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Thank you for visiting the official website of Laois Tourism. Here you will find information on the picturesque County of Laois located in the heart of the Midlands. Often overlooked as a tourist destination but the county’s compact size makes it ripe for exploration. With so much to offer including a range of activities to its visitors from excellent golf courses to horse riding and fishing. Laois is also blessed with two fine rivers, the River Nore and the River Barrow both providing excellent angling. Hill walking and cycling are two other favourite pastimes, not to mention the glorious Slieve Bloom Mountains.The Laois Garden trail will showcase our beautiful gardens and the Laois Heritage Trail will guide you through the historic monuments and fine heritage of Co. Laois.
National Heritage Week - Laois
Heritage Week 2017 will take place from 19-27 August and the theme this year is nature. There is a great range of wildlife themed events happening all across Laois, from the Pollinator Party in Portlaoise Park, to the launch of the Portlaoise Swift Project, and from Wildlife in the Workhouse at Donaghmore, to Reptiles in the County's libraries!
Full details of all events are in the Laois Heritage Week Event Guide which is available in all Local Libraries and the Tourist Office, Portlaoise.
Stradbally Steamrally - The 53rd National Steamrally, Cosby Estate, Stradbally Co. Laois Bank Holiday Weekend Sunday August 6th & Monday August 7th 2017
The Stradbally Annual Steam Rally takes place this Bank Holiday weekend on Sun 6th & Monday 7th August 2017. This will be the 53rd year that the Rally has been held in Stradbally, always a great event with plenty to do and see at Cosby Hall, Stradbally Co. Laois.
Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2017 - July 30th - August 7th
The Annual Scarecrow Festival takes place from Sunday July 30th and runs right through to Monday August 7th in Durrow Co. Laois. A quirky festival with a great array of events, live music, art workshops etc surrounded by Ireland' largest collection of Scarecrows. A great festival not to be missed, for further information please see www.durrowscarecrowfestival.com.
The Old Fort Festival - Friday June 23rd - Sunday June 25th 2017
For the second year running the Old Fort Festival will take place in Portlaoise with plenty of entertainment for all the family. Heritage talks on the Old Fort site, heritgae displays and workshops will take place on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th. Plenty of live music over the three days, childrens entertainment and foodstalls along the main street.All the details of times and places of events and everything you need to know are available on the Old Fort Quarter Facebook Page
The Gordon Bennett Classic Car Run 2017
June 2nd - June 5th
This fun run takes place over the June Bank Holiday with the midland County of Laois in Ireland as the event base. Also covering other Counties including Carlow and Kildare, all three of which were chosen for the original 1903 race. This historic route offers visitors many interesting and scenic locations in the region, while celebrating and discovering ” The Race that saved Motor Sport
for further information please see www.gordonbennettclassic.ie