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Festive Footwork: A Guide to Christmas Day Walks in Laois


With a diverse array of routes for all fitness levels, Laois has trails perfect for a festive family stroll this December. There’s nothing like an invigorating walk on Christmas Day, so let’s explore some top picks sure to get the blood pumping on the 25th.


Glenbarrow Loop

The Glenbarrow Loop is a magical place that truly comes alive during Christmas. This stunning trail offers a memorable walk along the majestic 3-tiered Glenbarrow Waterfall. Nestled in the heart of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, the captivating loop meanders through dense forests, immersing walkers in the soothing symphony of the River Barrow and the echoing birdsong. The well-marked trail caters to all fitness levels, making it an ideal choice for families. 


Abbeyleix Bog

Embark on this unique and enchanting loop trail near Abbeyleix. Starting at the Manor Hotel, this accessible route is a haven for nature enthusiasts. Traverse boardwalks across the ancient bogland, meander through woods, and spot an array of wildlife, from birds and butterflies to unique bog plants and flowers. All this makes the Abbeyleix trail popular all year round, so be sure to wish fellow walkers a Merry Christmas!


Ridge of Capard

For a Christmas day filled with awe-inspiring views, visit the Ridge of Capard. Almost 500 metres above the flatlands, the ridge trail provides panoramic sights and a unique vantage point to gaze into the neighbouring counties. History buffs will also appreciate the ancient stone cairn, known locally as the Stony Man, just off the trail. The best viewing point on the trail is just a 300-metre walk from the car park, making it the perfect spot for elderly visitors or those with mobility challenges.

Cullahill – Binnianea Loop

This loop circles the hills above the village of Cullahill, offering unforgettable countryside charm – especially at Christmas! Along the enchanting 7.6-km trail, visitors will stroll on quiet lanes, open hillsides and quaint woodland paths. The walk also has brilliant views, with the impressive ruins of Cullahill Castle, built in 1425, and an ancient holy well being standouts.

Laois, with its enchanting trails and captivating landscapes, is a perfect destination for festive walks. The joy of discovery is a gift like no other, with each trail in Laois offering a distinct experience sure to make Christmas extra special. Visit here to plan your perfect festive route.