Day Trip in South Tipperary
If you are planning a day trip in South Tipperary (essentially the region past Cashel on the M8 Motorway south to Mitchelstown in North Cork) then Cahir is the ideal centre from which to operate. It has a number of attractions itself, but it is also very close to the Galtee and Knockmealdown Mountains and it is very central in South Tipperary, so attractions tend not to be too far away in general. It is a great place to stop for a rest and a bite to eat either before you start or when you are finished.
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If you are planning a day trip in South Tipperary you probably have your own ideas on what you would like to do. In case you are short on ideas, however, here are some options that may appeal to you.
The Rock of Cashel, a beautiful and much vaunted attraction for a day trip in South Tipperary. It is just 15 minutes drive along the M8 Motorway north of Cahir. The Rock is not, in its own right a day trip, but is ideal as part of a trip. A quick visit across to Hoare Abbey, just across the road from the Rock is also worth the effort.
If you like old castles, Churches and history in general then a trip to Cahir Castle
on your return to Cahir will fit the bill. The castle is less than 100 yards from the Café and you can park for free in the Square (parking in the car park in front of Cahir Castle is not free). There is also free parking behind Cahir House Hotel if the Square is full, as it does tend to be on occasion. A 2Km walk along the Coronation Walk from Cahir Castle to the quaint and very beautiful Swiss Cottage
is also highly recommended.
If you rather the underground then a 15 minute trip in the opposite direction on the M8 will take you to the Mitchelstown Cave – a must see on any visit to South Tipperary. It is one of the most famous caves in Europe and, if you visit, you’ll know why this is. It is a stunning attraction.[/wpcol_1half]
While you’re on that side of the M8 a quick trip through Ballyporeen and into Clogheen is highly recommended. Here you can take the Cappoquin/Lismore road and visit the breathtaking panoramas from The Vee
and the sheer beauty of Bay Lough
. At this stage if you have some time to spare a drive over the Knockmealdowns to Lismore
is well worth the trip, it is a beautiful town and is host to the Towers Walk, just ask in the town, a very quaint walk that kids will just love. It is also the home of Lismore Castle, you can’t actually tour the castle, but you can see the gardens and they are well worth the visit.Third Column
If you’d rather take the Cappoquin road at the fork in the Knockmealdown Mountains you can always visit the awe inspiring Mount Melleray Abbey
. If you drive past the Monastery and continue on to Newcastle over the mountain, you can complete your scenic tour of South Tipp and West Waterford by venturing back to Cahir through Ardfinnan. All are well signposted.
If your idea of a day trip in South Tipperary is more in the line of expending energy, then there are no shortage of walks in the Galtee Mountains and the Knockmealdown Mountains. We are, indeed, blessed in this part of the world to have such fine amenities right on our doorstep.
We do hope you will visit, because we know you will enjoy all you find here and we’ll be very happy to look after all your refreshment needs on your visit. And don’t forget that free WiFi in case you need to catch up on your email or the football results before you go or when you return. Just ask for a code at the counter and off you go.