Emo Court and Gardens are a must if you are visiting Portarlington.    Located only a few miles from the town,  you can pass a pleasant few hours ambling around the extensive gardens.   There are formal areas of garden and lawns,  but also informal walks through wooded areas,  where plants and trees are often labelled, so you know what you are seeing.  There is also a large lake, with duck and swans...  a favourite for children.   Tours of the house can be arranged,   but for more detailed information, visit the website: http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/midl....  There are tea-rooms at Emo Court,   and picnic tables in the car-park area.