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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Where to stay in County Offaly

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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  • So we came here as it was a walking festival and thought we would join in wandering up the mountains and seeing what central Ireland had to offer. Amazing views and stunningly scenic it wasn't. But ma...  more »
  • We drove out of the way to find this walk. The trails are not clearly marked. After choosing a path from the trail map, we walked 20 minutes to arrive at a fence across the path warning to go no furth...  more »
  • The Slieve Bloom Mountains and surround in area are covered with hiking trails. The trails are marked; but, we were told people do lose track and get lost. The terrain is easy going. The views are woo...  more »