Welcome to the Abarta Audio Guide to the Laois Heritage Trail2 min
The Donaghmore Workhouse was built to house the most poverty stricken people of Laois4 min
An early Christian monastic settlement was founded here around 577 AD by St. Canice4 min
The elegant town of Durrow was largely developed in the early 1700s3 min
The Irish Fly Fishing & Game Shooting Museum explores 300 years of hunting & fishing3 min
Located just north of Ballinakill village, Heywood Gardens is a truly beautiful place3 min
Abbeyleix is a true treasure trove of elegant architecture3 min
A religious community was founded here by St. Mochua in around 600 AD3 min
Stradbally Steam Museum celebrates Ireland's steam engine heritage3 min
Explore one of Ireland's most atmospheric and evocative medieval castles4 min
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 Midlands4 min
Mountmellick is a town of fine buildings and a unique textile art4 min
This replica cottage gives a sense of what rural life was like in the 1800s2 min
Thank you for visiting Laois and we hope you enjoyed exploring the wonderful heritage2 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.