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..