Laois Heritage Trail

The Laois Heritage Trail is 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. Anglers and sportspeople should visit the Fly Fishing Museum. Architecture buffs might want to start at Emo Court or Abbeyleix, while those who love fine handwork should head straight for the museum in Mountmellick.

The Laois Heritage Trail Storymap will lead you around the sites

2006-01-15 Dunamase from Barbican

The Rock of Dunamase


Sites of the Laois Heritage Trail

Donaghmore Workhouse

Aghaboe Abbey


Irish Fly Fishing and Game Shooting Museum

Heywood Gardens



Stradbally Steam Museum

The Rock of Dunamase

Emo Court



Poet’s Cottage


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.


Laois Heritage Trails App

As part of the Ireland’s Ancient East programme and with grant aid from Failte Ireland, we have released a free Laois Heritage Trails 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 for “Laois Heritage”

  Laois Heritage TRails app store screenshot

itunes-app-store-logo Google-Play-Store


In addition to the app, we have created multi-lingual booklets on the Laois Heritage Trail and Gardens Trail, and short films on aspect of the story of Laois.


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.

Our partners in this work have been Ireland’s Ancient East, Abarta Heritage and Acoustiguide.


Audioguide to the Laois Heritage Trail


The Laois Heritage Trail is also available in Irish, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin.


Audioguide to the Laois Monastic Trail

The Laois Monastic Trail is also available in Irish, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin.




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