A day trip to Ardmore, Co. Waterford

Round Tower

Round Tower

Jean and I took a trip on Sunday to Ardmore in County Waterford. The day was dry but varied between sunny and overcast and thankfully not a drop of rain. Ardmore nestles quietly in west Waterford and not far from Youghal a fantastic seaside town in Co. Cork. The outstanding feature is a Round Tower but its history is uncertain with Wikipedia saying that it may have been built in the 12th century but could date back to the 10th century. A further ‘but’ in the entry says that its first known mention is in 1642.

St Declan is the patron saint of Ardmore. Rumours were heard that Mum and Dad had a brief holiday there in July 1956. Do the math and guess where my name came from. Like all historical monuments and old graveyards accessibility is an issue and Ardmore is no different.There are a number of disabled parking spaces available with fine wide footpaths around the beach area.  We had a cuppa in the Ardmore Gallery & Tea Room but as the need didn’t arise I forgot to check the facilities for accessibility.

Clever Disguise for a Blank Wall

Clever Disguise for a Blank Wall

The beach stretches forever and is beautifully sandy. I didn’t venture onto the beach because sand and wheelchairs are not compatible.

The farmers market was accessible with help as it is held in a bumpy grassy field and the terrain did not suit the wheelchair.

At the Farmers Market

At the Farmers Market

All-in-all Ardmore is well worth a visit.

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