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County Laois

Sixth section of Slieve Bloom Way

The sixth part of the Slieve Bloom Way starts from Glenkeen and allows walkers to enjoy the sights and sounds of the surrounding area in a relaxed manner all the way to The Cut. County Laois is home to this part of the walking trail in the eastern region of Ireland in the province of Leinster. This part of the walking trail is pretty easy to traverse and extends to a relatively short distance of about six and a half kilometres. This trail is 175 metres high at its highest point. Since the distance to be covered is relatively short, it will take most walkers only about two and half hours of steady paced walking to complete this walking route. Walkers will encounter forest road throughout this part of the walking trail. There are wet patches on the General’s Road so care should be exercised while walking there. The whole route is characterized by forested area all the way to the end of this section. Walkers will appreciate the panoramic views available over Glendine O Regan.

Fifth section of Slieve Bloom Way

The fifth section of the Slieve Bloom Way takes walkers on a splendid walking experience that starts at Coolcreen and ends at Glenkeen. This route is easy to traverse so walkers won’t face much difficulty here. This part of the walking trail is in County Laois in the eastern region of Ireland in the province of Leinster. Walkers can enjoy a relaxing walk of almost ten kilometres on this trail. 150 metres is the highest point walkers will have to climb on this route. About three and a half hours will be required to complete this trail. A small part of this route includes walking by the riverside. The climbs on this route are not too steep. Walkers will marvel at the sheer beauty of the path through Coolcreen. Hazel woodland along the Silver River is particularly stunning. This part of the Slieve Bloom Way is probably the most pleasant on the entire walking trail. There are great views to be enjoyed from Spink Mountain. Giants Grave in Glenkeen is a popular tourist attraction that definitely warrants a visit.

Second section of Slieve Bloom Way

The second part of the Slieve Bloom Way starts at Monicknew and ends at Glendine Gap. This section is also located in County Laois in the eastern region of the province of Leinster. This walking route is moderately difficult to complete. Walkers can expect to traverse a distance of about thirteen and a half kilometres on this walking path. The highest point on this trail rises as much as four hundred metres. This route is a bit long and difficult so walkers will need to spend almost six hours walking in order to get to the end of this route. Most parts of this walking route are rough and wet so care is needed while walking here. Baunreagh House located on this route is worth visiting to get a sense of the heritage and culture of this area. A beautiful shimmering lake on open moorland to the west of the route near Gorteenameale invites walkers and tourists to enjoy the sight of its sparkling expanse.

Slieve Bloom Way

The Slieve Bloom Way is a circular walking trail that extends over a long distance of almost seventy seven kilometres. This walking path has been divided into seven sections for the convenience of the walkers. Each section takes about half a day to complete. Since this path is circular, the trail starts at Glenbarrow and ends back at the starting place. The first path of this walking trail begins at Glenbarrow and ends at Monicknew. This section of the walking path is located in County Laois in the eastern region of the province of Leinster. This walking route is moderately difficult so walkers, especially the beginners and amateurs, can expect to face some difficulties during their trek on this route. This part of the walking route stretches over a distance of about eleven kilometres. The highest point on this route is about 225 metres high. Walkers should be able to complete this route in about four and a half hours. Breathtaking views of the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains can be witnessed from the ridge of Capard and Stoney Man. The River Barrow arising in the Slieve Blooms happens to rank second on the basis of its length among rivers in Ireland. A magnificent high stone arch bridge awaits walkers over the Glen River at Monicknew.

Traditional Farm Hostel

Traditional Farm Hostel in Portlaoise is the perfect way to spend a cost effective vacation in County Laois. The hostel accommodations meet the Official Irish Tourist Board standards. The hostel provides ten comfortable en-suite bedrooms with the capacity to accommodate a total of thirty five guests. Double, twin and family rooms are available. Approved camping and parking facilities are available. Rooms for people with disabilities or wheelchair can be arranged. Full Irish breakfast, continental breakfast and evening meals can be ordered. The evening meal is a full four course dinner and must be booked in advance to ensure availability.