If you are staying around Cahir for any period of time then a trip over the Knockmealdown Mountains to Mount Melleray Abbey (or Monastery, take your pick) over the border in Co. Waterford, is well worth the effort.
Mount Melleray Abbey is about 25km from Cahir. Head out the Clogheen road past Cahir Golf Club and drive on to Clogheen. Turn left in the middle of the village, where it is signposted to Cappoquin. Turn left at the Y junction past Bay Lough, you’ll find the Abbey about 12km from Clogheen on the left, having taken a left turn at the Cats Bar.
The Monastery is famous worldwide as one of the most spectacular you’re likely to come across no matter where you travel. It is also set in very tranquil and spectacular surroundings.
There is a guesthouse there should you wish to stay overnight and there is also a lovely little Cafe should you just wish to have a coffee or something to eat during your trip.
If you like walking then you’ll find an absolutely gorgeous walk at the back of the Monastery (follow the signs from behind the museum through the farmyard that say ‘To Cross”). The cross to which it refers is the Holy Year Memorial Cross, erected in 1950. You’ll find it here on ViewRanger should you wish to download it to you phone. We’ve not walked the route from this download so we can’t vouch for its accuracy, but it will give you an idea of the route in any case.
If you don’t have the ability to read Loc8 Codes (many SatNav’s can do so) you can use the following map: