Photo of the inside of the church at Holy Cross Abbey, County Tipperary by Brendan Davis

Cashel, Clonmel, Tipperary Town and Carrick-on-Suir can all be reached by regular bus services. Ireland's national bus service, Bus Eireann, has regular departures from the vicinity of the War Memorial in front of the Castle. They use both sides of the road depending on travel direction. Sometimes busses will pull into the coach/bus park behind the War Memorial - so be alert!

Check with the tourist office or shops near the bus stops for timetables and information on getting to other areas.

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Things to See in the Local Area

Within a 30 to 45 minute drive or bus ride of Cahir, there are many other amazing things to see. Spectacular scenery, wonderful historical features, things for the kids, for rainy days or sunny days.

Cashel and The Rock of Cashel

Cashel is a heritage town (and also a city, being formerly the seat of an archbishop) containing the world renowned Rock of Cashel (shown in the banner photo above along with Hoare Abbey). This collection of early Christian and medieval buildings, rises above the flat fertile plains surrounding the town. The nearby Brú Ború cultural centre offers traditional Irish music and dance shows (June to Sept), as well as genealogical services and cultural exhibitions all year round.

The Bolton Library houses the best collection of atiquarian books outside of Dublin.


The county town and administrative centre of South Tipperary, this riverside settlement contains many national and international chain stores and family-owned businesses for the convenience of shoppers. It also contains a substantial number of heritage buildings, particularly The Main Guard (seventeenth century courthouse, and now a National Monument).

Clonmel is the home of Bulmers Cider (sold elsewhere under the name 'Magners' - to not get confused with the UK brand also called Bulmers). The main factory is just outside the town but the old original factory, which still operates is in the town centre. In season, mountains of apples can be seen here, undergoing preliminary washing, and the wonderful smell spreads over the whole town. The large wooden vats that form the company logo can be seen through windows of the old buildings.


Lismore, a heritage town, is in County Waterford and lies on the River Blackwater at the foot of the southern slopes of the Knockmealdown Mountains

The castle is superbly located high above the river Blackwater and is the Irish home of the Duke of Devonshire, who also owns the famous Chatsworth House and Bolton Abbey in England. It was built by Prince John of England in 1185. He later allowed it to be used as the residence for the local Bishop. In the late 1500's the estates and the castle belonged to Sir Walter Raleigh who then sold it to Richard Boyle. One of Richard's sons, Robert—born in the castle in 1626—became the famous philosopher and the father of modern chemistry and is immortalised by his 'Boyles Law'.

Fred Astaire's sister Adele, who was also his first dancing partner, married Lord Charles Cavendish and lived at Lismore Castle for about twelve years. Cavendish is the family name of the Devonshires. On the death of her husband she returned to the USA but visited for a few weeks each summer. During this time Fred was a frequent visitor to the castle and also enjoyed the craic and a pint in Lismore's pubs.

The best way to Lismore is to take the scenic road over the Vee (R668 from Cahir via Clogheen) through the Knockmealdowns and down through a wooded gorge into Lismore. Unfortunately there is no bus route over the Vee.

Tipperary Town

A heritage town and example of a substantial market town of the nineteenth century, Tipperary contains a good number of family owned shops and chain stores, besides the Excel Theatre & Family History Centre. It is close to the Glen of Aherlow with its nature park, walking trails, picnic area and breathtaking scenery.

The Nire Valley

A lovely valley on the western side of the Comeragh Mountains with excellent mountain scenery, good fishing, good walking and good photography. It forms part of an excellent driving tour when combined with the mountain road running north towards Clonmel which runs alongside the Knockanaffrin Ridge (OSI map 75). From the Clonmel direction this is known as the Mountain Road. The River Nire (spelt Nier on the OSI map) flows into The Suir to the east of Newcastle. In the spring the valley hosts a very popular walking festival known as The Comeragh Bogtrot. There is also an Autumn walking festival.


Fethard is the most complete example of a medieval small walled town in Ireland. It is remarkable not only for the excellent preservation of its thirteenth century walls and towers, but also for the fine Holy Trinity Anglican Parish Church, its streetscape and the Fethard Folk & Transport Museum, located in the former railway station of the town.


Carrick-on-Suir contains a fine collection of medieval castles, towers and bridges. Ormond Castle incorporates Ireland’s only Tudor Manor House, built c.1560. The town also has a marina.

Holy Cross Abbey

Located in the village of Holycross on the R660 road between Cashel and Thurles. Founded in 1168 for Benedictines, it was transferred to the Cistercians in 1182. A particle of the True Cross was enshrined in the abbey which then became one of the most frequented places of pilgrimage in Ireland. In 1563 the property passed to the Duke of Ormonde and, through the protection of the Butler family, the monks remained at Holycross until 1649. The abbey fell into ruins but was restored in the early 1970’s.

Parsons Green, Clogheen

Parsons Green is a holiday park but it is also open to day visitors and provides a good day out for a family with something for everyone. A pet farm for the kids with pony rides available, and a museum of farm machinery and other items for the adults.

The Glen of Aherlow

A lovely scenic drive in the valley on the north side of the Galty Mountains. There are two roads through the glen. The main one begins in Bansha and the other narrower road runs closer to the mountains. The north side of the valley is formed by a low ridge called Slievenamuck. Make sure to go just beyond Lisvernane (spelt Lisvarrinane on the OSI map) for an excellent view of the Galtys from the north (see the banner photo on the Things To Do/Walking page which was taken from this spot).


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Photo of Tapestry at the Rock of Cashel, county Tipperary. Photo by Brendan Davis

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Photo, one of the stations of the Cross sculptures outside the Holy Cross Abbey - photo by Brendan Davis
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