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The Ultimate Laois Bucket List

We here at Laois Tourism thought it would be fun to suggest 5 Laois experiences to put on your bucket list. From the simple to the sublime we have gone all out and think you will want to add at least one to your list.


What better way to have a truly Laois experience than to watch the sunrise over it? No matter what the season the Rock of Dunamase is the place to go. Take the short walk into the ruins and make your way to the top. Find that perfect viewing spot, of which there are many and just sit back and let the world turn and the sun rise over Laois.

Blow the Budget

Ballyfin Demesne is the place for you to blow that budget. This five-star hotel, and most lavish late Georgian house, has 15 bedrooms, each lovingly restored with antiques from around the world, 600 acres of parkland, a 28-acre lake, ancient wood and follies and grottos scattered around for you to discover and enjoy. But if you would rather stay inside its beauty treatment room, fitness centre and indoor pool can also be enjoyed. When you stay there you are not just a guest, you are family and master. Every effort will be made to make it the most comfortable and enjoyable stay you could have in any hotel in the world.

Bring the Girls

If a pampering is your thing, why not the gather the girls and head to the Heritage Hotel. They have the most fabulous spa rooms and thermal suites with so many relaxing and indulgent treatments to choose from. Why not add afternoon tea to the experience and if the weather is nice it can be brought outside for you to picnic in all that open space and enjoy the sights and sounds of Laois at the Heritage.

Exhilarating Bike Ride

Grab your mountain bike, or rent one at Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Centre, and take to the Slieve Blooms. The brand new expertly designed red grade trail at Baunreagh is perfect for the adrenalin junkie with constant twists and turns, ups and downs and tight single track sections this 60 to 90 minute bike ride will leave you truly exhilarated and on top of the world. If you have a chance to look up from the trail the views are amazing and will only add to the experience. This is the prefect addition to any extreme sports enthusiasts bucket list.

The Foraging Foodie

Roundwood House nestled in the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains is a three-hundred-year old country house that not only offers the most delightful accommodation experience but will also organise a foraging expedition around the grounds and surrounding countryside. After settling in with home-made biscuits and a cup of tea in the drawing room you could then explore all the hidden edible delights with an expert guide and have the chef cook them up for your after.

It’s hard to choose just one for your bucket list, so why not put them all on it and plan your trip to Laois today!