The nearby village of Ballyduff boasts a sports hall and community field, four pubs and a shop. The area is particularly renowned for its salmon, trout & coarse fishing. Fishing bait and ghillies can be arranged locally.
Ballyduff Upper has a number of events and festivals throughout the year. The most notable of these are the West Waterford Drama Festival in March, The Gala Festival in August and The Booley House which runs each Wednesday night during the months of July and August.
Nearby attractions include- Golf, Fishing, Horse-Riding, Country and River walks.
The Blackwater or Munster Blackwater (Irish: An Abha Mhór, The Big River) is a river which flows through counties Kerry, Cork, and Waterford in Ireland. It rises in the Mullaghareirk Mountains in County Kerry and then flows in an easterly direction through County Cork, through Mallow and Fermoy.
It then enters County Waterford where it flows through Lismore, before abruptly turning south at Cappoquin, and finally draining into the Celtic Sea at Youghal Harbour.
In total, the Blackwater is 169 km (105 mi) long. The total catchment area of the River Blackwater is 3,324 km2. The long term average flow rate of the River Blackwater is 89.1 Cubic Metres per second (m3/s) The Blackwater is notable for being one of the best salmon fishing rivers in the country. Like many Irish and British rivers, salmon stocks declined in recent years, but the Irish Government banned commercial netting of salmon off the coast of Ireland in November 2006.
There are so many nearby areas for fishing with the Blackwater and Sea fishing is also available at Dungarvan (30kms) and Youghal (20kms).
Fishing locally can be booked at the following;
The heritage town of Lismore, world famous for its Castle is just 8 kms away. Take a walk through the magnificent castle gardens, visit the art gallery or wander along Lady Louise’s walk on the bank of the River Blackwater.
Lismore also offers a 9 hole golf course, hotel, numerous pubs and restaurants. The Towers which are located in Ballysaggartmore are just 5km away and offer a scenic walkway and the beautiful Towers and Lodges can be seen up close.
The spectacular Vee in the Knockmealdown Mountains is also just 7km away, also there is Baylough.
East Cork & West Waterford
Youghal, Ardmore & Dungarvan seaside towns are within 30minutes drive. All are famous for their heritage landmarks, beautiful beaches fantastic golf courses and superb restaurants and pubs. The Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore is regarded as one of the finest small luxury 5 star hotels in Ireland, as well as a michelin-starred restaurant.
Being situated on the River Blackwater means that there are many water activities available not far from the area. Blackwater Outdoor Activities is located in Castletownroche and is only 32 kms away. They offer many different activities from paint balling to tubing down the River Blackwater to kayaking and zip lining. They also offer many great packages for large groups, school tours, over night stays, multiple day schedules and even stag and hen parties.
Blackwater Boating is also a fun activity and is located only in Cappoquin which is only a 18 kms away. They also offer many different packages where you can go kayaking, canoeing or camping.
Cobh & Fota
Being located on the Waterford – Cork border means that you can travel to most of East Corks tourist attractions which are only a short distance away. Fota Wildlife Park in Cobh, Cork is just 52 kms away and really is worth the trip.
Cobh is renowned for many famous tourist attractions and it was where the worldwide famous Titanic ship sailed from and has a tour all about it. Spike Island is also located just off the harbour in Cobh which is a unique visitor experience.
Fota Island Resort, a 5 star luxury hotel, just 20 minutes from the Wildlife Park, offers a gourmet restaurant and a luxury spa. Fota House is also a major tourist attraction in this area and is only a 10 minute walk from the Wildlife Park. It is a historic building surrounded by the beautiful gardens which you can also visit and walk through.
Other tourist attraction links in East Cork: