Spend some time, in this picturesque historical south Tipperary town and do these five activities.
1. Browse the Farmers Market
On Saturday mornings, in the Castle car park, the Cahir Farmers market takes place, they have lots of stalls with fresh produce, delicious baked goods and crafts. We treated ourselves to breakfast of tea and scones.
Source: Cahir Farmers Market Facebook
2. Visit a Medieval Castle
Cahir Castle is in the town of Cahir (pronounced ‘care’), in South Tipperary and is one of the largest and best preserved medieval castles in Ireland.
It dates back to the 12th century and much of its defensive structure is still intact today. The castle is part of the Butler Trail – which is a historic medieval trail that follows the Butler Family roots encompassing castles, a priory, a courthouse and a cathedral in Kilkenny City, Kells, Carrick-on-Suir, Clonmel, Cahir and Cashel.
It has been used as the set of The Tudors and Braveheart, amongst other tv shows and films.
We got a guided tour, which lasts around 30 minutes. The tour is quite informative and gives the history of the castle and explains some of the features and how they were used strategically when the castle was under attack.
After the tour, we had some time to wander around by ourselves and explore the castle. Admission is €4 for adults.
3. Take a heritage town walk
There are three different historical heritage walks you can do in Cahir town, starting from Cahir Castle. We choose the green route, which is called Coronation Walk, which is a walk along the banks of the River Suir. It’s a gentle 4 km walk with no hills. Cahir has an active Tidy towns group, after spending some time here, we noticed, how clean Cahir is kept and all the nice shrubbery and planting really add to the town.
Click here for a PDF map of Cahir town Walks.
4. Swiss Cottage
We chose the Coronation Walk as it leads to this beautiful cottage tucked away in the forest. It’s like something out of a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.
Photo by Instagram user @brucebernard8433
Swiss Cottage is a cottage orné (decorated cottage) which was designed by the architect John Nash in around 1810. It was built by the Baron of Cahir, Richard Butler, who would have used it to entertain his guests, a sort of hunting lodge meets playhouse for the gentry.
We also got a tour of the cottage, which gave a good insight into the background of the cottage and also the elegantly decorated interior.
The tour lasted about 20 minutes and admission was once again €4.
5. Have lunch in Cahir town
After our tour of the cottage, we walked back to Cahir town and headed for lunch. There is a wide variety of places to eat in the town, from cafes to pubs and fast food. We decided to go to The Lazy Bean Café, located on the Main Street called The Square, for tea and some delicious pancakes with bacon and maple syrup!
Have you visited Cahir yet ? or have you ever visited a castle in Ireland?