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How to Make the Most of a Quick Dublin to Tipperary Road Trip

Drive from Dublin to Tipperary on an Ireland road trip. Take an Irish road trip to Tipperary from Dublin. Spend a weekend in County Tipperary.
I much prefer walking or taking the train to driving, but there is something about an Irish road trip that generates excitement for me. 

We rented a car and drove out from Dublin to Tipperary to see the Rock of Cashel. How far is Dublin to Tipperary and the Rock of Cashel? It takes less than 2.5 hours to cover the 200 km distance by car. 

Along the way to County Tipperary in Ireland's Ancient East, we stopped in some lovely towns that we wouldn't have seen on foot or by public transit.
Dublin to Tipperary Ireland Road Trip. View of the Rock of Cashel from Hill House Bed and Breakfast


Thurles hosts a weekly Farmer's Market at the local racetrack. We discovered amazing local porridge (Kilbeggan Jumbo) and colorful fruits and veggies on offer. 

There was even a baker with some fantastic looking bread. We bid farewell to the greyhound guarding the entrance and continued on our way to Tipperary.
Dublin to Tipperary Road Trip: Kilbeggan porridge in Thurles

Cahir Town

Our next stop was Cahir town and another Farmers Market. The better find was actually a local crafts hall. When we visited, they were having a 70% off sale on a number of items including gorgeous handmade scarves! 

I bought a couple for about 5 euro each (a real bargain!). I liked a sign in the middle of town that read: Mary Condon: Publican and Funeral Director. 

The sign came complete with a Guinness advertisement. Running a pub and overseeing funerals seems like an interesting combination of businesses.

Cahir Castle

Dublin to Tipperary Ireland Road Trip: Cahir Castle
Swans zipped by in the river (moat?) outside of the Cahir Castle. A piled stone monument stood nearby. Cahir Castle itself was pretty amazing (dare I say one of the most bad-ass castles in Ireland) -- a real fortress of stone. 

We decided to take another walk through Cahir town to pick up lunch before heading in to tour the castle. We had lunch at the Galtee Inn -- a hearty shepherd's pie. 

We made our way out to the Swiss Cottage, an ornamental cottage built at the beginning of the 19th century by English architect John Nash. We were only able to glimpse the cottage through a locked gate since it was closed for the winter -- denied!
Dublin to Tipperary Road Trip: Swiss Cottage in Cahir Ireland

Fortunately, Cahir Castle was open to visitors and we passed under the portcullis (pointy wooden spikes) to enter the courtyard. 

Cahir Castle is one of the largest castles in Ireland and is situated on an island overlooking the River Suir. Cahir Castle dates back to the 12th century and was commissioned by Conor O'Briend the Prince of Thomond.

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Inside, Chair Castle was sparsely furnished. Antlers hung on the wall as a bit of ornamentation. We caught a glimpse of the River Suir running rapidly by outside. I liked the moss covered stones -- they really added character. 

We stopped by the obligatory castle cannon. A cool looking weathervane sat atop one of the turrets. The castle was really nestled right in the heart of Cahir town. We got a great view when we climbed one of the defensive walls. All too soon it was time to leave Cahir behind and continue on the road again.
Dublin to Tipperary Ireland Road Trip: Cahir Castle

Tipperary Town

We stopped into Tipperary Town and bought a gorgeous Valentine's Day cake at Brudair's Bakery. Entering Tipperary Town was like taking a step in time. 

We stopped into a men's clothing store and were greeted by an elderly Irish gentleman. We ended up buying a pair of bedroom slippers. I haven't experienced such courteous service in a long time. Way to go Tipperary.
Dublin to Tipperary Ireland Road Trip: Tipperary Town

The Rock of Cashel

Dublin to Tipperary Road Trip: Exploring the Rock of Cashel
We arrived in Cashel as the sun was beginning to set and took up residence at the Hill House Bed and Breakfast. We went out for a lovely dinner at Oasis. It was Valentine's Day weekend so they had strewn little plastic hearts on the table. 

Hill House offered sweeping views of the Rock of Cashel (only partially obscured by dew and construction.) We ate breakfast in a sunbathed room. We shared the full Irish and a banana lemon sugar crepe. The crepe was particularly delicious. 

Fortified for the day, we decided to walk to the Rock of Cashel -- the whole reason for undertaking the weekend road trip from Dublin to Tipperary in the first place. 

The Rock of Cashel is famous and is believed to be the site where the King of Munster was converted to Christianity by St. Patrick himself in the 5th century. The Rock of Cashel was the seat of the kings of Munster for several centuries prior to the Norman invasion of Ireland.
Dublin to Tipperary Road Trip: View from Rock of Cashel to a ruined church

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Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog: How to Make the Most of a Quick Dublin to Tipperary Road Trip
How to Make the Most of a Quick Dublin to Tipperary Road Trip
Drive from Dublin to Tipperary on an Ireland road trip. Take an Irish road trip to Tipperary from Dublin. Spend a weekend in County Tipperary.
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