Rambles through County Laois.

County Laois, in the Irish midlands has been influenced by many cultures over several centuries including Vikings, Normans, Quakers and French Huguenots.

The county was known as Queen's County (Irish: Contae na Banríona) from 1556 until its name was informally changed on the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922. The county's name was formerly spelt as Laoighis and Leix.

One of the most prominent sights in County Laois is the Rock of Dunamase once a hill top fortress that resisted all attempts at siege from Vikings and Normans until Cromwell's troops sacked it in the 17th Century and left Dunamase to ruin.

County Laois offers many great sites to visit including Heywood Gardens, Rock of Dunamase, Timahoe Round Tower and the heritage villages of Durrow & Abbeyleix.