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Treascon Lodge,
County Laois,
+353 (0)57 8643183

Treascon Lodge is a modern, distinctive house situated in the peaceful countryside outside Portarlington and near the Heritage Golf Club. We offer ensuite guestrooms with T.V. and tea/coffee facilities provided. Travelling From Dublin: head Southbound in the direction of the Cork/Limerick road (N7). Travel on N7, and afterwards M7, taking the turnoff for the town of Monasterevin. Travel through Monasterevin. After 4km there is a turn right for Portarlington.

Tall Trees,
Cork Road,
Co. Laois.
+353 (0)57 8625412 / +353 (0)86 8533264

Friendly, family run home, private parking, in quiet surroundings. Tea/coffee on arrival.
We are an hours drive from Dublin and an hour and forty five minutes from Rosslare on Euro route (N80) to Midlands and the West.
Situated on the Gordon Bennett Route!

Limerick/Mountrath Rd,
Co. Laois
+353 (0)57 8622345

Modern bungalow set in mature gardens. Walking distance to pubs and restaurants. Choice of breakfast, personal attention assured. Tea/coffee, hairdressers, multichannel tv in ensuite bedrooms. Central location for touring. 80km to Dublin airport, Ferries. Several golf courses within a 20km radius. Visit Curragh racecourse, Rock of Dunamaise and Emo Court. Take a scenic drive through Slieve Bloom Mountains. Excellent train and bus service to Dublin daily, leave your car and enjoy a day sightseeing or shopping without the hassle of traffic.

Oakville B&B
Mountrath Road,
County Laois,
057 8661970

Modern Detached Residence 500 yards from town centre. Private car parking.
Ensuite and standard rooms all with T.V. & Hairdryers.
Family run home with tour guide in residence. If you are interested in the culture & heritage of Laois and if you wish to enjoy a relaxed break this is the place for you.

O'Sullivan's B&B
8 Kellyville Park,
County Laois,
+353 (0)57 8622774

Two-storey red brick semi detached house. All bedrooms ensuite with multi Channel TV.Luxury Accommodation situated situated in the heart of the town. Private car park and all amenities within 2 mins walk.

Ivyleigh House
Bank Place
County Laois,
+353 (0)57 8622081

Historic Georgian family home in Portlaoise Town Centre, restored to a very high standard in accommodation but equal in depth of character with a profusion of antique period furnishings, comfortable bedrooms individually styled with tea / coffee facilities.
Winners of RAC Award for Excellence, 'Little Gem Award' , also Georgina Campbell's 'Irish Breakfast Award', recommended by Frommer Guide, Fodors, Karen Brown 'Guide to Ireland', Michelin Red Book Guide, Bridgestone '100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland', Alistair Saundays 'Special Places to Stay'.

Tullamoy House,
Stradbally, County Laois, Ireland
+353 (0)59 8627111

Stone built spacious house set in peaceful surroundings in a very scenic area on a working beef farm just off N80 5km from Stradbally. It is very close to historical sites, forest and country walks. Equestrian centers within a 20 min drive. Golf courses, fishing, and several race courses within a reasonable distance including the Curragh and Punchestown. National Stud and Japanese Gardans, Heywood Gardens Emo Court and Dunamise Castle close by. Baby sitting and off road car parking available. Stables available on request for horses or dogs.

Laois County Lodge
Dublin Road, Portlaoise, County Laois, Ireland
+353 (0)57 8620472

Elegant Town House, set back from road with parking in forecourt. Recommended by 'Country Living Guide' to Ireland. Recent Award Winning 'Spotlight on Ireland' for 2003. Also J.P.C. Award for Irish Accommodation. Ten Minute Walk to Town Centre, just off N7.

Chez Nous,
Dublin Road, Portlaoise, County Laois, Ireland
057 8621251

Chez Nous offers a high standard B&B accommodation to visitors to the Portlaoise area. All rooms have colour TV, including Sky, tea/coffee making facilities and are ensuite or have a private bathroom. Portlaoise is located in the heart of the Midlands within easy reach of several major attractions. It is an ideal place for walking, fishing and golfing. It is fast becoming a flourishing golfing destination with the opening of the Heritage Golf complex at Killinard which was designed by Seve Ballesteros. Other local tourist attractions include the Rock of Dunamaise & the panoramic views of the Slieve Bloom Mountains.

Coolanowle Country House - Farmhouse
Mrs. Bernadine Mulhall Ballickmoyler,
Co. Carlow T: 059-8625176 F: 059-8625176
A haven of peace and tranquility situated in the heart of the countryside approached by an attractive tree lined avenue and surrounded by three acres of beech wood gardens. The house has the atmosphere of a welcoming home with antique furnishings. Superbly appointed bedrooms. Tea/coffee and home baking on arrival. 2001 Agri-Tourism award winner. A fully equipped gym with sauna and steam room available free of charge to all guests on site with massage/aromatherapy by appointment.

Self Catering

The Spires
Brockley Park House,
057 8625833

The Spires is a spacious five bedroomed (all en-suite) house set on 4 acres of an 18th century walled garden and orchard. Kitchen, dining room and living room. Dish waher, washing machine, dryer, microwave, tv, bed linen and towels included Sleeps 8-10

Hillview cottages,
County Laois
057 8646530

Enjoy your vacation in our Bord Failte registered holiday apartments or holiday farm cottage just 0.5 klms.from Emo village, County Laois in the heart of Ireland just 3lkm. from M7 motorway, with Dublin one hour from our holiday rentals by car, bus or train.

