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The county has long been associated with a popular song from the First World War, It's a Long Way To Tipperary, written in 1912 by Jack Judge, whose grandparents came from the region.
County Tipperary is known for its lush grassland, making it prime dairy farming countryside, most of all in an area known as the Golden Vale. Tipperary's horse-breeding industry is second to none, with Coolmore Stud being the largest thoroughbred racehorse set up in the world.
The county is not completely flat, with some stunning mountain ranges — the Silvermine, Galtee, Knockmealdown and Arra Hills — providing variety in the landscape. Lough Derg, a tranquil freshwater lake, adds another element to the natural beauty of Tipperary.
Apart from agriculture, tourism is County Tipperary's main industry, people drawn here by its rich heritage and magnificent scenery.
Outdoor activities thrive in County Tipperary, particularly walking and cycling, with many trails laid for the purpose. For example, the Lough Derg cycleway circles the whole lake for 83 miles. The Slieve Felim way is 22 miles of forest tracks, quiet mountain roads and paths across fields, past a Benedictine monastery called Glenstall Abbey.
You could have a day at the races, go to a hurling or Gaelic football match, play golf on one of the many challenging courses or skydive over Nenagh. The river Shannon provides opportunities for angling and watersports, as does Lough Derg, with kayaking, water-skiing, sailing and powerboat racing. At Ballina and Killaloe, there are river cruises or you could charter a luxury yacht.
If you are interested in history, then County Tipperary has much to offer. The Rock of Cashel is a spectacular fortified religious complex dating back to the 12th century, or you could wander around the ruins of Athassel Priory or Kilcooly Abbey, or be amazed by the 13th century Cahir Castle, one of the largest in Ireland.
Whatever your accommodation requirements, you are sure to find it somewhere in County Tipperary, from a hotel with its own leisure centre on the banks of the river Shannon to an 18th century townhouse with a reputation for great service. Guesthouses and B&Bs range from newly built bungalows to a historic 400-year-old farmhouse. There is ample self-catering accommodation on offer, as well and camping and caravan sites.
Eating out could be a sumptuous meal of seafood cassoulet in a top restaurant housed in what was once a church, a takeaway burger beside the river or practically anything in between.
Reach County Tipperary via Shannon or Cork Airports. By road, Dublin is about two and a half hours distant as is Rosslare ferry port. Cork is around 90 minutes away.
Situated in Clonmel, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Saint Patrick's Well and Marlfield Lake. Old St. Mary's Church and Main Guard are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Situated in Cahir, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Cahir Castle, Swiss Cottage and Mitchelstown Cave. Bay Lough is 6.9 mi (11.2 km) away.
This family-friendly Nenagh hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Nenagh Arts Centre and Nenagh Heritage Centre.
Situated in Thurles, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Semple Stadium and 5.1 mi (8.2 km) from Holy Cross Abbey. Rock of Cashel and Cashel Heritage Centre are also within 16 miles (25 km).
Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cahir Castle and Swiss Cottage. Saint Patrick's Well and Bay Lough are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Situated in Roscrea, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Ballaghmore Castle and within 12 miles (20 km) of Leap Castle and Donaghmore Workhouse Museum. Aghaboe Abbey and Bernard's Pyramid are also within 12 miles (20 km).
Located in the heart of Cashel, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cashel Heritage Centre, Bolton Library and Saint Peter the Rock Cathedral. Cashel Folk Village and Dominics Abbey are also within 5 minutes.
Located in Aherlow, this bed & breakfast is within 16 miles (25 km) of Athassel Abbey, Mitchelstown Golf Club and Cahir Castle. Swiss Cottage and Hore Abbey are also within 20 miles (32 km).