Overview

Welcome to the Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Trails in Kinnitty, County Offaly. This is a network of purpose-built singletrack trails and forest roads that are designed for use by mountain bikes on a waymarked circular route. There are three routes to choose from, one of which is blue grade, the other two are more challenging red grade options.

The trails take riders through beautiful forests and open land with fantastic views over Kinnitty Castle and beyond. Forest road climbs lead to twisty singletrack with lots 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 directional arrows.

The route uses multiple sections of public road, forest roads and crosses many walking trails. Riders should obey the rules of the road and expect to encounter vehicles and other forest users at any time. In general, the trails are 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, use a suitable mountain bike and wear a helmet at all times. Please ride with consideration for other forest users and control your speed.

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, with additional funding support from Fáilte Ireland.

Navigate to Kinnitty village, Co. Offaly and park in the village. Look for the waymarkers to take you up to the trail network.


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Visitor Facilities on site

All available in Kinnitty village – parking, toilets, café and accommodation along with lively entertainment in the two village pubs.

Slieve Bloom Offaly - Trailhead Board

Kinnitty Blue Route – Trail Description

Leaving Kinnitty Village the route follows the public road,
caution with other road users is needed. Turning right into
Kinnitty GAA club, pick up the wide ‘dual direction’ trail which
leads to ‘The Hub’, a key point on your journey in the Slieve
Bloom Mountain Bike Trials.

Caution, beware of cyclists approaching in the opposite direction on the dual direction trail.
The route climbs uphill from ‘The Hub’ on the ‘Bluebell’
trail all the way to ‘Waypoint 1’ where riders should bear
right, following the blue directional arrows. Trail highlights
include ‘Cool Runnings’, ‘Rock & Roll’ and ‘The Full Hog’.
The full distance of the Kinnitty Blue route is 9km but there
is an optional shortcut which reduces the distance.

TRAIL GRADING
This blue grade trail is graded moderate, with numerous
difficult sections along the route. The trails vary from fast and
flowing to tight and technical. Sometimes steep and narrow,
with variable surfaces including rock, roots, mud, loose stones
and gravel that may become slippery when wet. This trail is for
proficient cyclists only.

INFORMATION
Route Name: Kinnitty Blue
Start/Finish Point: Kinnitty Village
Distance: 9km with 220 Meters Climbing
Time: 45 Minutes to 110 Minutes
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Trail Waymarking: Blue Circle

River Run Route – Trail Description

This 23km red grade route shares the same outward leg as
the Kinnitty Blue route, climbing all the way from Kinnitty
Village, through ‘The Hub’ and past ‘Waypoint 1’. Follow the
red directional arrows to the next junction until you arrive at
‘Waypoint 2’, a key point on your journey at the Slieve Bloom
Mountain Bike Trails. Once here, there are two red grade
routes to choose from, ‘Mountain Top’ to the left or ‘River Run’
to the right.
The River Run route starts off with a climbing singletrack
trail called ‘The Yellow Brick Road’, followed immediately
by one of the highlights along the River Run route, the
‘ASAP’ trail, a fast flowing rocky descent which takes
you to the public road at ‘The Blue Gates Upper’. Exercise
caution crossing the public road and yield to motorists and
road cyclists at this point. Next up is ‘The Cobbler’ trail,
a meandering route that weaves through the Connor’s
homestead, switch back climbs weave up through the
most spectacular mature pine trees before plummeting
down to meet the Camcor river.
The ‘Valley Run’ trail meanders across the Stillbrook Hill into
the next valley where the main descending section of River Run
route begins. ‘Secret Squirrel’, ‘Yeti’ and ‘Last Chance’ are the
three main trails, each with their own unique flavour dropping
you down to the Camcor river once again. Exercise caution
crossing back over the public road at ‘The Blue Gates South’
and prepare yourself for the final climb of the River Run route.
Follow the forest road to ‘Waypoint 4’, here you can take a
shout cut back by joining the blue grade ‘Cool Runnings’ trail on
the Kinnitty Blue route or continue uphill on the River Run red
grade route. The effort to climb the final hill is well rewarded
with a spectacular 4km long descent named ‘Space Jam’,
which takes riders all the way back to the trailhead at
Kinnitty Village.

TRAIL GRADING
This red grade route is difficult throughout with numerous
severe sections along the route. The trails vary from fast and
flowing to tight and technical. Frequently steep and narrow,
with variable surfaces including rock, roots, mud, loose stones
and gravel that may become slippery when wet. This trail is not
for novice mountain bike riders.

INFORMATION
Route Name: River Run
Start/Finish Point: Kinnitty Village
Distance: 23km with 490 Meters Climbing
Time: 110 Minutes to 180 Minutes
Degree of Difficulty: Difficult to Severe
Trail Waymarking: Red Circle

Mountain Top Route – Trail Description

This 31km red grade route shares the same outward leg as
the Kinnitty Blue route, climbing all the way from Kinnitty
Village, through ‘The Hub’ and past ‘Waypoint 1’. Follow the
red directional arrows to the next junction until you arrive at
‘Waypoint 2’, a key point on your journey at the Slieve Bloom
Mountain Bike Trails. Once here, there are two red grade
routes to choose from, ‘Mountain Top’ to the left or ‘River Run’
to the right.
There are some amazing singletrack descents on the Mountain
Top route starting with ‘Twist & Shout’, a beautiful flow trail
with over 40 berms and zero pedalling! A short forest road
climb brings you to ‘Road Runner’, a highspeed swoopy trail
which descends to the historic Lime Kiln. Exercise caution as
you cross the public road at ‘The Lime Kiln North’ and yield
to motorists and road cyclists at this point. Next up is the
‘Mitchells’ trail, a meandering route that skirts the Mitchell’s
family homestead, across the old bridge and down to the forest
road to meet ‘Waypoint 3’.
Here riders can continue straight ahead and stay on the
Mountain Top route, or bear left and cross over to the Laois
side of the Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Trails via the red grade
‘Crystal Maze’ trail. Note that joining the Laois trail network is a
long distance route and should only be undertaken if you are a
highly experienced and highly competent mountain bike rider.
Next along the Mountain Top route is ‘Flintstones’ a short
and snappy feature rich descent with plenty of fun to be had.
After a short forest road climb you will be rewarded with some
of the most iconic descents in the Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike
Trail network, ‘Donkey Kong’ which connects straight into
‘Nature Valley’. The Mountain Top route merges into the River
Run route for the return trip all the way back to the trailhead
at Kinnitty Village.

TRAIL GRADING
This red grade route is difficult throughout with numerous
severe sections along the route. The trails vary from fast and
flowing to tight and technical. Frequently steep and narrow,
with variable surfaces including rock, roots, mud, loose stones
and gravel that may become slippery when wet. This trail is not
for novice mountain bike riders.

INFORMATION
Route Name: Mountain Top
Start/Finish Point: Kinnitty Village
Distance: 31km with 570 Meters Climbing
Time: 150 Minutes to 230 Minutes
Degree of Difficulty: Difficult to Severe
Trail Waymarking: Red Asterix

Map of Kinnitty Trails

Nearby pit stops

In Kinnitty village:

Peavoys Café

The Anti-Social Café @ Kinnitty Castle

Giltraps Pub

The Slieve Bloom Bar