Visitor cards available allowing discount to
several sites in our surrounding area. Free travel vouchers are available for
seniors on designated services[terms and conditions apply]
Walking & Hiking in Laois
County Laois boasts a total of approximately 480 kilometres of “off road
” walking routes, encompassing the areas of Sli Dala, Erkina,
Cullahill, Abbeyleix, Stradbally, Durrow, Timahoe, Mounthrath,
Clonaslee, Spink , Slieve Margy and Emo forest way marked walks.
Enjoy your Vacation walking in the Slieve Bloom Mountains in Co. Laois. Visit The Cut in the Slieve Bloom
mountains a road hewn out of solid rock by stonemasons in the 19th
century,or delight in the tumbling water pouring over the Glenbarrow
Waterfall. One of the best reasons to visit Mount Arderin the summit of
the Slieve Bloom Mountains on a clear day is the possibility to see the
highest points of all four ancient provinces of Ireland .
Equestrian and Horse Riding in Laois
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 be experienced riders or
just eager novices. Why not give western-style ranch riding a try at
Fossey Mountains Timahoe or ahorse drawn caravan
Golfing in Laois and Midlands
There are seven quality parkland 18 hole golf courses in the County
which suit golfers of all levels. The golf courses offer some of the
most competitive green fees in Ireland. Supplement of 15-30 euro for Heritage Golf Course.
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 Offaly railway a 5.5 miles circular train ride through raised bog "The Blackwater Bog" do not miss a unique experience.
If you like to spend your break visiting gardens and historic buildings
Laois has plenty to offer. The county is home to several prestigious gardens
and stately homes. There are also many heritage sites. Situated in
the very heart of Ireland, Laois is a hidden gem steeped in history and
folklore. Why not journey through this magical midland county where we
can delve into the secrets of past generations and uncover a myriad of
historical treasures. Laois has a wealth of heritage sites and places of
historic interest, reflecting a history of human settlement dating back
thousands of years. From the Bronze Age to the stately architecture of
James Gandon, the county is replete with splendid historical treasures -
an Aladdin's Cave for heritage enthusiasts.Our most notable is The Rock
of Dunamaise dating back to 2000B.C.
Museums to visit on your Vacation.Laois boasts having some of the most unique and interesting museums in the country. From the Famine Workhouse Museum 1853-1886 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 Cottage in Abbeyleix and the Mountmellick Lace Museum in Mountmellick reflects the Huguenot settlement in Mountmellick.
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.
Pubs and Public Houses in Co. Laois
Set Dancing, Traditional Irish Music and Dance. Enjoy finely prepared
bar food over a pint of Guinness in one of our many quaint pubs
throughout the county
For dates and location of festivities check our news section.
Festivals and Events (For dates and location of festivities check our news section)
- Annual International Irish Music and Set dancing Festival tel +353578621178
- May Budweiser International Golf Challenge tel.353(0)578664132
- Laois Bealtaine Festival[Arts] tel.+353(0)578674342
- Slieve Bloom Walking Festival www.slievebloom.ie
- June The annual Gordon Bennett Classic vintage rally first weekend in June
- Rose of Tralee selection festival.
- International Sheep sheering competition in Portlaoise.
- Laois Walking festival tel.+353(0)578661900 June- July
- Athy blue grass festival ,top American bands
- Athy Agricultural show mid. July
- Gerald Manley Hopkins international literary festival in Monasterevin Co. Kildare
- August Stradbally annual Steam Rally first week-end in August
- Laois Heritage week from 24th August-31st August. many free of charge activities.
- September Electric Picnic Concert festival first week-end in September
- The French Festival in Portarlington
- Laois annual County Agricultural Show in Rathdowney and Clonaslee early September
- Co. Kildare agricultural show in Athy mid. July
- Durrow Carnival early August
- Tullamore Agricultural and Livestock Show
Tours and Day Trips - From Laois throughout Ireland
Laois the most centrally situated County in Ireland is within one
hour`s drive from Dublin, and easy reach of Birr, the Curragh of
Kildare, Kilkenny, the Rock of Cashel and Clomacnoise to mention just a
few of the well known places.
Book a Personal Tour Guide for your Vacation in Co. Laois. You
can book a personal tour guide for one or more days during your stay in
Laois. You can choose from a selection of local tours or longer tours
within 2 hours drive of Laois. Our Tour Guides are trained /certified
/very knowledgeable and enjoyable to listen to.
If you like to spend your breaks on the water,
close to nature 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's all here waiting for
Gordon Bennett Classic Vintage Car Racing Rally Laois Ireland
During your Vacation in Laois enjoy an Annual Rally for Classic vehicles
of all types (registered pre-1974) based in County Laois and taking in
counties Kildare and Carlow to commemorate the original Gordon Bennett
-the race that saved motor sport held usually over first week-end in
Horse racing, greyhound racing, ten pin bowling outdoor crazy golf, bingo almost every night, theatre, multiplex cinema, weekend oldtime dancing, gardens, castles, a selection of hotels, pubs traditional Irish music and restaurants to suit all tastes.
Gaelic athletic association football matches every weekend over summer months.
There is an excellent bus and train service from Portlaoise and
Portarlington, over 30 trains to Dublin daily from Portarlington a taxi
service from Emo village and a local bus passes our gate Monday to