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The Butler Trail Tour ( Route 4 )

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The Butler Trail Tour explores Butler family roots.As far back as 1185AD, in fact – the year Theobald Fitzwalter, Chief Butler to Prince John, was granted over 400,000 acres of land in Tipperary. A distance of 170km.(106 miles) approx.

The Butler Trail Tour is based around the Butler family and explores the area around Kilkenny City, Kells, Carrick-on-Suir, Clonmel, Cahir, Cashel. Distance: 170km. (106 miles) approx.

Butler roots run deep in the South East. As deep as 1185AD, in fact – the year Theobald Fitzwalter, Chief Butler to Prince John, was granted over 400,000 acres of land in Tipperary.
Setting out from Kilkenny City (via R697), where Kilkenny Castle served as the Butlers’ principal Irish residence for 600 years, this route stops at Kells Priory before proceeding south to Carrick-On-Suir. Ormond Castle here was built by Black Tom Butler in the 1560s.

From Carrick (via N24), continue along the River Suir and Comeragh Mountains to Clonmel, a bustling shopping town where James Butler built a courthouse in 1675. The Main Guard’s glowing sandstone arches are just a taste of the restoration that awaits inside. Cahir’s chief Butler legacy is an exquisitely-preserved castle on the River Suir. From here, a short river walk takes you to the Swiss Cottage.
After Cahir (via R660), carry on towards Cashel, where heritage gems range from the Rock of Cashel to the Bolton Library and Brú Ború Cultural Centre . Before continuing towards Kilkenny City via (R692) make one final stop at the Medieval Wall Town of Fethard.

Places of interest to explore on route:
Kells Priory
Ormond Castle
The Main Guard
Cahir Castle
Swiss Cottage
Mitchelstown Cave
Glen of Aherlow
Rock of Cashel
Brú Ború Cultural Centre