A recent review on the Slieve Bloom Way - "Did this trail a month and a half ago. I enjoyed this trail so much that I think to do it again. Saw many wild animals during the way. My personal favourite place was Silver River near to Cadamstown. All trail is well signed and it's almost impossible to get lost even without map". See more at http://www.irishtrails.ie/Trail/Slieve-Bloom-Way/30/
Offaly and Laois at the heart of Ireland welcomes all visitors to the enormous tracts of wilderness, expanses of bogland, esker hills, mountains and deep wooded valleys. This is a historic land with a rich tradition of myths, fables and legends which are still celebrated to this day. Situated in both Laois and Offaly the picturesque Slieve Bloom Mountains allow visitors to experience to explore the largest continuous area of upland blanket bog and forestry in Ireland. Mountain streams and waterfalls run into deep wooded valleys and friendly villages nestle at the foothills. Trees, shrubs, heather, bog mosses, bog cotton and other vegetation as well as wild forest animals and insects surround the mountains and offer a great experience to the leisurely stroller or energetic hiker. Choose from the variety of walks; eco trails, short and long loops, forest paths and the Slieve Bloom Way.
Walking is truly the best way to fully absorb the beauty of the county. A network of quiet country roads and lanes will take you into the heart of County Laois and Offaly where you are offered some of Ireland's most beautiful and extraordinary landscapes. Our motto in Laois and Offaly is Walk a While - Stay a While so when you do visit please try and do both, it promises to be a truly great experience that you won't forget.
Our lively towns and villages offer friendly greetings, a fantastic range of accommodation from self catering, friendly B&B's to modern and luxury hotels. Both Laois and Offaly are easily accessible by road, rail, river and canal so why not visit.
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