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Nature & Wildlife

You’re Welcome to Discover the Outdoors… 

By bike, foot, or on the water, Laois has a treasure trove of natural beauty waiting to be discovered. Our unspoilt environment is both a bountiful habitat for local wildlife and a scenic delight for all to enjoy. With nearly 500km of routes, including 30 looped walks all around the county, walkers and hikers are in for a treat. For cyclists and mountain-bikers, Laois is a push-bike paradise, offering everything from gentle spins to challenging trails.

Anglers, kayakers, cruisers, and more have explored our rivers, canals, and lakes for years. And remember…there’ll always be car parking close by and you’re never more than a few miles from a country pub with a warm welcome.

No mention of our outdoors would be complete without acknowledging our wonderful golf courses, which you can also find throughout the county.

Twin Trees Festival

22nd August 2024 - 25th August 2024

Visit Laois this August and wander The Twin Trees Festival, a three day outdoor painting event taking place in Heywood Gardens on day one, the woodlands and lakes on day two and Ballinakill Village on day three. With past participants and new artists on the scene, we welcome all to visit Laois to see the very picturesque Ballinakill on canvas. Let's celebrate art and culture in Laois.

Ballinakill, County Laois, Ireland