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Slieve Bloom Mountain Biking

For an amazing mountain biking challenge check out the new Slieve Bloom Mountain Biking trails. You won’t be disappointed. Ardmore Country House is the perfect place to stay in the village of Kinnitty which is one of the mounatin biking trailheads in the Slieve Blooms

 

The Trails

 

The Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike trails are a new addition to the great outdoor experience in the Slieve Blooms. These trails are a network of purpose-built singletrack trails and forest roads that are designed for use by mountain bikes on waymarked circular routes.

There are two trailheads, one at Kinnitty which starts in the village and the other at Baunreagh. The routes are graded blue (moderate) and red (difficult/severe).

 

At present there are 35K of loop trails completed at Kinnitty, one blue trail and 2 more challenging red trails. When complete, there will be more than 80kms of trails ranging from blue to black grade through vast swathes of beautiful forest and open land with fantastic views over Kinnitty Castle, the village and beyond. Forest road climbs lead you into tight twisty single track with loads of fast descents, ups and downs, tight turns and technical rocky bits, guaranteed to leave you breathless and smiling.

 

Facilities at Ardmore Country House  for bikers include secure lock up storage, bike wash facilities and drying room. Check here  to book. Bike hire is available on the premises  at Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Centre We are just across the road from the Slieve Bloom Bar where they make some great craft beers.

TRAIL MAP

This is a challenging trail throughout as the trails vary from fast and flowing to tight, technical and rocky, with numerous difficult sections along the route. The trail constantly twists and turns and rises up and down. This trail tests all a riders skills and abilities and is not for novice riders (red grade trail).

 

Over half of the loop is singletrack and these sections are narrow, sometimes steep and up to 800mm in width, with variable surfaces including rock, roots, mud, loose stones and gravel that may become slippery when wet. The singletrack also crosses walking trails and forest roads at a number of points so watch out for walkers here. The remainder of the loop is on forest roads and you should expect to encounter vehicles and other forest users at any time on these parts of the loop.

 

The trail is quite exposed on the upper slopes and can be very windy in poor weather. Please make sure your mountain bike is in good working order and that you have an appropriate level of fitness and skill level to undertake these trails. All riders should be appropriately dressed and wear a helmet at all times. Please ride with consideration for the many other forest users and control your speed.

 

Trail Information:

Trail Name: Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Trail (Laois)
Start/Finish Point: Baunreagh Car Park
Length: 6km
Time: 60 to 90 minutes
Degree of Difficulty: Difficult/Severe
Meters Climb: 170
Trail Waymarking: Red

Customer Reviews

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  • star rating  Ardmore House is an absolutely fantastic place to stay in a great location along the Slieve Bloom Mountain Trail. The price was really affordable and great value for money. ... read more

    Wolfpackwalkers
    19 July 2022

    star rating  I stayed here overnight for an adventure race in the village. I had a warm Irish welcome on arrival with a cup of tea and a wee cake. ... read more

    Liam F
    20 August 2019

    star rating  Location was good for the event we were attending at the Castle; room was large and spacious. Water pressure in the shower is great! However: cleanliness in parts was not... read more

    itscococ
    7 August 2022
  • star rating  With 4 friends we stayed 4 nights while walking the Slieve Blooom Way. Even before we arrived Chris ensured our stay would be trouble-free, giving us information... read more

    Anne H
    23 July 2022

    star rating  This place is magic! Chris is amazing, knowledgeable and fun. We were only here for one night and wish we had stayed for more. It was clean,... read more

    kelleyschuler
    23 October 2019

    star rating  Recently stayed with Chris in her beautiful b&b while attending a nearby wedding. So friendly & accommodating. House and rooms were beautiful, bed very comfortable and water pressure in shower... read more

    skelly111111
    1 August 2022
  • star rating  This was our fourth and final B & B and by far the best! Chris is the definition of a hostess. She welcomes you into her home and offers you... read more

    1018heathero
    25 October 2019

    star rating  We stayed with Chris at this beautiful guest house . From the moment we arrived we were pleasantly greeted by the hostess who was more than welcoming.
    Chris is... read more

    siobhans919
    2 June 2021

    star rating  Arrived here completely wet, but it was nice and well-organised. Nice breakfast, also very pleasant and decent lady. The building itself is quite well-maintained, with a beautiful virginia creeper all... read more

    CorkFergal
    3 August 2020
  • star rating  Chris and her home are WONDERFUL. She is most hospitable and the home retains all of its historical character...but provides guests with modern amenities. Breakfast was fantastic as... read more

    932richg
    10 June 2022

    star rating  I had a wonderful stay here for a friend's wedding at nearby Kinnitty Castle. Chris made me feel very welcome and my room was super clean, comfortable and quiet. The... read more

    el_hayward
    19 July 2022

    star rating  The owner is helpful and kind. This is not the place to come if you expect luxury and a grand abbey or manor. The home is well kept, the food... read more

    galofmanycities
    12 July 2022
  • star rating  Myself and 2 friends stayed 6 days in this lovely home. We were impressed the moment we arrived. Our room was roomy, even with 3 beds, lovely antiques, beds and... read more

    retiredfa68
    29 September 2019

    star rating  Beautiful house with all the facilities required for a one-night stay. Christine was such a lovely host and provided great recommendations. Also provided us with tea and cake on arrival.... read more

    nahnum
    3 August 2022

    star rating  Hi we had a fabulous stay with Chris in her beautiful B&B .
    The lovely gardens and rooms made our stay very enjoyable, Chris couldn't do enough for us... read more

    Exploration325280
    30 August 2021
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