Swiss Cottage - Cottage Orné

Swiss Cottage - Cottage Orné

Southeast Regional Craft Granary

The Craft Granary

Trout Fishing in Cahir

The Catch of the Day

stroll in the woods

A stroll in the woods at Cahir

The Butlers in Cahir

Cahir, a romantic and charming small town, grew up around Cahir Castle which was originally a fort built on a rock in the River Suir. The town became a stronghold of the Butler family. The Manor of Cahir was granted to James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormond in 1375, and afterwards to his son, James Gallda,ancestor of the Cahir Butlers.

Cahir Castle is one of Ireland’s largest and best-preserved castles. It was famously besieged by the Earl of Essex in 1599. A cannonball can still be seen in one of the walls. It remained under the ownership of the Butlers until 1961. A visit is a must. The castle has featured in many films and TV programmes,including Excalibur and The Tudors television series. Under Richard Butler, 1st Earl of Glengall (1775-1819), and his wife, Cahir became a fashionable place for gentry. In the early 1800s he built the delightful Swiss Cottage, a cottage orné designed by John Nash and the finest eco building of its time. Cahir House, now a hotel, was the town house of the Butlers from the 1770s.

Richard Butler (1775-1819)

A house growing from the ground?

Swiss Cottage, with its cedar shingles and tree trunk supports, gives the impression of a house grown from the soil.

This delightful "cottage orné", was built in the early 1800s by Richard Butler, 1st Earl of Glengall. Based on a design by the famous Regency architect, John Nash. 


Richard Butler

Richard Butler, 1st Earl of Glengall

Cahir Castle, Co Tipperary

Cahir Castle

Explore Cahir

Cahir is now a picturesque and vibrant town, with pleasant streetscapes and beautiful riverside walks. You can sit in the square and enjoy a coffee or browse a wonderful selection of regional crafts at the Craft Granary.

Must see
Cahir Castle
Swiss Cottage
Craft Granary

Must Do
Swiss Cottage River walk
Fishing on the Suir
Heritage Trail

Fishing in the river Suir

Fishing in the River Suir

Points of Interest:

Cahir is a centre of excellence for brown trout fishing and the nearby mountains provide endless opportunities for relaxing scenic drives, horse riding, or walking.

Cahir Castle: Tel. 052-7441011.Email:                                       


Cahir District Anglers' Assocation: Tel. 087-6409271. Email:

Cahir Tourist Information Office. Tel: 052 7441453. Email:

Cahir Historic Town Walk.   

Cahir website:

The Butler Trail Itinerary: check out these amazing trails.





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