About County Tipperary
County Tipperary, also referred to as the 'Premier County' is the largest inland county in Ireland and is located in the province of Munster in the south west of Ireland. Due to the county's size it is divided into North Tipperary and South Tipperary.
Central Tipperary is occupied by the 'Golden Vale' one of the most fertile stretches of land in the country with an undulating landscape of green pastures, woodlands and mountains. To the north of Tipperary lies Lough Derg the second largest lake in Ireland and widely regarded as Ireland's 'Pleasure Lake' due to the amount of water activities to be enjoy here. The Glen of Aherlow is another area of outstanding natural beauty. This lush valley can be found between the Slievemamuck and the Galtee Mountains - the highest inland mountain range in Ireland.
What to see and do
With a landscape so varied and so vast, County Tipperary is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The River Suir flows right through the county from north to south and provides excellent opportunities for fishing as it's plentiful with brown trout and salmon. Other popular outdoor activities to be enjoyed here include horseriding, golfing, cycling, hiking, mountain climbing and walking.
County Tipperary has a wealth of archaeological and historical attractions. No visit to Tipperary is complete without a visit to the ' Rock of Cashel', which is one of Ireland's top attractions. The Rock of Cashel can be found overlooking the picturesque town of Cashel and features a round tower, a cathedral, a chapel and high crosses. Dating from the 12th and 13th century, the Rock of Cashel was once the seat of the High Kings of Munster.
Other top attractions in County Tipperary include Cahir Castle , Cashel Folk Village , the Swiss Cottage , Ormond Castle, the County Museum, Holy Cross Abbey, Mitchelstown Cave, the Tipperary Crystal Factory and Lár Na Pairce - a museum in Thurlas that tells the story of the Gaelic Games in Ireland.
County Tipperary has lots of picturesque towns and villages for you to visit. If you're touring South Tipperary visit Cahir, Cashel and Clonmel. And if you're touring North Tipperary stop off in Roscrea, Nenagh and Thurlas. These are the main towns in Tipperary, each with its own story to tell along with a fair share of amenities and attractions for you to discover.
How to get to County Tipperary
County Tipperary is centrally placed in the south of Ireland so it's a great base if you intend to tour the counties of Kerry, Cork, Limerick, Clare, Waterford and Kilkenny.
You can hire a car at Shannon International Airport and be in central Tipperary in 1 and a half hours. From the airport just take the N18 to Limerick city then take the N7 to North Tipperary (Nenagh/Roscrea) or the N24 to South Tipperary (Tipperary town, Cahir, Cashel and Clonmel).
If you are coming from Dublin city or Dublin Airport you can join the M50 on the outskirts of the city then look for the N7 exit (for Naas ). When you reach the town of Naas you'll leave the N7 and change to the M7 for Portlaoise . Here you can take the N7 to Roscrea or Nenagh or the N8 directly to Cashel.
County Tipperary has excellent bus connections with the rest of the country and Limerick Junction Railway Station is just about 4km from Tipperary town . Here you can get a train to almost any part of Ireland.
Featured Attraction - Cahir Castle
This is a fine example of 13th century castle and is, in fact, one of the largest castles in Ireland. The castle has many different features so go to the superb audio visual show or take a guided tour to find out more. More info...