The gentle rolling hills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains rise from the central plains of Ireland, forming a natural link between the counties of Laois and of Offaly. The area is picturesque, peaceful, gloriously multi-coloured and one of the least explored in Ireland. Dotted around the mountains are quaint little villages, and to visit one is like stepping back in time to an era when life moved at a slower pace. These are the places where people will take the time to talk to you, will listen to your stories and enjoy telling you theirs. According to the locals the Slieve Bloom have everything, except the sea!
Hike the Irish wilderness, Horse ride off the beaten track, Mountain bike Ireland’s most challenging routes, Golf the scenic countryside or Fish for your supper… dive into the sections below to see what a diverse range of activities & attractions the Slieve Bloom region has to offer.
Every day, there is an adventure waiting to happen in Laois. With its mountains, canals, forest trails, rivers & lakes, Laois is truly an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. But, it is also a warm and welcoming place for the rest of us.
Rich in history, Laois has been home to the Vikings, Quakers, French Huguenots to name but a few. All have left their mark around the county making it a wonderful place to step back in time. Discover lavish county estates and woodlands, climb ancient castles and round towers.
Discover micro brewery’s and distilleries and wonderful organic and artesian food producers with treats to tantalise your taste buds. A perfect base for discovering Ireland’s Ancient East, it’s so close to everything. Spend your days exploring and at night retreat back some of the most diverse and luxurious accommodation in Ireland . Enjoy the wonderfully paced Laois life to enjoy the best in food and entertainment.
The Irish National Stud belongs to the people of Ireland but prides itself on being enjoyed and appreciated by visitors from all parts of the globe. Nowhere better symbolises all that is great about County Kildare, the beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry, than the stud, a unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty that is home to some of the most magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens to be found anywhere in the world. For well over 100 years, the pride of Tully has been a working stud farm, its central objective being to produce for Ireland thoroughbreds capable of being crowned champions at home and abroad. In that aim it proved an instant hit with Minoru, one of the first star horses born and raised on the stud’s idyllic land, triumphing in horse racing’s most important contest, the Epsom Derby, way back in 1909.