Local Activities-HILLVIEW FARM

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LOCAL ACTIVITIES

Hillwalking & Hiking
County Laois boasts a total of approximately 480 kilometers of "off road" marked walking routes, encompassing the areas of Sli Dala, Erkina, Cullahill, Abbeyleix, Stradbally, Durrow, Timahoe, Mountrath, Clonasleek, Spink, Slieve Margy and Emo Forest Park. Enjoy your vacation walking in the Slieve Bloom Mountains and visit The Cut, a road hewn out of solid rock by stonemasons in the 19th Century and delight in the tumbling waterfall. One of the best reasons to visit Mount Arderin, the summit of the Slieve Bloom Mountains on a clear day is the possibility of seeing the highest points of all four provences of Ireland.
Equestrian/Horseriding
Top class equestrian centres abound in Laois and neighbouring counties. The landscape is ideal for trekking and experienced instructors are available to guide enthusiasts, whether they are experienced riders or just eager novices. Why not give western-style ranch riding a try at Fossey Mountain Timahoe or take a horse drawn caravan . horse drawn caravan
Golfing
There are seven quality parkland 18 hole golf courses in Laois which suit golfers of all levels. The golf courses offer some of the most competitive green fees in Ireland. To receive a supplement of 15 - 30 Euro visit Heritage Golf Course
Paintballing
Enjoy a day or half day at one of Irelands top Paintballing venues at Supershot in Stradbally Co.Laois
Bog Rail Tour
Why not enjoy a bog rail tour on the Clonmacnoise and West Offally railway , a 5.5 mile circular train ride, through the raised bog area known as "The Blackwater Bog". 
Gardens
If you like to spend your vacation visiting gardens and historic buildings, Laois has plenty to offer. The county is home to several  prestigious gardens  and stately homes. Laois is an aladins cave for history enthusiasts and has a wealth of heritage sites and places of historical interest, reflecting a history of human settlement dating back thousands of years, most notably the Rock of Dunamaise, dating back to 2000 BC.  Situated in the very heart of Ireland, Laois is a hidden gem stepped in history and folklore. Why not journey through this magical midland county where you can delve into the secrets of past generations and uncover a myriad of historical tresures. 
Museums
Laois boasts having some of the most unique and interesting museums in the country. From the Famine Workhouse Museum in Donaghmore to the Steam Museum in Stradbally or Ireland's only  Fly Fishing and Game Museum in Attanagh, Co. Laois. Heritage House and Sextons Cottagein Abbeyleix and the Lace museum in Mountmellick reflect the Huguenot settlement in Mountmellick. 
Angling Holidays 
Angling in County Laois is one of the best kept secrets in the Country. Laois boasts a plethora of different locations and fish types in the county coupled with the intensive work done by the fisheries to keep the waterways stocked.laois angling centre for game /coarse fishing, full day or half day equipment for rental if required. 
Tours & Day Trips
Laois, the most centrally situated County in Ireland is within an hours drive from Dublin and within easy reach of Birr, The Curragh of Kildare, Kilkenny, the Rock of Cashel and Clonmacnoise to mention just a few of the well known places in Ireland
Book a personal tour guide for one or two days during your vacation. You can choose from a selection of local tours and longer tours within 2 hours drive of Laois. Tour guides are trained and certified.
Cruising
If you like to spend your breaks on the water, close to naure and free from it all then Laois has everything you need. The Grand Canal and the River Barrow make Laois a great central spot from where you can travel to many other parts of Ireland by boat. Leisurely cruises can last for days or weeks...........it is all here waiting for you. 
Vintage Car Festival
During your vacation in Laois you can enjoy the Annual Gordon Bennet Rally for classical vehicles of all types (registered pre 1974). Usually held over the first weekend in June, the tour starts in Laois and takes in counties Kildare and Carlow to commemorate the original Gordon Bennett - the race that saved motor sport. 
Entertainment
Horse racing, greyhound racing, ten pin bowling, outdoor crazy golf, bingo almost every night, theatre, Multiplex cinema, weeked old time dancing, gardens, castles and a selection of hotels, pubs and restuarants to suit all tasts.