Dive into Waterford

Visitors are being encouraged ‘Dive Into Waterford’ this summer and uncover the depths of the Waterford they may not have known about.

As part of the campaign, Visit Waterford has created six different ‘Dive In’ itineraries with pretty coastal villages like Dunmore East, Ardmore and An Rinn, top destinations like Tramore, Lismore and Dungarvan and of course the oldest city in Ireland all featuring.

“Ireland’s oldest city has enjoyed a range of award wins, from the ‘Best Place to Live’ to, ‘Best Place to Visit’ and more,” Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr Joe Conway, said at the campaign launch. “So now, it is time for Waterford to shine and for visitors, now is the time to visit and take the opportunity to take a ‘dive into’ all that Waterford has to offer. We are so fortunate to enjoy a 147km unspoilt coastline, backed by two mountain ranges and the stunning Waterford Greenway connecting it all. There has always been a date in the future when the culmination of enormous investment in Waterford’s tourism product would arrive, and I believe that date has now arrived.”

By following the itineraries visitors can discover Waterford’s heritage, coastline, food, wild natural landscapes, watersports and other activities, and of course Waterford’s luxury offering.

Visit Waterford has also unveiled a new social media-based photography competition as part of its Dive Into Waterford campaign. The competition is a photographic celebration of Waterford and encourages people to discover their creativity and upload photos to social media using the #DiveIntoWaterford hashtag.

“Waterford is such a picture-perfect destination and we know that there are a great deal of wonderful photographic opportunities for people to dive into capturing images of our historic features, our coastline, our fantastic food, the wilds of Waterford and more,” said Chair of Visit Waterford Sara Dolan. “It will be wonderful to see the variety of interpretations that will result from the #DiveIntoWaterford photography competition this summer.”

For those wishing to enter, all you have to do is post a photograph to Instagram, X or Facebook; when doing so you must tag @VisitWaterford and you must use the #DiveIntoWaterford hashtag and post your image before August 31. Entries will also be accepted by emailing photos@visitwaterford.com. Finalists will be selected at the beginning of September and their images will be hosted in a public exhibition at Mount Congreve Gardens in Waterford in September 2024 where the finalists will be invited to an occasion and the winner will be announced. The finalists’ images will also be posted on Visit Waterford’s Facebook page for a public voting period to select the winning image.

Travel information, ‘Dive Into Waterford’ itineraries and an events guide are available on visitwaterford.com/dive-into-waterford/ and @visitwaterford on social media. For further details on the photography competition and full terms and conditions see www.visitWaterford.com Closing date is August 31 2024.


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