Stay for the Weekend

Tri Laois  takes place on Saturday 7th  April, leaving you with the rest of the weekend free.

Laois is often overlooked as a weekend destination, but if you take a look around after the race, you will find an abundence of activity, leisure, sporting and arts pursuits.

Try some of these:

  • Laois is home to seven spa retreats
  • A coincidence, maybe, but there are also seven renowned golf courses
  • If you prefer outdoor retreats, visit the tranquil and gentle climbs of the Slieve Bloom Mountains (cycle, mountain bike or hike, especially the 5km Glenbarrow Waterfall Loop), the flat, quiet banks of the Grand Canal in Vicarstown or stroll through the gardens in Emo Court and Heywood Gardens, Ballinakill
  • Portlaoise has a diverse night scene, including award winning Indian restaurant (Kingfisher), a concept steakhouse (Kelly's Foundry) and numerous specialist restaurants - Chinese, Italian, and Thai.
  • Portlaoise also has its own comdey club (Kavanaghs), its own music club (Sky Venue) and a very active local theatre (Dunamaise centre for the Arts). None of these are more than 700m from the race site, and compliment the towns 20+ pubs
  • If you are just taking it easy, amble through the county's small towns by following its Heritage Trail, including the heritage town of Abbeyleix, Stradbally home of the Vintage Rally and Electric Picnic and Durrow, all closely located within minutes drive.
  • Retail therapy can be found in both Portlaoise and Portarlington, with Rathdowney also being home to a discount outlet centre
  • Other activities include cruising by barge along the Grand canal or Barrow, paintballing and numerous horse-riding options.

Find out more, much more by visiting the county's tourism page http://www.laoistourism.ie/