03 Dec Abbeylix, County Laois
This is a very pleasant town in the midlands of Ireland.
You are very likely to pass through on your tours of Ireland.
The Cistercian Abbey, after which the town was named, has long since disappeared.
But you can see clearly the work carried out by an improving landlord, Viscount de Vesci, in the 18th century.
He had the whole town rebuilt around new tree-lined streets, several with elegant Georgian houses.
Most visitors are in Abbeylix for the angling on the river Nore.
Just West of the town is the Viscounts old home – Abbeyleix House (spelt differently to the town name)
At Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours we like to stop at Morrisseys Bar to soak up the atmosphere in a grocers/pub that hasn’t changed much in fifty years.