Welcome to the South Laois Tourism Website. South Laois/North Kilkenny the undiscovered Ireland situated a 20 minute drive from The Rock of Cashel and Kilkenny Castle. Our aim is to promote tourism throughout the areas of Durrow, Ballinakill, Abbeyleix, Ballyouskill, Ballyragget, Lisdowney, Gathabawn, Johnstown, Rathdowney, Erill, Donaghmore, Ballybrophy, Clough, Cullahill and Ballacolla.
The Cullahill/Gathabawn area is one of the undiscovered scenic areas in the country. The view from the Failte Ireland Approved Cullahill Mountain Walk and Guathabaun Loop is somethng to behold as seven counties can be viewed from this area. This area is also home to the McGiolla Phadraig Way Walk (Fitzpatrick Way Walk). Walkers can also avail of the Leafy Loop Walk which straddles Dunmore Wood and Bishops Wood (home to the alluvial wetlands). The walks at Heywood Gardens and the Mass Lough in Ballinakill area are also tourism treasures.
The south of Laois has a huge amount of waterways with the Goul, Erkina, Gully and Owenbeg Rivers all tributaries of the River Nore which continues its journey to the city of KIlkenny. These rivers are a paradise for fishermen and canoeists alike with Durrow, Cullahill and Ballinakill Anglers and the Woodenbridge Paddlers Canoe Club all active in the area. Granstown Lake and woods which are close to the village of Ballacolla is also a gem. The lake is regarded as one of the finest course fishing lakes in Europe while Gills pond in Ballinakill is also a renowned fishing destination.
With the assistance of Laois Partnership, Laois County Council and Failte Ireland South Laois also has six on road approved cycle trails ranging from 8 km to 48km. The area is also rich in history with many old houses, castles, mills and burial grounds dotted throughout. Tourists can also enjoy the many festivals staged in the area throughout the year. The region also possesses many restaurants, bars and guesthouses where tourists can relax and enjoy their stay. Find out more About Us.