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Visit Timahoe Round Tower, Donaghmore Workhouse and Agricultural Museum, Castlecomer Craft Yard, Discovery Park, Heywood Gardens, (All 15min drive from the Cottage) For more details visit Laois Tourism website .www.laoistourism.ie/?
Visit Dunmore Caves, Kilkenny Castle, Nicholas Mosse Pottery, Jerpoint Abbey, , Jerpoint Glass. ( All 30min drive from the Cottage) For details visit www.visitkilkenny.ie
Visit the world famous Cashel ‘The Rock of Cashel’ in the picturesque town of Cashel (50 mins drive from the Cottage). For details visit www.cashel.ie
If Angling is your thing, Co Laois offers a plethora of nearby locations and fish types for game and coarse anglers. Species of fish to be caught include salmon, wild brown trout, pike, tench, rudd, bream, eel, and perch.
The River Barrow’s headwaters have been the birthplace of millions of salmon and trout since time immemorial.
The River Nore and its tributaries are a delight to fish as they flow east through Castletown and on to Durrow before taking a southerly course for the Waterford coastline. It is a noted dry-fly fishery with good stocks of brown trout . Also Lake Fishing in Castlecomer Lakes, Ballinakill Lakes and Stradbally Lake. All 10min drive from Tulip Cottage.
Abbeyleix Golf Club (10mins drive from the Cottage) The 18 hole course at Abbeyleix is fast developing a reputation as one of the best courses in the midlands. Designed by the well known Golf Architect Mel Flanigan, the 18 hole layout will prove a fair test of Golf for players of all categories.
The old 9 hole course was recognised as one of the best 9 hole courses in the country and now having obtained an adjacent piece of rolling terrain which contains many specimen mature trees, the 18 holes ensures enjoyable golf with many scenic views.
A famous feature of the old course at Abbeyleix was the beautiful soil based greens, as well as retaining the old greens, all the new greens are again soil based giving a consistency
Castlecomer Golf Club (15mins drive from Tulip Cottage) Set in a 200 year old forest, Castlecomer's course provides a great test of golf combined with breathtaking views of the local terrain. With the development of this course completed in 2003, it is clear to everyone at Castlecomer Golf Club that Pat Ruddy has designed a unique Golf Course.
The Cottage is 45mins (approx) from the quaint Midlands village on Moneygall, the Ancestral home of US President Barack Obama.