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Tipp Top Tipperary named as one of the world’s best holiday destinations

The 'Premier County' were honoured for their delicious food scene


The Rock of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel

County Tipperary has been named one of the world’s best holiday destinations.

The list, by Conde Nast Traveller, features 22 of the best spots across the globe to visit.

Tipperary features as one of the best places for foodies, with the publication praising the county for its cheese-making, and honey farms.

“Sure, the thrill of visiting Ireland has never really waned, but 2022 is a landmark year for the Emerald Isle, marking 100 years since the Irish Free State Constitution Act was passed. Sweeping in with the poignant anniversary will be a raft of enticing new experiences and openings,” the review began.

Conde Nast Traveller painted a delicious picture of the aptly named Premier county by describing “a cornucopia of goodies” which can be enjoyed on Tipperary Food Tours.

They also whet appetites by mentioning “an unfathomably creamy wedge of Cashel Blue" cheese.

Holiday makers were advised to walk along the “blustery shoreline of Lough Derg, where you’ll be joined by kayakers, paddle-boarders and cyclists whizzing alongside acres of cheerful wildflower meadows.”

“Country Tipperary has long held an appeal for history buffs due to the atmospheric Rock of Cashel landmark – the most spectacular cluster of medieval buildings in Ireland, but it has rarely been more than a half-day bullet point as part of a longer itinerary,” the review stated, urging 2022 visitors to stay in the area for more than a few hours.

“2022 should see guests pump the breaks, as there is much more to enjoy in this cosy, characterful county, from local artisans and family run woollen mills to craft distilleries and ancient cave formations.”

“In spring, Relais & Chateaux will open its newest property in Cashel,” the review continued, describing it as “an artful renovation of a grand 18th-century house once home to Ireland’s archbishops.”

The Cashel Palace, which is set to begin welcoming visitors in March 2022 will offer 42 smart rooms and suites, a spa and a restaurant focusing on local, seasonal dishes.

From January 2022, the new destination will begin taking bookings for their dining experiences.

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The Bishop's Butlery will be headed up by Executive Chef Stephen Hayes. The restaurant with vaulted ceilings, natural light, generous tables and a large open fire, promises to be an “extraordinary dining room in which to enjoy extraordinary food.”

They will also offer afternoon tea in their Queen Anne Room, which has deep sofas, high ceilings, chandeliers, tall windows, a log fire and walls adorned with equine art. On sunny days, afternoon tea can be taken on their stunning garden terrace that overlooks the gardens.

"It's really wonderful,” said Con Traas of The Apple Farm in Cahir and Chairman of the Tipperary Food Producers network told the Irish Independent of the great news.

"That type of publicity isn’t easy to come by, particularly given the competition you’re up against. To see Tipperary as the county mentioned and then that our own food producers are getting a look in, it’s great.”

Other destinations recommended for foodies by the publication includes Bend, Oregon, USA; Jersey, USA; Serbia; and Birmingham, UK.

In 2020, Conde Nast Traveller selected Galway as one of their best holiday destinations.

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