Cycling in the Blooms

 21 Sep 2020

Bike Week takes place from the 19th to the 27th September 2020. A variety of bike week activities are being delivered by local clubs, groups, organisations and schools.

Looking for a leisurely cycle or something a bit more challenging, check out: -

1. Road cycling in the Slieve Blooms

There are plenty of flat-surfaced forest roads, which will ensure you take in many of the scenic highlights. One such highlight is The Cut at an elevation of 430 metres in the Slieve Bloom and located on the mountain road between Mountrath and Clonaslee. The Cut is an ideal area to park up and have a picnic, and offers an incredible viewpoint, overlooking the valley of Glendineoregan and across Offaly.

2. Mountain biking in the Slieve Blooms
There are currently 35km of new mountain bike trails (MTB), with trailheads at Kinnitty and Baunreagh. These trails, which are waymarked in one direction and designed specially for mountain bike use, vary in difficulty. They range from the grade trails: ‘blue’ (moderate, with some single-track sections) to ‘red’ (difficult / severe, with challenging climbs and tricky descent).

The trails have been developed by Coillte in partnership with Offaly and Laois County Councils and are funded by the Dept of Rural and Community Development.

There will eventually be 100km of biking tracks to explore on the Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Trail.

Not sure where you're going, take a guided cycling tour around the Slieve Bloom area.

For more information on cycling in the Blooms, check out