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County Tipperary

Landlocked Tipperary boasts the sort of fertile soil that farmers dream of – the Golden Vale, between Tipperary town and Cashel, with the best dairy farming in the country. The central area of the county is low-lying, but rolling hills spill over from adjoining counties and an upper-crust gloss still clings to equestrian traditions here, with fox hunts in full legal cry during the winter season.

Walking and cycling opportunities abound, especially in the Glen of Aherlow, south of Tipperary town. But the real crowd-pleasers are the iconic Rock of Cashel and Cahir Castle. In between, you'll find bucolic charm along pretty much any country road you choose.