Tipperary Heritage Way
From the town of Cahir the trail, which has a tarred surface, leads southeast towards the Swiss Cottage along the banks of the river Suir. Where it enters the forest it is bordered on your right by the river and Cahir Park golf course . When you enter the forest the river is to your right all the way to the Swiss Cottage. On your left is a steep rock outcrop a lot of which is covered with ivy. All the way along the trail the terrain rises very steeply on the left hand side and contains a mature plantation of mainly Beech with some Oak, Ash and Horse Chestnut. The undergrowth here is mainly Laurel, Ground Ivy and Elder.
If you follow the trail across the bridge, immediately on the other side is the Swiss Cottage which is open to the public. The Heritage Way leaves the forest at this stage and continues on a right of way through a farmers property to the R668 Cahir to Clogheen road. If you walk downstream from the bridge, the wood directly behind the Swiss Cottage contains a stand of native Yew which is being developed and extended. Poor young Ash and Sycamore regrowth is being replaced by replanting with Yew transplants, the seed of which was collected from the mature crop.
If you go to the left before the bridge a road most of which is tarred leads you to the forest car park about 700 metres away. There are a number paths both through the wood and along the river bank from where you can see some excellent stands of Oak, Beech and Ash.
|Trail Name:||Tipperary Heritage Way|
|Recreation Site:||Caher Park [view site]|
|Trail Start Point:||Edge of forest opposite Golf course|
|Degree of Difficulty:||Access for all View Trail Grade Definitions|
|Attributes:||Linear Trail (Point A to B)|
|Finish Point:||The Swiss Cottage|
|Trail Way marking:||yellow|