Looking for things to do in Lismore in Ireland’s Ancient East? During your stay at our luxurious cottage rental: No. 8 Lismore, you will not be short of activities to enjoy. Justifiably proud of its long and distinguished history, the town of Lismore provides a whole host of things to do. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, rivers and mountains, you will be spoilt for choice.

Are you a history buff or a keen golfer? A culture vulture or an angler? A strolling rambler or hike-lover? A foodie or a gardener? Scroll down to view a variety of options which will bring out the adventurer in you. You will quickly see that West Waterford provides a truly unique experience and has plenty to offer.

After your busy day, wind down in one of Lismore’s excellent restaurants and pubs, which are full of character and located just minutes from the house. For those wishing to self-cater, visit the excellent local suppliers to choose the best of ingredients for your meals.

Depending on the time of year, you can look forward to some of the many annual festivals that take place in Lismore and nearby towns and cities.

  • Mar: Devonshire Day, Lismore Castle
  • Apr: Towers & Tails (for Kids), Lismore Castle; West Waterford Food Festival
  • May: Bealtaine Festival; West Waterford Garden Trail Events
  • June: Lismore Opera Festival; Lismore Antiques Fair; Immrama Festival of Travel Writing
  • July: Camphire International Horse Trials
  • Aug: Sean Kelly Cycling Tour, Heritage Week
  • Sept: Harvest Festival – Waterford City, Culture Night – (National Festival)
  • Oct: Halloween Camps – Lismore Heritage Centre
  • Dec: Lismore Choir at St. Carthage’s Cathedral





The River Blackwater offers excellent angling opportunities for anglers and fishing enthusiasts. It is Ireland’s fourth-largest river and it is at its fullest as it passes through Lismore. Its waters are teeming with brown trout and salmon, which you can fish when the seasons are open. You’ll be able to sample renowned fishing spots such as the Lismore Castle Beat, the Fitzwilliam Castle Beat and the Ellis Beat.


Walking in Lismore! If you’re a hillwalker, Lismore is ideally located for exploring the Knockmealdown and Comeragh Mountains. Head for the stunning Vee route in the Knockmealdowns, or embrace the challenge of hiking to Coumsingaun in the Comeraghs. If you prefer a gentler walk, try Lady Louisa's Walk, a picturesque wooded walk along the banks of the river, named after the daughter of the seventh Duke of Devonshire.


No. 8 Lismore is located in a safe, quiet place for your children to play and explore, and there’s plenty to keep them occupied when it comes to family activities in Lismore. They can experience history in a fun way with an interactive tour of Lismore Heritage Centre. Wander over to the Millennium Park for an ice-cream and let your children explore the Ice House and the water features there, and then on into the Play-Ground next door. See the ducks down at the Canal and go for a paddle at the Strand. Go for a picnic at the magical Ballysaggartmore Towers or discover the secrets of the banks of the River Blackwater in canoes and kayaks with Blackwater Boating. Take a short spin to Dungarvan, rent some bikes and cycle the wonderful Waterford Greenway. There's a vast array of rivers, beaches and mountains nearby too, so you are sure to have an amazing family holiday.


Golfing in Lismore! If you love the outdoors, Lismore is surrounded by wonderful natural amenities. Keen golfers will love Lismore Golf Club, just outside Lismore. This nine-hole golf course is set in lush parkland, overlooked by mature trees where you can enjoy stunning views of the Blackwater River and Lismore Castle. Dungarvan Golf Club is an 18 hole Championship Parkland course and is only 25 mins away. The famous Old Head Golf Links is 1.5hrs easy drive from No. 8 Lismore. Old Head Golf Links is built on a 220-acre diamond of land jutting out over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean. The promontory is almost an island with numerous caves running beneath your feet as you play the course. It is a piece of golf real estate like no other, that causes many a golfer and visitor to pinch themselves as they drive through the ancient gateway with the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean some 300 feet below.


Experience the culture of Lismore! Lismore is steeped in culture, and plays host to some top-quality festivals. Hear the world’s finest travel writers read from their work at the Lismore Immrama Travel Writing Festival. Music lovers come from far and wide to enjoy the Opera in the opulent surroundings of Lismore Castle at the Lismore Opera Festival. At other times of the year, Lismore Castle offers you a feast for the senses, with its delightful landscaped gardens and international art exhibitions at the Lismore Castle Arts gallery.


Relax in Lismore! We all live such busy lives these days and holidays give us a great excuse to relax and unwind. Let our luxurious holiday cottage, No. 8 Lismore be your haven. Allow it to be a place where you can shut out the cares of the world and just enjoy being with the people you love. In summer, sit out in the garden with a book and a refreshing drink. In winter, curl up on the sofa in front of a roaring fire. No. 8 will be your home away from home, a place where you can recharge your batteries and return from your holiday invigorated.


Whether you feel like eating out, eating in, or just relaxing with a book these local businesses will have what you need to make your time in Lismore a memorable one.

Foleys on the Mall – Main St. – visit their website here
McGrath Family Butchers – Main St. – Award winning butchers
Derek Dowd, Fruits and Vegetables – East Main St. – find them here

So much to do
in the Sunny South East