Bunmahon is a delightful village and resort, the holder of an EU Blue Flag
for water quality, and it is on the Dungarvan & Copper Coast Drive. The headland protects the beach and there is an exhilarating walk across the west end cliffs which reveals a superb coastal panorama. Now a peaceful place dedicated to pleasure, Bunmahon was once the centre of a thriving copper industry which flourished here between 1824 and 1877. The Cornish Engine House, at nearby Tankardstown, once pumped the mines to a depth of 400m. Bunmahon is located in the heart of the Copper Coast Geopark.
Copper Coast Geopark
The Copper Coast Geopark is an outdoor museum of geological records; it stretches along the coast from Kilfarassy Beach, near Fenor in the east to Ballyvoile Beach near Stradbally to the west. Volcanoes, oceans, deserts and ice sheets all combined to create the rocks which provide the physical foundation of the natural and cultural landscapes of the area. Follow the self-guided “Copper Coast” trail and walking cards available from the The Copper Coast Geopark Centre in Bunmahon. Guided tours for schools and other groups interested in learning about the geology of the area are also available. Further information at 051 292828 or email@example.com
Copper Coast Geopark Centre
This is located in the village of Bunmahon. The Geopark Centre is an information centre on the Geopark- its villages, beaches, walks and interesting places. There is a coffee dock with free Wi-Fi and an exhibition on the mining and geological heritage of the area.
8 beaches, all family friendly, are accessible along the Copper Coast and some are suitable for surfers and some for divers.
Alternatively, you can explore the islands and caves along the coast by kayak.
Half and full day trips with Pure Adventure or Seapaddling.com can be arranged.
The coastline offers many opportunities for:
•shore fishing for bass, flounder etc. at Kilfarrasy, Bunmahon and Stradbally;
•rock fishing from Dunabrattin head and Kilmurrin;
•charter boats from Dungarvan and Dunmore East;
•fly fishing days on Carrickavantry, Ballyscanlon Lakes and Knockaderry Reservoir;
•fishing course on Ballyshunnock Reservoir;
– permits from Centra Supermarket, Kilmeaden on the N25.