South Laois Bike Tour

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South Laois Bike Tour is a 24.8 kilometer loop trail located near Durrow, Laois, Ireland. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking.

24.8 km
626 m


mountain biking


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.