Laois, Ireland

The Laois Heritage Trail

The Laois Heritage Trail

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15 tour stops



Welcome to the Abarta Audio Guide to the Laois Heritage Trail

2 min

Donaghmore Workhouse and Agricultural Museum

The Donaghmore Workhouse was built to house the most poverty stricken people of Laois

4 min

Aghaboe Abbey

An early Christian monastic settlement was founded here around 577 AD by St. Canice

4 min


The elegant town of Durrow was largely developed in the early 1700s

3 min

Irish Fly Fishing and Game Shooting Museum

The Irish Fly Fishing & Game Shooting Museum explores 300 years of hunting & fishing

3 min

Heywood Gardens

Located just north of Ballinakill village, Heywood Gardens is a truly beautiful place

3 min


Abbeyleix is a true treasure trove of elegant architecture

3 min


A religious community was founded here by St. Mochua in around 600 AD

3 min

Stradbally Steam Museum

Stradbally Steam Museum celebrates Ireland's steam engine heritage

3 min

The Rock of Dunamase

Explore one of Ireland's most atmospheric and evocative medieval castles

4 min

Emo Court

Emo Court is a country villa designed by architect James Gandon (1743-1823)

4 min


For part of the late 17th – 18th century, Portarlington was the Paris of the Midlands

4 min


Mountmellick is a town of fine buildings and a unique textile art

4 min

Poet's Cottage

This replica cottage gives a sense of what rural life was like in the 1800s

2 min


Thank you for visiting Laois and we hope you enjoyed exploring the wonderful heritage

2 min


Laois is one of Ireland’s true hidden gems. Its beautiful rolling countryside is steeped in folklore, myths and legends and it is home to some of Ireland’s most fascinating heritage sites that span centuries of Irish history. Our guide will help you to explore this beautiful county, and we’ll visit some wonderful historical sites as we tell you the story of Laois.

This Heritage Trail is only the beginning of your journey through this fascinating county. More than 1,000 monuments and places of historical interest have been identified in Laois. All through the county, the people at the sites, museums and tourist offices are there to help you pursue your interests. So set off down one of the county’s winding roads. The more you explore Laois, the more you will find.

This guide has been produced by Abarta Audioguides in conjunction with Laois Tourism and Laois County Council and with the support of Laois Partnership.

Itinerary 139 km / 49 min

Offline map included

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