Tipperary Heritage Way Committeec/o Shrough Rathkea Tipperary Town Tipperary Republic of Ireland
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Two easy accessible sections of the Tipperary Heritage Way are from the village of Golden to Cashel town, allow 2-2.5 hours to walk the final 10kms of this route and the second section follow the 2km riverside path of the Tipperary Heritage Way from Cahir Castle to the romantic folly of Swiss Cottage.The Suir, claimed by many to be the second longest river in Ireland, brought early settlers, the Vikings and the Normans deep into the heartland of Ireland and the country’s most valuable farmland, the Golden Vale, and the river valley is thus rich in historic remains. Starting from the Gap above the Vee, a famous viewing point, the route follows part of an ancient road that once linked Cashel with the coastal town of Ardmore, a route taken in the past by many historic figures including St Patrick and King Henry II, and passes through the villages of Ardfinnan and Golden and the town of Cahir before reaching Cashel. The terrain consists mainly of quiet country roads, forestry tracks and riverside paths, some sections of which may be at times overgrown and wet. It is a route that has so many attractions along its way where walkers will be tempted to linger, such as churches, abbeys, ancient graveyards, castles and a wonderful cottage orné. A variety of waterfowl including the ubiquitous heron will be seen along the river stretches, where otters may be glimpsed.