The Butler Trail

Time for The Butler Trail

Explore the medieval heartlands of Tipperary and discover centuries of drama, romance, intrigue and deadly rivalries as you follow in the footsteps of the powerful Butler dynasty.

The Butlers have left an indelible mark on the landscapes of Tipperary as they constructed castles, mansions, founded churches and monasteries and established towns and settlements. Their rise to power, and the bitter rivalries that broke out along the way, forever shaped Irish history.

Experience a 2 day adventure package which includes the following from only €175 per person:

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Day One

Cahir Castle

Visit this mighty fortress built on a rock in the middle of the River Suir. The scars of battles and sieges of long ago are still visible. This castle remains as one of Ireland’s best-preserved medieval castle and its beautiful setting has been the highlight of many movies.

Swiss Cottage

Enjoy a beautiful walk along the tree-lined banks of the River Suir to see the exquisite Swiss Cottage.

You may choose to view the inside of this beautiful property by booking as an optional extra.

The Craft Granary

Enjoy a visit to The Craft Granary in Cahir, a beautifully restored 19th century grainstore. It now acts as a showcase for quality handcrafted items from the South East of Ireland. Enjoy 10% off all items instore when you visit as part of this visitor package.

LUNCH OPTIONS- individually prices and not included in the package

Enjoy a taste of Tipperary and rest a while for lunch. The following are some recommended provided of fine lunch fare in Cahir:

  • The Lazy Bean, The Square, Cahir.
  • The Galtee Inn, The Square, Cahir.
  • The Riverside Café, 1 Castle Street, Cahir. 

Tipperary County Museum

Discover the hidden history of the town of Clonmel, where you can find the stately Main Guard and see the strong town walls that once denied Oliver Cromwell himself.

Visit Tipperary County Museum and learn about the history and heritage of the county from prehistoric to modern times.

Evening Dining

Enjoy a nice relaxing finish to your day with a lovely dinner at the hotel.

Day Two

Sunrise Walk

Join Cathal and the Climb Ireland team who will offer you a really unique location experience with a guided walk at Sunrise through The Galtee Mountains or The Devil’s Bit, bringing you through a walker’s paradise with beautiful mountain lakes, waterfalls and rich bog life.

Cashel Folk Museum

After exploring the beauty of the Galtess, take a step back in time and immerse yourself in Ireland's rich history at Cashel Folk Museum where a rich history of nearly 400 years awaits you with historical artifacts onsite date back 20,000 years.

Rock Of Cashel

Your journey through the stories of the Butlers is just a glimpse of the historic treasures of Tipperary, when you will encounter world renowned heritage like the magnificent Rock of Cashel, overlooking the Golden Vale. Once the traditional seat of the kings of Munster, the Rock of Cashel is one of the foremost pieces of Celtic art and medieval architecture in Europe, a truly remarkable piece of history and an integral monument in Ireland's Ancient East.

Fethard Village 

Take time to stroll through Fethard Village and visit the historical sites. This village is seeped in history and stories. Fethard is also internationally known in the thoroughbred horse racing industry as the home of Coolmore Stud.

Mccarthys of Fethard 

Before you leave Fethard a visit to McCarthy’s of Fethard is a must, where they will “wine you, dine you and bury you.” McCarthy’s is a well-established undertakers as well as a fine restaurant and bar. Food served Wednesday to Sunday from 12 noon to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm. 

Optional Extras to the Above Package: 

Climb Ireland

Experience the county by foot with a beautiful exhilarating walking experience with Climb Ireland. Walks vary from 1 hour to 5 hours in duration.

Visitor Rates:

€25 per person (all walks). For groups of 6 persons or more, group rates are available.

To Book/enquire:

Contact Cathal McNicholas Tel: 086 3399193. Email: Website:

Visit the home of hurling at Lar na Pairce

Follow the path of legends when you enjoy a unique and wonderous experience at the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) museum and learn more about the story of Gaelic games and that of our unique national sport of Hurling through the ages.

To book a visit:-

Tel: 0504 22702. Email

Visitor Rates

Adults – 5 euro Family Rate – 12 euro (2 adults, 2 children)

Child Rate – 2 euro OAP/ Student rate – 4 euro

Swiss Cottage

Enjoy the exquisite Swiss Cottage built as an idyllic rustic retreat for Richard Butler. Swiss Cottage is arguably one of the most romantic cottages in the world.

Visitor Rates:

Adults : €5 Child/Student: €3 Group/Senior: €4 Family: €13

Opening dates & hours 2017:

March 17th to 19th inclusive. April 6th to November 1st inclusive.

Open from 10am to 6pm. Last admission: 5.15pm

To Book/enquire: Tel: 052 7441144. Email:

Cahir Equestrian

Enjoy a unique horse riding experience at Cahir Equestrian. Cahir Equestrian offers a variety of equestrian services in the heart of horse country in Tipperary. Horse riding lessons and Summer Camps are offered at the rates below:

Visitor Rates

Summer Camps are run over 3 days, 10am to 4.30pm. Rates of €50 per day.

Horse Riding lessons last 1 hour in duration.

Rates: €25 for adults. €20 for children. Family rate of €20 per person offered.

To Book/enquire: Contact Fiona. Tel: 086 2515875.

Email: Website:

On your bike

Discover Tipperary on bike with bike hire from Ireland’s oldest bike shop, O’ Keefe Cycles. Open all year round.

Fethard Walled Town

Learn more about the Tipperary story with the Fethard Walled Town guided tours provided by Backs to the wall Tours.

Visitor Rates: Call Terry on the number provided to discuss rates specific to your group.

To book/enquire:

Contact Terry Cunningham. Tel: 086 3905373 Email:

The History of horse racing at The Fethard Horse Country

This is a unique and special opportunity to visit a very unique and special experience…..Find out about the story of the horse, the history of horse racing in the county at fabulous Fethard Horse Country at The Tholsel, Fethard

Visitor Rates:

Adults: €7.50 Family Rate: €22.50 (2 adults + 2 children)

Tipperary Gardens

Enjoy a wonderful visit to our beautiful Tipperary Gardens as part of the Tipperary Garden Trail. These gorgeous gardens are located in Bansha, Cahir and Clonmel, well within easy distance of your hotel.

Ashfield Garden

Visitor Rates.

€6 per person. Proceeds go to Circle of Friends Cancer Support Centre, Tipperary.

To book/enquire:

Tel: 062 5482 / 087 2899800. Email:

Open: Festival weekends Sat/Sun 2pm to 6pm. Other times by appointment.

Ballyboy House

Visitor Rates.

€6 per person. Proceeds go to Tipperary branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association.

To book/enquire:

Tel: 052 7465297 / 087 6360296 Email:


Open: Festival weekends Sat/Sun 11am to 6pm. Other times by appointment.

Ballyhist Garden

Visitor Rates.

€6 per person. Proceeds go to Cancer Aftercare,Relaxation & Education, Clonmel.

To book/enquire:

Tel: 052 7466788 / 087 7996169. Email:

Open: Festival weekends Sat/Sun 2pm to 6pm. Other times by appointment.

Killurney Garden

Visitor Rates

€6 per person. Proceeds to South Tipperary hospice.

To book/enquire

Tel: 052 6133155 / 087 9444662 Email:

Open: Festival weekends Sat/Sun 10am to 6pm. Other times by appointment