Set in the midst of the midlands of Ireland, County Laois offers the visitor a myriad of places to visit and things to do.
The Rock of Dunamase, one of the finest Celtic fortifications in Ireland, looms dramatically above the plains east of Portlaoise.
Originally crowned by an Iron Age ring fort, the 13th century castle which succeeded it is now more recognizable- although it was nearly destroyed by Cromwellian forces in 1650.
Make sure to visit the towns and villages associated with the Quakers and Huguenots and the waterfalls and valleys of the Slieve Bloom mountains.
The county boasts several gardens of note as well as angling, golf and equestrian facilities for every level. There are also numerous places to stay, places to eat and pubs in which to experience traditional Irish music.