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Things to do whilst visiting Killenard

There are so many fantastic reasons to visit Killenard!

Located in the beautiful, scenic Co Laois. Just a 1 hour drive from Dublin off the M7 motoray at junction 15, is the quaint village of Killenard.

Every day, there is an adventure waiting to happen in Laois. With its mountains, canals, forest trails, rivers & lakes, Laois is truly an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. But it is also a warm and welcoming place for the rest of us.

Rich in history, Laois has been home to the Vikings, Quakers, French Huguenots to name but a few. All have left their mark around the county making it a wonderful place to step back in time. Discover lavish country estates and woodlands, climb ancient castles and visit round towers. Explore our towns and villages and meet our most unrivalled treasure, our people, who are warm and friendly, and easy with a smile, always ready to let you in on the amazing local secrets.

Discover micro-breweries, distilleries and wonderful organic and artisan food producers with treats to tantalise your taste buds. A perfect base for discovering Ireland's Ancient East, it’s so close to everything. Spend your days exploring and at night retreat back to some of the most diverse and luxurious accommodation in Ireland. Enjoy the wonderfully paced Laois life and enjoy the best in food and entertainment.

Gandon designed Emo Court in 1790 for John Dawson, the First Earl of Portarlington. At the front of the house the Wellingtonia Avenue stretches for 1 mile. A beech walk behind the house leads to the nursery lake, which covers an area of 25 acres. Closer to the house there are formal lawns with a number of statues. Emo Court & Parklands is just a 10-minute drive from The Heritage and it’s the perfect place to go for a relaxing walk, cycle or to enjoy a picnic in their beautiful and picturesque gardens.

Rock of Dunamase

Spectacular views of the surrounding countryside make the towering Rock of Dunamase a strategic place to build a fortress. Through the centuries, warriors have fought to control this site. The Rock of Dunamase is a popular historic attraction found overlooking the valley of the O’Moores, just outside Portlaoise and only a 15 minute drive from The Heritage.

The farm has been the home of the Walsh family since 1639 and the current owners, David and Lisa Walsh-Kemmis, are the 13th generation of the family to live and work there. The company sells a range of craft beers from traditional lager, red ale and stout to more exotic Indian Pale Ales and canned beers. Each batch is made by hand on their copper-clad 1000 litre kit and bottled on site. The Heritage has its very own brewed beer by Ballykilcavan brewery called ‘Hunter’ experience this unique Laois Ale at Seven bar – Grown, Brewed & Poured in Laois.

Brewery Tours- Tours available on selected dates or by appointment.

50 acres of woodland, lakes and formal gardens including the sunken garden designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Heywood Gardens is the site of two garden types: the great park created by Frederick Trench in the late 1700s and the small interlocked formal gardens created by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll in the early 1900s. Perfect for a family day out. This is a beautifl place to spend an afternoon and admission is free. Heywood Gardens are a 35-minute drives from The Heritage.

Donaghmore Famine Workhouse Museum is a unique attraction in Co. Laois, Ireland and aims to tell the story of the families who lived and died within the Famine Workhouse walls before, during and after the Great Famine. The Museum uses guided and self-guided tours combined with various exibits to explain the socio-economic conditions which led to the establishment of this and other Workhouses. Visitors to the Museum will also enjoy an Agricultural Collection made up of a wide range of artefacts donated by local people, ranging from Farm Implements, household items and hand tools located in one of the two buildings that make up the Donaghmore Famine Workhouse Museum.

This is a network of purpose-built singletrack trails and forest roads that are designed for use by mountain bikes on waymarked circular routes. The routes are graded blue (moderate) and red (difficult/severe). This is the first phase of an extensive trail system being built in the Slieve Blooms. When complete, there will be more than 80kms of trails ranging from blue to black grade trails, complete with full trailhead facilities at Baunreagh and visitor services in Kinnitty village. The trails will cover a vast swathe of Coillte’s forests from Offaly to Laois and back.

Only 3km away is SOLAS Eco Garden Centre in Portarlington, which includes an indoor 22,000 sq. ft. garden shop, an outdoor food court, greenhouse, plant area and a farmers’ market – all built out of recycled 40ft containers.

Take boat trip on the Grand canal or river Barrow with as they cut through a landscape steeped in heritage. Trips are by booking only, are 1hr, 3hr or 5hr in duration and run throughout the Irish summer, April to October. Witness the wildlife that thrive in these unique environments and that have shared the waterways with man for hundreds of years. Be sure to bring your camera as you'll have the opportunity to capture some very unique views and remote areas of county Laois.

Explore the surrounding areas:

Shop till you drop at Kildare Village, one of 11 luxury shopping destinations in The Bicester CollectionTM across Europe and China. The Village is located just 15 minutes from The Heritage at junction 13. With 100 boutiques of leading fashion and lifestyle brands, Kildare Village offers previous seasons’ collections with savings of up to 60% on the recommended retail price, seven days a week and all year round. Guests who stay at The Heritage can enjoy an additional 10% off at Kildare Village with selected packages

The Irish National Stud’s Japanese Gardens, renowned throughout the world and the finest of their kind in Europe, are far more than simply a treat for the eye. They also provide comfort to the soul, achieving exactly the objective that was set out when the gardens were created between 1906 and 1910. Devised by Colonel William Hall Walker, a wealthy Scotsman from a famous brewing family, the gardens were laid out by Japanese master horticulturist Tassa Eida and his son Minoru. Their aim was, through trees, plants, flowers, lawns, rocks and water, to symbolise the ‘Life of Man’. That plan was executed to perfection and Eida’s legacy is now admired by the 120,000 visitors who soak up the peace of the gardens every year. This amazing attraction is just a short 20 minute drive from The Heritage, what a wonderful way to spend your day!

The Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre is a contemporary shopper's paradise, highly recommended on the tourist trail of Ireland's Ancient East. The Visitor Centre houses the complete range of Newbridge Silverware products and incorporates the award-winning Café Carleton, the famous Museum of Style Icons and the unique guided Factory Tour. The Museum houses fashion collections and artefacts which once belonged to some of the greatest style icons of modern times such as Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Grace, Princess Diana, the Beatles and many more.

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