Summer is here (sort of) and it's the perfect opportunity to take a few days off for exploring.
If you find yourself in Waterford at this time of year, well, lucky you. It's arguably the most beautiful spot in the country when the sun is shining and there's plenty of options when it comes to enjoying some fresh air.
Slap on the suncream and take your pick...
Embark on an epic helicopter tour
After taking off from Waterford Airport, you'll take in breathtaking panoramic views of the Copper Coast. The area has been a UNESCO Geopark since 2004 and this is the perfect gift for a loved one or even as a way of spoiling yourself.
More information can be found here.
Find the hidden beach at Portally Cove
Waterford is brimming with obvious natural beauty but if you look a bit harder you'll be able to find little nooks and crannies that many will not have heard of before. This little spot near Dunmore East will never have too many visitors and is ideal to catch a few rays on a sunny day.
Visit Mount Congreve Gardens
This Georgian estate can be found on the banks of the River Suir near Kilmeaden. Spreading across 70 acres, you can get away from it all and take in some vitamin D while you roam around these sprawling grounds.
There are a number of hidden treasures to encounter on the way including the spectacular Chinese pagoda, the classical temple and the rock waterfall.
Have a pint outside The Strand
One we've mentioned before and we're mentioning it again because it never ever gets old. Put the sunnies on, order a drink and kick back in one of the most scenic beer gardens in the country.
Cycle the Waterford Greenway
There's nothing like hopping on a bike on a summer's day and this 46km trail is perfect for the cycling enthusiasts out there. Of course, you don't have to do the whole trek and if you don't fancy biking at all you can just walk it.
That said, rolling along the Waterford coast on two wheels is the best way to sample this route.
Surfing in Tramore
Summers in Tramore will be ingrained in the memory for many who grew up in Ireland but it's not all family fun. Experts can catch a few waves at one of Ireland's prime surf spots while beginners can avail of lessons before they hit the water.
Visit Jack Meade's Beer Garden
A well-known spot in Waterford but it may not ring a bell if you're from further afield. Jack Meade's has one of Ireland's finest beer gardens and it's a great place to park yourself for the day.
Do the Dunmore East Cliff Walk
Make your way to the top of the village and past Harbour House (the old convent). Here you'll find a stunning cliff walk which will provide a workout as well as spectacular views over the sea. Reward yourself afterwards in any of Dunmore's fine selection of pubs.