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Steeped in folklore as the home of fearless warrior Fionn MacCumhaill, ‘the Slieve Blooms’ is the jewel in our outdoors crown. Through a network of wonderful looped routes, walkers and hikers can marvel at Glenbarrow Waterfall, trek to the Ridge of Capard, and savour the spectacular natural beauty that surrounds.  The looped walks at Monicknew take in forest and open bog areas.

Slieve Bloom Looped Walks

A selection of twenty one marked walks ranging in length from one hour to four hours and varying degrees of difficulty. Choose your access point from one of five key trailheads which provide map-boards and car-parking as follows:

Trailhead 1 – Glenbarrow Carpark

Trailhead 2 – Brittas Wood.Entrance at Clonaslee Village

Trailhead 3 – Cadamstown Village Carpark

Trailhead 4 – Kinnitty Forest Entrance near Kinnitty Village

Trailhead 5 – Monicknew Forest Carpark

 

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Home of fearless warrior Fionn MacCumhaill

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Steeped in folklore as the home of fearless warrior Fionn MacCumhaill, ‘the Slieve Blooms’ is the jewel in our outdoors crown. Through a network of wonderful looped routes, walkers and hikers can marvel at Glenbarrow Waterfall, trek to the Ridge of Capard, and savour the spectacular natural beauty that surrounds.  The looped walks at Monicknew take in forest and open bog areas.

Slieve Bloom Looped Walks

A selection of twenty one marked walks ranging in length from one hour to four hours and varying degrees of difficulty. Choose your access point from one of five key trailheads which provide map-boards and car-parking as follows:

Trailhead 1 – Glenbarrow Carpark

Trailhead 2 – Brittas Wood.Entrance at Clonaslee Village

Trailhead 3 – Cadamstown Village Carpark

Trailhead 4 – Kinnitty Forest Entrance near Kinnitty Village

Trailhead 5 – Monicknew Forest Carpark

 

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Slieve Bloom Mountains, Glendine, County Laois, Ireland

Slieve Bloom Nature Reserve

Managed by the National Parks & Wildlife Service, the Slieve Bloom Mountains Nature Reserve is, at over 2,300 hectares, Ireland’s largest state-owned Nature Reserve. It was established in 1985, so that it could be managed in such a way as to ensure the conservation of the mountain blanket bog ecosystem. In addition, the Nature Reserve is designated a Ramsar Wetland Site and a Council of Europe Biogenetic Reserve. Much of the greater upland area has been designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). The primary interest of the SAC is mountain blanket bog. The Slieve Bloom Mountains are also designated a Special Protection Area (SPA), of special conservation interest for the hen harrier, a rare bird of prey.  For more information visit the National Parks and Wildlife Services.

Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Track

For a modern day adventure, look no further than our challenging mountain bike track at Baunreagh, near Mountrath. A less-demanding trail begins from the nearby village of Kinnitty and bike rental is on offer in the surrounding villages.  Click here for more information on the Mountain Bike Track.

Guided Tours

Whether walking or cycling, mountain guides armed with local knowledge can bring you on organised tours, helping you make the most of the mountains.  Check out The Slieve Bloom Walking Club or MidIreland Adventures to find out more.

December 2020

5th December @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Explore the mountain ranges of the midlands and Munster this autumn with Mid Ireland Adventure.