Our family run 4 star vacation rentals are beautifully converted stone buildings, two apartments, each with their own entrance and 3 star accommodation in an early 19th century three bedroomed traditional farm cottage fully refurbished with all modern facilities and front garden. Open all year enjoy a relaxing holiday or short break at Hillview farm, Emo.

Apple Cottage,
Emo, Portlaoise, County Laois,
+353 (0)57 8624143

Apple Cottage is a recently restored Victorian Cottage, which originally as used as a Toll house on the old Dublin Portlaoise road.
It is in a very attractive rural setting next to Emo Court and Emo Village, and has walking, golf (Killenard Golf Club) and pony trekking nearby. Only 50 minutes from Dublin airport, it has two rail links, Portlaoise and Portarlington within 10km.

It has a large garden and plenty of parking. There are three bedrooms, one ensuite, and a family bathroom plus an additional guest bathroom. There is a flagstone patio leading off the kitchen. Kitchen has electric cooker and micro wave oven, and utility room has washing machine and dryer. It has every modern amenity and convenience, plus cable TV and a DVD Player.

Coolanowle Cottages - 4 star
Mrs. Bernadine Mulhall
Ballickmoyler, Co. Carlow
T: 059-8625176
F: 059-8625176

1 hour from Dublin are two tastefully converted limestone cottages, each with 2 en-suite bedrooms, kitchen/living area, combined with open fire and front porch. Surrounded by 3.5 acres of beech wood gardens, ponds, lawn, tennis, football goals and swings. Owner resident on an organic dairy/tillage/sheep farm. On site health centre with stauna/steam room and sun bed. Available free of charge to all guests. Aromatherapy and massage by appointment. Payphone available on site.

Hillside Cottage - 3 star
Mr. Fintan Doran
T: 01-8331428

Hillside Cottage is situated on several acres of land, amidst the rolling hills of Killeshin. This wonderful holiday cottage is ideal for those looking for a retreat from the rigours of daily life. This cottage is ideal as a base for those wishing to explore the beautiful countryside surrounding the midlands of Ireland. The cottage comprises of two spacious bedrooms, large living room, bathroom and kitchen and features every modern convenience to enhance one's stay.

Abbeyview Thatched Cottage
+353 (0)57 8626263

Facilities include Broadband Internet access underfloor Heating. Large Sitting Room / Parlour (with open fireplace and safe electric fire), 2 colour TVs and Video Cassette Recorder. Fully Fitted Kitchen, Dishwasher, Washing Machine and Dryer. Sleeps 6: Three Bedrooms (1 Double Bed / 1 Twin Bedded Room / 1 Single Bedroom/ Press Bed and 1 Cot). Bathroom and 2 Bedrooms Ensuite. Stereo / C.D. Player.

Landscaped garden, Patio and raised flowerbeds. Bed Linen and Towels supplied. Said to be Ireland's oldest thatched cottage, Abbeyview Cottage has recently been renovated to the highest standard. It has now been transformed into a Luxury 4 star home in an ideal central touring location.

The Old Rectory,
Co. Laois
+353 (0)57 86 46538

The Old Rectory nestles in the beautiful heart of the Irish countryside within an hour from Dublin in Co Laois, Ireland. Constructed in 1785, 'The Old Rectory' has been the home of the Deverell family since the 1950's. The Courtyard now houses two luxury apartments filled with the unique charm and character of Georgian Ireland and offers a reasonably priced 'stress free break' away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.


The Gandon Inn
New Inn, Emo, Co. Laois
057 8626622
This James Gandon designed prestigious premises dates back to 1750 and was originally an old coach house. Today The Gandon Inn boasts 10 ensuite bedrooms including our VIP suite which is complete with four-poster bed, steam room and Jacuzzi. Our beautiful Coolbanagher suite function room caters foe weddings and private parties. Our Four Courts Bar has a series of intimate nooks and crannies, where vintage memorabilia, wooden floors and stained glass create a warm and informal atmosphere. In our award winning Custom House Bar, the finest quality food is served daily from7am to 10pm. We here at the Gandon Inn will look after all your needs in a friendly and hospitable manner. The Gandon Inn is ideally located just off the M7 motorway (Dublin to Cork/Limerick), just take the exit marked 'Mountmellick, Portarlington'.

The Heritage Hotel,
Jessop Street,
Portlaoise, Co. Laois
057 8678588
The Heritage Portlaoise is rapidly establishing itself as a leading hotel in Ireland for all aspects of Conferencing, Leisure and Tourism - as a destination offering 110 luxury bedrooms, an array of bars and restaurants, dedicated Conference facilities, offering Broadband access. 5 Star Health and Leisure Club, Beauty Spa and a lot more. Sister property - The Heritage Golf and Country Club offering an 18 hole Championship Golf course along with an exclusive luxury hotel.

The Heritage at Killenard,
+353 (0)57 8645500

The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort is Ireland's premier lifestyle resort, featuring; a World Class Hotel with 98 Guest Rooms, a true Championship Golf Course. The Seve Ballesteros "Natural Golf School", The Leix 9-hole par 3 Academy Course, Resort Spa with 20 therapy rooms and a choice of over 70 wonderful treatments, The Heritage Spa Experience, a 7000 sq ft heating and cooling experience, Four Mile floodlit walking & jogging track, International Indoor and Outdoor Bowls, Health Club, Heritage Homes; 12 four bedroom self catering homes, On Course 2 bedroom luxury penthouse apartments An Underground tunnel linking the Hotel to Spa, Health Club and Club House Meeting, Conference and Exhibition Facilities, Helipad.

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Stage 2 -- From Carlow to Athy


Stage 3 -- From Athy to Kildare


Stage 4 -- Kildare to The Heath


Stage 5 -- From The Heath to Athy

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