufacturers, surf schools and hire shops in the town.
The scenic landscape of Tramore, represented by the strand and cliffs, attracts many walkers. Walks in the locality include the Doneraile Walk, Cliff Road Walk and of course Tramore’s spectacular 5km BLUE FLAG BEACH.
Entertainment and Accommodation
Tramore has a large range of bars and restaurants offering a great selection of good food and entertainment. Vistors can choose from self-catering holiday homes, motorhomes and hostels to high quality guesthouse and hotel accommodation.
Retail and Business
Tramore offers a variety of retail, businesses and services from small local shops to large supermarket outlets and industrial units.
Tramore has a long association with Horse Racing. Soon after the railway arrived, Lord Doneraile and James Delahunty built a new racecourse at Riverstown. Racing continued here until 1911, when the area finally succumbed to the sea, and, at low tide, one can still see part of the racecourse from the back strand. A new Tramore Racecourse was built at Graun Hill, where it currently operates. Although there is horse racing throughout the year, Tramore is known for it’s horse-racing festival that has been held every August. Over recent years the course has been developed and is also used as a venue for shows and music events.