Comhairle Chontae Laoise – Laois County Council – Walking
At the Heart of Ireland
Laois, at the heart of Ireland, welcomes all visitors to the enormous tracts of wilderness, expanses of bogland, esker hills, mountains and deep wooded valleys. This is a historic land with a rich tradition of myths, fables and legends which are still celebrated to this day. Situated in both Laois and Offaly the picturesque Slieve Bloom Mountains allow visitors to experience to explore the largest continuous area of upland blanket bog and forestry in Ireland. Mountain streams and waterfalls run into deep wooded valleys and friendly villages nestle at the foothills. Trees, shrubs, heather, bog mosses, bog cotton and other vegetation as well as wild forest animals and insects surround the mountains and offer a great experience to the leisurely stroller or energetic hiker. Choose from the variety of walks; eco trails, short and long loops, forest paths and the Slieve Bloom Way.
Our lively towns and villages offer friendly greetings, a fantastic range of accommodation from self catering, friendly B&B’s to modern and luxury hotels. Laois is easily accessible by road, rail, river and canal so why not visit.