Slieve Bloom MTB trails – Offaly
Welcome to the Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Trails. This is a network of purpose-built singletrack trails and forest roads that are designed for use by mountain bikes on waymarked circular routes. The routes are graded blue (moderate) and red (difficult/severe). This is the first phase of an extensive trail system being built in the Slieve Blooms. When complete, there will be more than 80kms of trails ranging from blue to black grade trails, complete with full trailhead facilities at Baunreagh and visitor services in Kinnitty village. The trails will cover a vast swathe of Coillte’s forests from Offaly to Laois and back.
This first phase takes the riders through beautiful forest and open land with fantastic views over Kinnitty castle and village and beyond. Forest road climbs lead you into tight twisty singletrack with loads of fast descents, ups and downs, tight turns and technical rocky bits, guaranteed to leave you smiling! The trails are waymarked in one direction, please follow the arrows.
There are more MTB trails open on the Laois side of Slieve Blooms, centred at Baunreagh. Click here for details Laois trails
The trails are developed in partnership with Offaly and Laois County Councils and are funded by the Dept of Rural and Community Development.
MTB trail images
These will give you a good idea of what it's all about - lots of flow, nothing too mad, very smiley trails!
Visitor Facilities on site
All available in Kinnitty village – parking, toilets, café and accommodation along with lively entertainment in the two village pubs.
This first trail loop is an open, flowing trail that constantly twists and turns and rises up and down with numerous tight, technical or challenging sections throughout (blue grade trail).
Leaving Kinnitty village the route shares the public road, so caution with traffic is needed. Turning right into Kinnitty GAA club, pick up the wide ‘dual direction’ trail leading riders onto the singletrack loop above. Riders will also travel this same trail in the opposite direction on their way back. Riders beware of cyclists approaching in their direction.
A long forest road climb gains elevation to bring you into the main 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 waymarked route joins and descends a short section of public road, where all riders must obey the rules of the road at all times. 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 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 Name: Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Trail (Offaly)
Start/Finish Point: Kinnitty village
Time: 90 to 120 minutes
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Meters Climb: 306
Trail Waymarking: Blue
Nearby pit stops
In Kinnitty village:
The Slieve Bloom Bar