Squarely between Dublin and Galway, County Tipperary is pure Irish heartland. Tourists rarely venture here, and tour buses are all but unheard of. Arrange car hire in County Tipperary, and you're likely to have the roads to yourself, with license to explore the green hills and farmland at leisure.
Clonmel serves as gateway to the county. Many tourists arrive here from Cork, either by bus or train, and then pick up their hire car from a depot at the rail or bus terminal. Clonmel is better for commercial attractions than sightseeing, with several shops, pubs and hotels in the mix. Meanwhile, Tipperary town has more touristy attractions, including a genealogy centre that brings in the odd international tourist.
While in Tipperary town, stop by the tourist information office and enquire into local driving potential. Several scenic drives are promoted, including one that delves into the Comeragh Mountain range. It descends into the Nire Valley and follows the River Suir for a portion of the drive. An explicit ‘Suir Scenic Drive' and a ‘Kockmealdown Drive' that visits the Vee Gap and Ardfinnan village are also on offer.
Cashel is the county's leading tourist town. There's a hill at the centre of the historic quarter called the Rock of Cashel, and it's topped by an abbey that dates to the early 12th century. Before that, it was used by kings and armies as far back as the 3rd century. The Rock is a favourite with tourists, so plan on showing up early. This area also has the best selection of hotels in Tipperary, including the 18th-century Cashel Palace Hotel and Dundrum House Hotel and Golf Resort.