Renting a Car in Portlaoise
CARHIRE.ie provides low cost Portlaoise car rentals from a location on the outskirts of the town, from here you can either venture into the historical town or join close by major roadways to the likes of Dublin, Galway, Cork or Limerick. Renting a car in Portlaoise gives you the freedom and flexibility to explore the rich history of the countryside or travel further afield on a tour of Ireland. All rental cars for Portlaoise booked through CARHIRE.ie are serviced by Europcar.
CARHIRE.ie Price Promise
CARHIRE.ie is a discount car rental company, offering the cheapest rental rates on the market in Ireland. To prove this, CARHIRE.ie offer customers a price promise. Should you find the same rental car from another car rental company in Ireland for less, CARHIRE.ie will match the price and beat it by 10% of the difference!
CARHIRE.ie offers customers a huge selection of different types of cars and vans available to hire. Whether you are looking for a van rental to move house, or a car to tour around Ireland, CARHIRE.ie has the vehicle for you.
Our depot is located along R445, just north-east of the town centre. Once you have picked up the rental car, it only takes about five minutes to drive into the town proper. There is a service station next to the depot, making it easy to fill up the petrol tank. From there, simply drive along R445 to the N80 and enter Portlaoise.
Portlaoise Tourist Information
Portlaoise is the prominent town in County Laois and is chock full of things to do while being the ideal base from which to explore the rich history and natural beauty in the area. The town itself is a vibrant place with a range of pubs and restaurants to suit any taste. Portlaoise is the regional focus for shopping, throughout the town you'll find memorable high street brands as well as independent stores selling unique Irish produce. There's plentiful accommodation options found in and around the town from hotels to B&BS. The surrounding villages each offer a different experience as well as locally ran stores offering truly unique gifts.
County Laois' central position made it an extremely important strategic position throughout history as invading forces attempted to hold back the native western forces. There’s said to be over a thousand historical sites found throughout the Laois countryside so there's more than enough to keep the biggest history buff interested. The landscape and natural scenes alone are a reason to visit this area of the country, sprawling green hills offer fantastic views of running rivers and dense forests. There's a multitude of signed walking trails that take you through the countryside passing by many of the historical attractions found throughout the land. The Slieve Bloom Mountains offer a majestic background and are highly recommended to avid hikers and leisurely strollers alike, it's also possible to take many of the mountain trails on horseback, a wonderful experience not easily forgotten.
The Rock of Dunamase is about 10 minutes from Portlaoise and it is here you'll find ruins atop a hill offering views as far as the eye can see. This rocky outcrop that towers over the surrounding land has been used as a defensive position since the 9th century. Following the Norman Invasion in the 12th century a fortification was built here and soon became the most important Anglo-Norman fort in all of Laois. Throughout the years the fort was continually updated until it was eventually destroyed by the Cromwellian generals Hewson and Reynolds in 1651. Although these ruins are a shadow of what was it's easy to imagine the once mighty structure as you look out from the top of the hill.
In the nearby village of Timahoe you'll find one of the best example of a round tower in Ireland. This structure was once used by the resident monks to protect precious artefacts, in taking refuge from raiding forces and as a beacon to travellers journeying to the monastery. The tower stands 30 metres tall, has walls 2 metres thick and an impressive cap that was rebuilt in the 19th century.
In 1790 the first Earl of Portarlington enlisted the services of the architect James Gandon to build him a residence. Gandon built a stunning neo-classical building now known as Emo Court which features beautiful gardens. The house and gardens are open to visitors and is the perfect way to find some tranquillity and free yourself of stress. Emo Court House and Gardens are a mere 15 minute drive from Portlaoise and are well worth a visit during your time in County Laois.
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Whether you are hiring a car to discover the vast history and scenic of County Laois, or travel to the major cities of Ireland, CARHIRE.ie can offer low cost car rental from Portlaoise. By renting a car you have the freedom and flexibility to follow your own compass on your own schedule.
Portlaoise Car Hire
Portlaoise Pick Up Location:
Picking up your rental car at the CARHIRE.ie’s Portlaoise depot is easy. It is located along R445, just north-east of the town centre. Once you have picked up the rental car, it only takes about five minutes to drive into the town proper. There is a service station next to the depot, making it easy to fill up the petrol tank. From there, simply drive along R445 to the N80 and enter Portlaoise.
Returning Your Car Rental:
To return your CARHIRE.ie rented car, you will receive a return map and written directions when you pick up your Car.