Laois is a County with lots for the visitor to do and see in the midlands, surrounded by the following counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Offaly, Kildare, it can be quickly accessed across several neighbouring counties. It is just 1 hr from Dublin, Limerick and Athlone and 1hr 40 from Cork, 1hr 50 Galway, 1hr 20 from Waterford. Laois & Offaly share the beauty of the Slieve Bloom mountain range making it an ideal spot for walking and generally getting out and about and enjoying the nature around us.
Laois with the Rivers Nore & Barrow flowing through it and also its many lakes is an ideal area for anglers and Coolrain is where you will find the Laois Angling Centre, angling can be enjoyed at Brittas Lake and it is a great area for walking as is Granstown Lake, with woodland & nature reserve. Walking in Laois can also be enjoyed around Cullohill and visit the Cullohill Castle ruin in its lovely rural setting and the woods in Stradbally. Laois also has lots of water activities available especially in Durrow where the Laois Kayak & Canoe Club is based. Laois is where you can find a number of gardens which are open to visitors such as Heywood Gardens, Gash Gardens, Ballintubbert Garden just to name a few..
Emo Court in Co Laois is a magnificent example of the neo-Classical style, reflecting the architecture of ancient Greece and Rome, why not take a tour of the house and step back in time, with a cafe onsite. Mountmellick Museum displays many Mountmellick Embroidery pieces and protects the memory of Mountmellick’s rich Quaker industrial past. The museum is situated on the banks of the River Owenass. Donaghamore Famine Workhouse Museum.
The Electric Picnic Music event held in Stradbally, Co Laois in September is always booked to near capacity bringing music arts from all over the world, a music event for the diary. Co Laois is where many community festivals are held, great family festivals such as Ossory Agricultural Show in July and Clonaslee Agricultural Show. Another music festival in Co Laois is the Portlaoise Magnet Music Festival, Co Laois held in August a music festival which is community driven.
Heywood Gardens, Ballinakill, Co Laois consists of gardens, lakes, woodland and architectural features beautifully layed out. Stradbally Steam Museum, Portlaoise, Co Laois houses many steam, fire and farm engines in the museum for the visitor to view. Ballaghmore Castle, Dublin Road, Borris-in-Ossory, Co Offaly is situated between Roscrea and Borris-on-Ossory, built in 1480.