Tipperary, Ireland’s largest inland county, has richly varied scenery in its hills and mountains, its plains and river valleys. In the south are the Galtee Mountains, the Knockmealdowns and the isolated height of Slievenamon. Keeper Hill is the highest point among the various groups of hills in the north.
The middle of the county is a broad plain, through which the River Suir flows from north to south; and from this plain the rich land of the Golden Vale extends westwards into County Limerick. Apart from its scenery and its excellent facilities for pastimes such as angling, golf, mountain climbing, caving and hunting. Tipperary was dominated by the Butler family from 1185 to 1715.
Tipperary is Ireland’s best recognized county, popularized in the World War One song ‘Its a long long way to Tipperary’. In fact, many songs commemorate Tipperary, The Tipperary Lass, The Forty Shades of Green & Slievenamon, to name a few. Tipperary has a long and fabled history, and when traveling there, must-see’s are the fabulous ruins at the Rock of Cashel,once a seat of the kings of Munster, is the most notable landmark. The monastery at Holy Cross and the castle at Cahir. Tipperary has beautiful lush mountain scenery and the most famous of these hills is known as the Devil’s Bit, named for the bite taken out of it by the devil as he rode over Ireland, and the hunk he spat out is now the Rock of Cashel! The mighty River Shannon, Ireland’s longest, flows through Tipperary, and Lough Derg, shown here is the biggest of its 3 lakes.