Think of the River Suir, gently coursing between Carrick-on-Suir and Clonmel. Think of the Mitchelstown Caves, discovered by chance when a crowbar fell between cracks in 1833. Think of the Glen of Aherlow, a lost world between the Galtee Mountains and Slievenamuck. Can’t you see yourself bang in the middle of it all?
Then there’s Lough Derg, Ireland’s pleasure lake. For an overview, head to the aptly-named Lookout at Portroe. To get up close and personal, visit its harbour villages, take a cycling loop out of Nenagh, or stop by the twin towns of Killaloe and Ballina. The former lies in Clare; the latter in Tipperary, which makes for serious spice when the counties clash on the GAA hurling pitch.