Welcome to Slieve Bloom Mountains!
The gentle rolling hills of the The Slieve Bloom Mountains rise from the central plains of Ireland, forming a natural link between Counties Laois and Offaly. Their central location makes the Slieve Bloom area an ideal base for visitors wishing to make trips to other parts of Ireland.
The Slieve Bloom Mountains are among the most unspoilt and least explored areas in Ireland. They are surrounded by a necklace of villages, each one a gem. Spend a while in Kinnitty, Clonaslee, or any of villages, and it is like stepping back in time, to an era when life moved at a much slower pace. These are places where people will take the time to talk to you, where tourists are not so common and where the locals will have a genuine interest in you.
|The Beautiful Clamphole Waterfalls,Glenbarrow
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Slieve Bloom Mountains
The Real Ireland
To experience the real Ireland, forget the tourist clogged roads of the West Coast or the teeming metropolis of Dublin. Venture down the bye roads around the Slieve Blooms and discovered the unspoilt Ireland. When traditional music is played in the pubs, it is played for the locals by the locals, with visitors more than welcome to join in. You won't find 'plastic Paddies' or loudspeakers on the outside of pubs blaring 'traditional' music at you!
To quote the 2012 edition of Lonely Planet: "..the area is "rarely explored" by those on their first visit to Ireland and therefore is "wonderfully free of tour buses and souvenir stalls"
Explore the mountains, by foot, bicycle, horse or car. The Slieve Bloom Mountains are a Hill Walkers paradise. The mountains are not so high as to be dangerous, yet are not so low that they can still provide a challenge to every grade of walker. There are a wide choice of looped walks, long distance way-marked walks or simply take to the hills with a good map and compass. We also have organised walks every week, led by experienced local guides who are only too willing to share their knowledge of the mountains.
The quiet country roads around the Slieve Bloom Mountains are perfect for cyclists, with 3 roads crossing over the mountains offering a more strenuous challenge. Plans are at an advanced stage to establish a mountain-bike trail, be sure to check back for updates.
The quiet country roads are also great for a leisurely drive accross the mountains with unparalelled views accross the midlands. It is said that you can see half the counties in Ireland from the top of the Slieve Blooms. Or wander around the foothills of the mountains, visiting the quaint villages, taking your time to stop along the way.
What are you waiting for - come now and discover all that you have been missing!
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List of Slieve Bloom walks with details of meeting point, length, duration, time, etc
Details of Looped Walks in the Slieve Bloom area, including detailed map of each walk.
Hill Walking - Slieve Blooms
Hill Walking with local guides
We have a choice of organised hill walks every weekend with knowledgeable local guides who explore the best routes of the mountains, with a variety of different grades from easy to strenuous.
The Slieve Blooms offer a great choice of looped walks from 5 different trail heads, with maps, detailed directions and information
Slieve Bloom in the media
Discover the many ways you can enjoy the Slieve Bloom mountain range on this RTE Special coverage
Slieve Bloom in the media
|Listen to a narrative on Slieve Bloom mountains in this Podcast (mp3)|