Laois, one of the Ireland’s most interesting counties, is also one of its least discovered. To help visitors and long-time residents explore Laois, the Heritage Trail offers information on the sites that make up the Heritage Trail.
Laois County Council with the support of Fáilte Ireland, aims to promote the heritage sites of Laois and to make information accessible to a wide range of overseas visitors.
We have created a new Laois Heritage smartphone app, developed multi-lingual audioguides, and translated booklets on the Laois Heritage Trail and Gardens Trail. As an integral part of Ireland’s Ancient East, Laois has much to offer the visitor and resident alike, and we hope that these new tools will allow us to welcome visitors to Laois from a wider range of countries than ever before. The inclusion of Irish language translations to all our guides reflects the importance given to our national language by Laois County Council, as a vital part of our cultural heritage and a vibrant part of our country’s future.
Laois Heritage Trails App
As part of the Ireland’s Ancient East programme and with grant aid from Failte Ireland, we have released free smartphone app, with photos, maps and multilingual audioguides to the Laois Heritage Trail and Laois Monastic Trail.
The app is available in both Android and i-Phone format and can be downloaded from the relevant app store by clicking the links below, or simply by searching the store of “Laois Heritage”
Launch of the Laois Heritage Trails App and Audioguides
Audioguide to the Laois Heritage Trail
Audioguide to the Laois Monastic Trail
Laois Heritage Sites
The Laois Heritage Trail and other sites of interest in Laois are mapped on Google maps, where you can follow our trail or discover one of your own!
If you are interested in castles, the Rock of Dunamase is the place to begin. Wildlife lovers and sportsmen should visit the Fly Fishing Museum. Architecture buffs might want to start at Emo Court, while those who love fine handwork should head straight for the museum in Mountmellick.
Sites of the Laois Heritage Trail
This Heritage Trail is only the beginning. 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.