Slieve Bloom Mountains, Kinnitty

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The Slieve Bloom Mountains are a mountain range in Ireland. They rise from the central plain of Ireland to a height of 527 metres. While not very high, they are extensive by local standards. The highest points are Arderin at the southwestern end of the range and Baunreaghcong at the end of the Ridge of Capard.The Slieve Bloom Mountains stretch from near Roscrea in the south west to Rosenallis in the north west forming a link between County Laois and County Offaly. Access to the mountains and the most popular attractions is easiest by taking Exit 18 off the M7 for Mountmellick and following the R422 for Rosenallis, Clonaslee, Cadamstown, and Kinnitty. There are 3 routes which cross the mountain. From Clonaslee here it is very easy to follow the mountain road over 'the Cut' towards Mountrath. From Kinnitty take the road from the centre of the village opposite the Catholic Church past Longford Church to Glendine Gap near Ard Erin the highest point in the mountain. For some splendid views turn left onto the R440 towards Kinnitty one of the small villages nestled at the foot of the mountains.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Beautiful scenic walk waterfall so peaceful only downfall is the trails are all uphill with loads of steps rocks not very accessible if u have a disability or not fit  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    An area introduced to you early in the walk by the serene silence hanging over the valley. There is lots of slopes within the forested area and high rise walks which the trails go along intersecting a...  more »
  • July 28, 2017
    Slieve Bloom is a relatively large area, and think we should put a little into what it is you want to experience before you just run. Otherwise you end up quickly with just to run at random, and maybe not get the good experiences as the area has to offer. We went for a walk in the mountains along a path, an area with nice views to the pine forest (see picture)-fun experience it was when we ended up going into the clouds on the way back:) Glenbarrow Waterfall also had a really beautiful walk to offer. First through pine forest with many trees, the images are sparse visually, it really must be experienced! The waterfall was also nice. And so we chose otherwise the short walk around (7 km), which went through the grass area, gravel path and into the coniferous forest again. Established good hiking routes in the area where there are reservations for rain, so it doesn't slide:)
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While many visitors come to see the alluring monastic city of Clonmacnoise, travelers to County Offaly should consider spending time in some of its overlooked towns, including Tullamore and Birr, because Clonmacnoise does not offer a lot of places to stay. Spend the night at a traditional bed and breakfast in the county's biggest town, Tullamore, or head to a hotel or guesthouse in Birr for a chance to experience authentic Irish nightlife. As with many small towns in Ireland, staying in the center of town is your best bet.
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