A Bloomin’ Great Cycling Destination!

An area of unparalleled beauty with a perfect mix of wide forest paths, rolling hills, exciting single tracks, and quiet, twisty country roads, the Slieve Bloom Mountains provide some of the best places for cycling in Ireland.

Whether you are a beginner cyclist looking for a fun, adventurous day out in the beautiful countryside, or are an experienced mountain biker seeking a thrill through varying terrain blanketed by sprawling trees, the Slieve Bloom Mountains has the route for you.

Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Trails

Mountain biking in the Slieve Bloom Mountains

For more accomplished riders who want high-speed action, 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). There will eventually be 100km of biking tracks to explore on the Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Trail, so keep an eye on the site for new developments!

Road cycling

Road cycling in the Slieve Bloom Mountains

If you’re a beginner cyclist or looking to meander through the Slieve Bloom by bike at a more relaxed pace, there are plenty of flat-surfaced forest roads, which will ensure you take in many of the scenic highlights.

Slieve Bloom offers some very interesting trails for safe cycling, and trail accommodation and good food is available locally.

Mountain Bike Hire and Repair

The Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Centre offer guided mountain bike tours of Kinnitty and the Slieve Blooms, MTB Rental and Mountain Bike Core Skill lessons for beginners. Choose from a selection of Full-suspension, Hardtail or Electronic mountain bikes. All our Mountain Bike Leaders are qualified through Cycling Ireland and are certified Remote Emergency Care First Aid Responders, so you’re in safe hands.

  • Bloom E Riders, The Walk, Kinnitty Co Offaly R42 E722 Contact: Siobhan Cannon T:+353(0)87 3424274 E: info@bloomeriders.ie (Haibike Electric Mountain bike hire and sales)

  • Bike Repair/ Service / Old Forge Bicycle Service, Centre 5, Cappaneale Upper, Townparks, Birr, Co. Offaly, R42 WK84 T: +353 (0)86 358 0978