The Golden Vale

The Golden Vale is one of the most fertile areas in Europe and is famed for the high quality of the various foods produced in the region.

Most of the Golden Vale forms the lowlands of south county Tipperary and, whilst there is no real definition of it's boundaries, it is generally accepted that it stretches east from the area around Charleville in north county Cork; encompases the lowlands both north and south of the Ballyhoura mountains and the Galty Mountains, covering part of south-east county Limerick and county Tipperary; stretches north towards Thurles and east, between the Comeraghs and Slievenamon, towards Carrick-on-Suir and onwards in the direction of Waterford city.

The map on the 'Getting Here' page shows some of this area. The Balluhouras and Charleville are off the map to the west.

A much simpler definition is that the Golden Vale is essentially the valley of the river Suir, its tributary valleys and the area surrounding the Ballyhouras to the west.

The valley between the Galty and Knockmealdown mountains is also known as the 'Vee Valley'.

About The Area

South Tipperary and the Golden Vale

County Tipperary is Ireland's largest inland county. It boasts a great array of scenic and historical places to visit and offers a host of activities to suit all tastes. In the south of the county, where we are located, we are encircled by several mountain ranges which create numerous fine streams and rivers which flow through the famous 'Golden Vale' to augment the river Suir as it wends its way to the sea. The river Tar, which flows through our grounds, is one of these tributaries and also offers fine walks and fishing.

Add to the above the attractions offered by our neighbouring counties and the ease of access to the major cities and it becomes clear that this area of South Tipperary makes an ideal base for anyone keen to sample as much as possible in a short stay.

It can be argued that the fertility of the Golden Vale, which itself is created by the geography of the area, has led directly to the present day benefits for the visitor. It is the reason for all the towns and villages, the castles and fortified houses, the ruined mills, the fine food in the shops and the restaurants, the monastic ruins and many other features.

Whether you are interested in heritage & history, arts & culture, hill walking, valley walking, cycling tours, driving tours, horse riding, horse racing, greyhound racing, golf, shopping, food and drink, or most anything else—you will find it here. Take a quick look at our 'Activities' page for just a few suggestions.

Photo of the Knockmealdown Mountains from the aptly named Golden Vale

The photo above is of the Knockmealdown mountains from the Clogheen to Ardfinnan road (R 665) and shows one good reason for the name 'Golden Vale'.

Links to other local web-sites

Cahir has an informative website that covers the town and a wide area around it with many photos at

Clonmel has a number of sites including and

Cashel has a very comprehensive site at

Tipperary Town has a colourful and thorough site at

Lismore has two detailed websites, and plus one for the castle