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Laois – golf in Ireland or enjoy the sights and scenery
Laois (pronounced ‘leesh’) is located an hour and a half away from Dublin. County Laois is the perfect place to get away and get some peace and quiet from the din and drudgery of daily life. Whether it's golf in Ireland, fishing or relaxing in the country, Laois has it all.
Friendly pubs, enjoyable restaurants, equestrian activities, fishing spots and some of the best golf in Ireland all ensure that you will have a splendid time in Laois. A number of castles, monuments and monasteries are also found in Laois if you fancy a little sight seeing.
Car hire in Laois
Our Car rental services section provides all information about
Car Hire and Rental in Dublin and Laois. We have compiled a list of fleet available for hiring, and a list of car rental offices in Ireland.
You will find low cost car hire all over Ireland. You can easily book your car online or get an instant quote.
Restaurants in Laois
During the recent years, many new restaurants have sprung up in Dublin.
These restaurants offer a wide range of cuisines and attract tourists from all parts of the world.
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Hotels in Laois
Browse through Ireland's Laois Hotel Guide to resolve all your worries about selecting a hotel,
according to your budget and style in this amazingly beautiful place. Ranging from 2 star cheap Laois hotels to 5 star luxury hotels,
Laois Hotels in Ireland provide every comfort and facility.
Golf in Laois
Ireland is a place of breathtaking scenery and friendly people, not to forget home of the world's best golf courses. Browse around and see what we have to offer in our Dublin Golf Guide.
Originally known as Queens County, County Laois is accessible by rail, buses and cars. Why not hire a car in Laois to see this magnificent county by road?
There are plenty of things to do in Laois. For those looking to golf in Ireland here in Laois, you'll have a choice of seven high quality parkland courses.
Horse riding is popular in Laois as the landscape lends itself well to trekking. If you’re into angling, try fishing on the River Barrow, River Nore and Grand Canal for brown trout, salmon, roach, rudd, bream or tench.
Laois outdoor activities
If you're coming to Laois to sample outdoor activities, look no further than Slieve Bloom Mountains. The views from the mountains are fascinating on a clear day, to say the least because you can easily make out the highest points of all the four provinces of Ireland.
If you're into bird watching, there’s more than 65 species in these mountains. Other wildlife you’re likely to spot here includes foxes, badgers, goats, deer and hares. Walkers and cyclists will enjoy the circular trail of Slieve Bloom Way through hills and valleys.
These mountains are also home to the popular annual event of Slieve Blooms Storytelling Festival. In addition, May and August are the months to attend some music sessions and dance classes at the Half Door Set Dancing Club Festival.
Other things to do in Laois
The county town of Laois is Portlaoise, famous for its maximum security prison and mental hospital; both located on the same road referred to as “the Nuts 'n' Bolts Road” by locals. When in Laois, there’s plenty to do. For example:
• Visit the old jail, now converted into a multi-purpose arts centre
• Catch some fine views of the mountains at the Rock of Dunamase, 6km from Portlaoise
• See neo-classical style and beautiful gardens at Emo Court, 13km from Portlaoise
• Visit the market town of Ballinakill and see the beautiful Heywood Gardens, lakes, lawns, pools and architectural features
• Take a trip to the Fly-fish Museum in Attanagh
• Shop for genuine Irish lace at Mountmellick
• Check out the Steam Engine Museum at Stradbelly.
There are plenty of other things to do in Laois. If you're keen to golf in Ireland here in Laois, you’ll there are seven fantastic parkland courses.