Slieve Bloom Way is a 51.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Clonaslee, County Laois, Ireland that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

Length51.9 miElevation gain12,572 ftRoute typeLoop
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This famous Irish hike begins and ends at a trailhead in Glenbarrow. It is typically completed in four days. Beginning on the Ridge of Capard before heading down to the Monicknew Bridge, the hike then passes through tree laden hills in Gorteenameale before traversing an ancient route over the Glendine Gap below the impressive Arderin mountain. The trail then parallels the River Camcor before crossing the Silent River Valley, and then heading up Spink hill and down again into the Glenkeen Valley. Lastly, hikers will cross Glendineoregan and Knocknastumba to meet up with the River Barrow, which you will follow back to the trailhead.

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Lorea Nevin
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Lorea Nevin
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Ian Martin
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Started the walk in Clonaslee as it was the easiest and safest place to leave a car. Intention on Day 1 was to walk via Glenbarrow to Monicknew and camp for the night. We definitely missed a sign or it wasn't there about 6km outside Clonaslee as we added approx 2km onto the route. We also couldn't find the sign to take us to the bridge over the Barrow so instead made our own route through the young forest which eventually brought us to the top of the Glenbarrow waterfall so we crossed there. Only managed to arrive at Monicknew slightly after dark which put us under pressure to set up camp, this was mainly due to underestimating the Route of 32km, brilliant views of Leinster and Munster and the boardwalk on Capard was a godsend. Day 2 was a shorter planned walk to Kinnity as its a nice town to stop and resupply, it was approx 16km and although there was a lot of road walking there was also a nice forestry walk with a well received picnic bench shortly after leaving the road which was ideally placed for lunch. Camped close to Kinnity Castle and got a great coffee and bun in the Anti Social Cafe. Day 3 we finished off our walk starting early, 20km was our planned route as we skipped a couple of kms near Cadamstown as it was mainly road walking. Lots of wildlife to see as we left Kinnity and there was some lovely little areas especially as you crossed the 2 foot bridges halfway along. Finished the entire route completely rain free which was excellent for October, some rain during the night which didn't effect us. Excellent 3 days but might have been better to shorten the route on Day 1 and just the 2 locations between Clonaslee and Glenbarrow were the signs were a bit iffy

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R D
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Jerry Murphy
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Hi, a nice walk with great views nothing too strenuous.

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Trevor Nesirky
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Started at Glenbarrow and attempted to run the Slieve Bloom Way clockwise in under 12 hours. I came unstuck after falling coming into Clonaslee . It is a fantastic trail which is well marked and has outstanding views. I will back in the spring to have another go. The hardest bit is the long haul up from Cadamstown which seems to go on for an age. The start was beautiful with the mist rolling back to reveal many deer - the boardwalks make for a fast start.

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Colm Plunkett
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A long haul. Well signposted. The toughest part of The Slieve Bloom Way .

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Nathan Lodewyk
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good trail, needs plenty of time doing it with a full map

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Shannon Brooks
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Colm Plunkett
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A good December walk. Started before dawn...the reflective trail markers show up well in the dark from a good 100m away. A lot of black ice and a coating of snow on the road up out of Co. Laoise. Once in Of fly the rain started and never let up all the way to Cadamstown. Plenty of deer to be seen on the trail along with an odd pheasant.

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Helen Jones
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Stunning views from the top of the Ridge of Capard, the boardwalk makes the walk so much easier on our decent we took the trial down to Glenbarrow waterfall. Approximately a 10km loop in total. We met no one along the route so it’s really peaceful and quiet

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Declan Gorman
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Declan Gorman
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Declan Gorman
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Declan Gorman
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Declan Gorman
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Declan Gorman
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Declan Gorman
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Ibon Ibarrola
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Declan Gorman
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Declan Gorman
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Declan Gorman
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Paulius S
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Colm Plunkett
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Shannon Brooks
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Amith Showry
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Miriam Keegan
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Caroline Mooney
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