Jack Burtchaell
Waterford Walking Tours,
Waterford Tourist Services,
Jenkin's Lane,
Waterford.

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Email : jburtch@iol.ie

 

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Here's a man for whom the phrase "walking encyclopaedia" was coined. As we followed him around, hanging on his every word, a woman from Seattle turned to her husband and said "This guy's awesome - he brings history to life!" Tom Sweeney, News of the World.


Jack Burtchaell's suggests 21 things to do when visiting Waterford City and County

  No. 1 - Do Jack's Historic Walking Tour of Waterford.
This Award winning walking tour is one hour in duration, takes you through the regional capital and Ireland's oldest city, including two cathedrals, four national monuments, and a gallery of rogues and rascals, delivered in a witty, entertaining style, by a master storyteller. Jack Burtchaell wears his scholarship lightly and yet in retrospect many visitors appreciate that they have just spent an hour with someone very special in a city which has a history to match his telling of it.
Clock Tower on Jack Burtchaell's Walking Tour in Waterford City, Ireland.
  Jack Burtchaell's Walking Tour in Waterford City, Ireland. No. 2 - Walk the trail to Coumshingaun Lake
This is a walk up and around the top of Coumshingaun lake, it is a 3hr walk, over 4 1/2 miles, with a total climb of 2100 ft.
  No. 3 - Attend a hurling match
Hurling (Irish: Iománaíocht/Iomáint) is an outdoor team sport of ancient Gaelic origin, administered by the Gaelic Athletic Association, and played with sticks called hurleys and a ball called a sliotar. Hurling is the national sport of Ireland. The game has prehistoric origins, has been played for at least 3,000 years, and is the world's oldest, fastest and most exciting field sport.
Waterford in Action, Jack Burtchaell's Walking Tour in Waterford City, Ireland.
  Tankardstown Copper Mines, Jack Burtchaell's Walking Tour in Waterford City, Ireland. No. 4 - Watch the sunset at Dunabrattin
Dunabrattin head is situated on the scenic Copper Coast in Co Waterford. This attractive part of Ireland is interspersed with rocky headlands and charming coves.
  No. 5 - Eat a fresh blaa for breakfast
A blaa is a doughy, white bread bun (roll) speciality which, is particular to Waterford City and County. The blaa is usually very soft and covered with white flour. This variety of blaa is more chewy, while the second popular variety has a crusty but tasty exterior. Blaas are sometimes confused with a similar bun, known as a bap, which is often served with less flour. They are square in shape and are most notably identified by the white flour shaken over them before the baking process.
  T & H Doolans Pub, Jack Burtchaell's Walking Tour in Waterford City, Ireland. No. 6 - Enjoy the craic at T & H Doolan's Pub or find a "trad session" in a pub
This is the oldest pub in Waterford city : at least 300 years old with music and entertainment nightly
  No. 7 - See the Hindu Gothic Bridge at Dromana
Villerstown Gate Lodge is also known as Dromana Gate Lodge. The Hindu-Gothic gate lodge on the road to Villierstown was a nineteenth century wedding gift from the tenants of the estate to Lord Villier Stuart and his new bride.
  No. 8 - Have a pint in Jack Meade's
No visit to Waterford is complete if you haven't been to Jack Meades. Standing on 5 acres, it has been developed over the years to a fine standard with a pub garden and facilities which are totally unique. The old world bar dates back to c1705, the lime kilns and ice house were built c1860,

Jack Meade's Pub, Jack Burtchaell's Walking Tour in Waterford City, Ireland.
  No. 9 - Play a round of Golf
Play in Waterford Golf Club which overlooks the city and has views of five counties. It also has on display the first and largest Golf Trophy made by Waterford Crystal.
  No. 10 - Drive the Vee road
Spectacular Mountain scenery on the road north from Lismore to Clogheen with fabulous views of Bay Lough and the Golden Vale.
  No. 11 - Say a prayer in St Patrick's Church
The origins of St Patrick's church are lost in the mist of early eighteenth century history. We believe it was originally a corn store, which was in penal times converted into a chapel. The earliest date in the church register is 1706.

St Patrick's Church, Jack Burtchaell's Walking Tour in Waterford City, Ireland.
  No. 12 - Catch a salmon on the Blackwater
Fish for wild Atlantic Salmon in the heart of the South of Ireland on exclusive private beats on the world-renowned Blackwater, Ireland's most prolific salmon river.
  No. 13 - Hop around the Metal man
If you hop around the Metal man on one leg clockwise you will find your marriage partner within the year. But hopping around the metal man anti-clockwise will not undo the marriage partnership!!
  No. 14 - Visit Waterford Crystal
There are newly opened showrooms on the Mall.
 
Annestown cliff walk, Jack Burtchaell's Walking Tour in Waterford City, Ireland.
No. 15 - Walk the Cliffs from Bunmahon to Stradbally
It boasts one of the most spectacular coastline stretches in Ireland known as the Copper Coast.
  No. 16 - See Mahon Falls
Mahon Falls is a spectacular cascade on the Mahon river that falls from the Commeragh mountains overlooking the Waterford coast.
  No. 17 - View Lismore Castle and Gardens
This fairytale castle dates from the 1850s and was designed by Sir Joseph Paxton, the famous designer of the Crystal Palace in London.
  No. 18 - Visit the Round Tower at Ardmore
Founded by St. Declan in the 5th century - predating St. Patrick. The round tower may be of 12th century origin, but could have been built as early as the 10th century. The first known mention of the tower is in 1642.

  No. 19 - Visit Waterford during Tall Ships
Biggest maritime event in Ireland in 2011
Tall Ships Visiting Waterford, Jack Burtchaell's Walking Tour in Waterford City, Ireland.
  No. 20 - Visit Waterford during the Spraoi Festival
Largest street party in Waterford held annually.
  No. 21 - Visit Forum Waterford
The Forum Waterford offers diverse entertainment weekly including Comedy, Music and Bingo. Click on site for more detail.

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