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Situated at the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, Mountrath is the last town you stop in before you escape into the quite rolling hills.

The busy market town has number of great places to eat and refuel. Or pick up a picnic and enjoy one of the great spots in the nearby mountains. The artisan Cottage Market runs of the 1st Saturday of each month where everything is home-made or home grown and award winning Keegan’s butchers supply many of the local hotels and restaurants including Ballyfin Demesne.

Roundwood House is a true escape. A family run guesthouse, you can be assured of a warm welcome and a truly personalised stay. The multi award winning and 5 star plus Ballyfin Demesne is located just outside Mountrath in the nearby village of Ballyfin. This magical spot is the ideal location for a special occasion.

The villages of Coolrain and Camross lie to the south of the town and are charming to visit. Make sure you check out the Poet’s Cottage and stop for some refreshments in Sheeran’s traditional thatched pub.

With the mountains all around this part of Laois you are never too far away from a great outdoors experience. For family friendly walks Monicknew is an ideal location with tall forests and river valleys it’s perfect for exploring. Go a little further and discover Glenbarrow, its waterfall and its looped walk.

The new mountain bike track situated in nearby Baunreagh is built to the highest standards and will thrill even the most experienced cyclist.

Castletown Community Hall

Outdoor Theatre Space at MY Creative Space Mountrath