Slieve Bloom MountainsCounty Laois and County Offaly.
The Slieve Bloom Mountains are predominantly in County Laois although the border with Offaly runs through them. Access to the mountains and the most popular attractions is easiest by following the M7 past Portlaoise to the town of Mountrath which is located at the foot of the mountains. From here it is very easy to follow the mountain road over "the Cut" to Clonaslee a small village nestled in the mountains.
Glenbarrow waterfalls are located just a few miles from Clonaslee and there are a many scenic walks to and from the falls. There is a significant population of red grouse in the hills.
Glen Monicknew picnic and viewing areas are located on the road from Mountrath to Clonaslee and again there are walks which can be undertaken in the area.
The mountains are in the centre of Ireland, south of the Bog of Allen, Banagher and Tullamore, County Offaly, east of the River Shannon and west of Portlaoise,the principal town of County Laois. The western edge of the Slieve Bloom mountains is in the north of County Tipperary, near Roscrea.
The Slieve Bloom, along with the Massif Central in France, are the oldest mountains in Europe; they were once also the highest at 3,700m. Weathering has reduced them to 527m. On a clear day, one can see the high points of the four ancient provinces of Ireland.
Arderin527 m (1,729 ft)
Stillbrook Hill514 m (1,686 ft)
Baunreaghcong511 m (1,677 ft)
Wolftrap Mountain487 m (1,598 ft)
Barcam484 m (1,588 ft)
Ridge of Capard483 m (1,585 ft)
Carroll's Hill482 m (1,581 ft)
Farbreague430 m (1,411 ft)
Castleconor407 m (1,335 ft)
Garraunbaun406 m (1,332 ft)
Hill WalkingWalk across the many trails
GlenbarrowWalks include a 4km walk along the River Barrow taking in the Glenbarrow Waterfall and the 10km Old Mill Loop
KinnittyWAlks include a 4km loop through Kinnitty forest passing Kinnitty Castle and the 8km Glinsk Castle loop
CadamstownWalks include the 7km Silver River nature trail, the 8km Paul's Lane Loop and the 14km Giants Grave loop
ClonasleeWalks include the 8km Brittas Loop and the 6km Ricket's Rock Loop