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Activities in Portlaoise

Portlaoise offers a quiet escape from city life in Dublin and is becoming increasingly popular as a weekend retreat destination. The activities scene here consists largely of outdoor sports such as golfing, fishing and cycling.

Here is a brief overview of the most popular visitor activities in Portlaoise:


Anglers are spoilt for choice around Portlaoise. The Laois Angling Centre is located in Coolrain, less than 3 miles off the N7. It features four spring-fed lakes backed by mature woodlands. Brown trout fishing is popular along the River Barrow, while there dozens of lakes in the region stocked with bream, rudd, roach and tench. Stop by an outfitter in Portlaoise for details on licensing and equipment hire.


There are several golf courses in the region. The most accessible is the Heath Golf Club Portlaoise. It is laid out on open heath land and features a pair of natural lakes. This course is often described as an ‘inland links’, and it is sufficiently challenging for players of any skill level. In addition to the links, the course includes a ten-pay driving range, clubhouse and lakeside putting green.


Touring Portlaoise on two wheels is a fantastic way to enjoy the city – especially on fair-weather summer days. The Slieve Bloom Mountains are a popular cycling destination thanks to a network of forestry trails and quiet roads. There is also a new mountain bike trail in the works. Stop by M Kavanagh Bicycle Hire on Railway Street for more information.


Portlaoise is not necessarily a shopping destination, though there are certainly several retail outlets in the city centre. The Laois Shopping Centre features modern department stores, boutiques, eating and drinking establishments and enough parking to accommodate 1,200 vehicles. Visitors are more likely to enjoy the Portlaoise farmer’s market which convenes on Market Square every Friday from 10:00 to 15:00. The market features fresh, local produce, cakes, artisanal cheeses and more.

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