County Laois - Private Day Tour

Tour Number

Activity Level

548132


Categories

First Time Visitor, Hiking and Walking, Local Experience, Museums / Culture

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.
A mixture of outdoor and indoor activities.

Maximum travelers: 5

Language(s)

explanation

English (fluent)

Explore Laois - Ireland's most inland county.


Historical houses and gardens, scenic mountain drives and pretty country villages - this is what to expect to see in County Laois - Ireland's most inland county.

Climb to the top of The Rock of Dunamase - the ruins of a 12th Century castle - and enjoy spectacular views around County Laois before a stroll through the beautiful gardens at Heywood.

Learn about 'The Great Hunger' at the Famine Museum and Workhouse at Donaghmore which tells the story of the families who lived and died within the Famine Workhouse walls before, during and after the Great Famine in the 1840s.

Other places to visit include a scenic drive through The Slieve Bloom Mountains and a visit to the heritage towns of Durrow & Abbeyleix.

This is an 8-hour day trip.

Itinerary

Pickup at 9am.

The Rock of Dunamase is the first stop after pick-up - these fascinating ruins offer wonderful views across the rich fertile farmland of The Irish Midlands.

A little further south is Heywood Gardens, Ballinakill - an easy walk through 50-acre gardens designed by Lutyens & finished in 1912 featuring a sunken walled garden with a pond.

Durrow Village & Abbeyleix Heritage Town offer a glimpse into Ireland's past and its history of landlord and tenant.

Lunch at a local pub/cafe.

At Donaghmore Famine Workhouse Museum you will learn about one of the worst periods of Ireland's history through the eyes of those impoverished people who were living in 'The Workhouse' during the late 1800s.

Return to original pickup point 5pm - this is an 8-hour day trip.

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection

End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection

Duration: 8 hours

Tour duration is usually 8 hours approximately.

Pickup time is 9:00am but can be changed if required.

Transportation

Comfortable, air-conditioned Mercedes Viano (mini-van).

5 passengers.

What’s Included

  • Guiding Services
  • Private Transportation

Other: Price includes all transportation costs - fuel, parking, tolls, etc. and all of the guide's costs for the day.

Mercedes Viano (mini-van), spacious with air-conditioning.

Fully qualified guide (as approved by Irish Tourism Board)

Estimated Local Cash Needed

35 Euro - Light lunch, tea/coffee, souvenirs and admission fees - approximate cost.

Emo Court Admission Fee: Adult €5 / Senior €4 (seasonal opening)
Donaghmore Famine Museum Admission Fee: Adult €5 (limited opening hours)

What’s Extra

  • Personal Expenses
  • Souvenirs
  • Food, Drinks, Snacks

Other: - Entrance fees

Private tour guide Don

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