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Walking in the Slieve Bloom Mountains

Slieve Bloom Mountains - a walkers paradise

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The undiscovered walkers paradise in the Heart of Ireland

Unlike the mountains on the west coast of Ireland, or the Wicklow Mountains, the Slieve Blooms remain largely unknown to the vast majority of hill walkers. But to those in the know, they are a real hidden treasure.

If you enjoy undpoilt wilderness, and a sense of being alone with nature, then you are in for a treat. You could walk all day in the Slieve Bloom Mountains, even on a summer Sunday, and not meet another person. While there are many challanging trails and routes, the Slieve Blooms are not very high - the highest point, Ard Erin, being only 527m high. Thus they are suited to walkers of all grades and ages. Provided sensible precautions are taken, they offer a safe haven for committed walkers.

Locals, of course, know of the joys of walking in the Slieve Blooms and there are 2 active walking clubs. The Slieve Bloom Walking Club, organised by the Slieve Bloom Development Co-operative Society, holds walks every Sunday from May - November. These walks are open to non-members (fee: €5 per walk) and there is also a Walking Festival on the May Bank Holiday Weekend.

The second club is the Ardara Hill Walking Club, who also welcome visitors on the Sunday walks - see their website for details.

There are a number of mapped and way-marked walks around the mountains, most of which are detailed below (courtesy of Laois Co. Co. and Offaly Co. Co.).

For more details of way-marked walks, please click on the links below:-

For the serious walkers who would like to benefit from the local knowledge of an experienced walker in the Slieve Bloom Mountains, the following Guides can be booked to tailor walks to your specific requirements:-

John Scully   +353 (0) 57 864 8629 or +353 (0) 86 240 5187
Email: alanscully60@hotmail.com
Mick Dowling   +353 (0) 87 4106493