Fossey Mountain Springs
Located 14.8km from the hotel or 18 minutes by car and just outside the beautiful scenic area of Timahoe, this Western Riding Ranch was dreamt up by Mick La Cumbre who has a passion for horses.
Trail riding and horse-riding lessons are available for all levels. Anyone without previous riding experience can avail of the scenic trail rides and all rides are supervised by an experienced guide. The ranch takes guests on a trail across the scenic wooded landscape from one hour to eight hours. Fossey Mountain Springs Ranch is open 9.00am – 9.00pm 7 days a week. To book, call 057 862 7320.
This scheduled boat trip commences on Wednesday the 4th of July and operates every Wednesday and Sunday during July and August. Silverline Cruises “River Queen” has a fully licensed bar and live commentary provided by the friendly captain on board.
Kilvahan Horse Drawn Carriages
Award-winning horse-drawn carriage holidays give you the opportunity to step outside the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Kilvahan Horse Drawn Carriages provides the opportunity for guests to take a break from the real world and find themselves again in the beauty of the Irish Midlands. Include Pat-zoo, pony ride, trekking in the Slieve Bloom Mountains, carriage tours and Castle Banquets. Located 20km from the hotel, close to the village in Coolrain in the Slieve Bloom Mountains, enjoy the freedom of the countryside, travel between rural farmhouses or stop off at a country pub for a lively session, the choice is yours.
Mondello Park is 57km from Maldron Hotel Portlaoise or 39 minutes by car on the M7 Motorway.
Mondello Park is Ireland’s only permanent international motorsport venue. The circuit has grown from 1.28km (0.8 miles) circuit to a 3.5km (2.4 miles) FIA licenced international race track. Mondello Park offers a wide range of events and activities, including motor racing courses, entertainment, car and bike tracks, plus activities including motor racing experiences, corporate entertainment, team building, conferencing along with learner driver programmes and much more. If you are travelling from Cork, Kerry, Limerick or Clare and looking for a place to stay before travelling on the Mondello Park, Maldron Hotel Portlaoise is the ideal stop off on the M7. Call us on 057 869 5900 for more information.
Emo Court & Gardens
Located 17 minutes by car or 16.9km via the M7 motorway, Emo Court was designed in 1790 by the architect James Gandon for the Earls of Portarlington. Located in Emo, Co. Laois, the house is surrounded by beautiful gardens and parkland which were first laid out in the 18th century and contain formal lawns, a lake and woodland walks with fine trees and shrubs. Passing through several owners during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the house and gardens were taken into ownership by the Irish State in the 1990’s.
It is now managed by the Office of Public Works and open to visitors all year round. Enjoy the mile-long Wellingtonia Avenue, flanked by giant sequoia trees planed in 1853 or take a walk around the lakeside loop which was recently completed. Keep an eye out for Irish Red Squirrels which are native to the estate and rare birds such as Buzzards and Egrets. There’s a visitor car park to the side of the house and once you stop here, you can enjoy 35 hectares of landscaped grounds with woodland walks and a 20-acre lake. Emo Court has become extremely popular with visitors to the hotel and an opportunity to relax in the countryside while escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The grounds are open from 8.30am daily with last entrance at 4.30pm. Tea/coffee and light snacks are available from CaToCa’s takeaway unit located outside the tearooms. For guests in the hotel, enjoy 10% off in the café.
During 2021, guided tours of the grounds are available daily. The house at Emo Court is currently under renovations and will remain closed until 2022.