Laois is located 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Kilkenny and 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Dublin, the national capital.
Laois is home to a number of the finest fairways and friendliest clubhouses in in the region. The Heritage Golf Club and Portlaoise Golf Club are two of the area’s premier golf links. The Heath Golf Club and Abbeyleix Golf Club are two more great links that keen golfers should check out.
If you love culture, be sure to visit some of the remarkable museums in the Laois area. Donaghmore Workhouse Museum and Stradbally Steam Museum are two of the area’s more rewarding museums. The Mountmellick Museum and the Irish Fly Fishing and Game Shooting Museum are other museums worth adding to your itinerary.
Re-live some of the brightest and darkest days in Laois by exploring some of its historic places. Start your history tour at the Rock of Dunamase, the Abbeyleix Heritage House and the Stradbally Narrow Gauge Steam Train, which are among the more interesting heritage sites around.
Heywood Gardens is one of the most popular natural escapes around Laois. Enjoy the local flora and fauna, take a few photos, or just listen to the birdsong. This park is the perfect match for all moods and seasons.
An iconic religious building, one of the more popular of the many historic attractions here, is the Aghaboe Abbey. Visit the site to discover its cultural significance and then take your time to study its design.
Sometimes dramatic, sometimes romantic, the fortresses and castles in this country are always special places to photograph. When you come across the iconic design of the historic Ballaghmore Castle, it’s very easy to conjure up images of how noblemen once governed their empire.
Vacationers looking for some unique sights off the usual tourist trail should head to Emo Court.