South Laois Bike Tour is a 15.4 mile loop trail located near Durrow, County Laois, Ireland. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking.

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Take a bicycle around this memorable countryside trail. Affectionately known as the 'Elephant and Castle Trail'. Why the curious name? Well if you look closely enough at the outline of the route, you'll notice that it resembles an elephant's head complete with a trunk! Experience the chance to ride a High Nelly bicycle through some rolling countryside that skirts along the Laois/Kilkenny border. Take in two of the most original museums in the country with two of the most charismatic curators you'll ever meet. Stop and see one of the best known holy wells in the country and marvel at one of the best gardens up in Heywood House. On top of that, you'll be riding through forests, over the Nore river (several times in fact) and taking an outdoor swim into a bygone age that you'll long to return to after the cycling ends.

Durrow village website http://www.durrowvillage.com navigatourâ„¢ Licence agreement http://www.navigatour.ie/Licence.html Castle Durrow website http://www.castledurrow.com Durrow High Nelly Club's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Durrow-High-Nelly-Club-Darmagh-ua-Nduach-Cumann-Nellie/17176131955253 South Laois Tourism http://www.southlaois.com/ Laois Partnership http://laoispartnership.ie

Enjoy this app offline with the EveryTrail Pro app. Ensure you're in good health and are wearing a high visibility jacket - there are lots of hills after Ballinakill you'll be climbing up. It goes without saying that we ride on the left hand side of the road in Ireland and all turns left and right need to be clearly indicated by hand. Best to enjoy the ride in company - ride safely and enjoy this unique journey. Ensure you bring a bathing costume and a towel for the swim in Ballinakill outdoor pool.

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