Our next hike takes us to the Laois side the the Slieve Bloom Mountains.
Get away from the hustle and bustle and join us on a guided hike of Glenbarrow waterfall in the Slieve Bloom Mts on Saturday the 19th of January.
Glenbarrow is one of the most scenic parts of the Slieve Bloom area with its waterfalls and steep-sided valley.
The area was extensively quarried in the 1800’s and there are still many signs of the quarrying activities evident today – the exposed bedrock of the red sandstone and the holes where explosives were placed.
The river Barrow has cut it’s way through the deposits of an ancient glaciers and now sits in a steep sided valley.
The main trail past the waterfall leads you up through the valley, past old homesteads in Cones and eventually out onto the Nature Reserve on the Ridge of Cappard. There has been extensive trail repair work here in recent years, so it is easier to get out there and enjoy this wonderful valley.
The terrain can be rough in parts, especially higher up so be prepared with appropriate clothing and footwear.
We depart from Glenbarrow Car Park at 10:30am and the hike should take around three and half hours to complete.
Price €25 per person and includes tea/coffee from the famous Kelly kettle and snacks at the end of the hike.
Please note this hike is for people with a good level of fitness.
You must have appropriate footwear and suitable waterproof clothing.
No runners or jeans allowed.
Our guides are fully qualified Remote Emergency Care Three responders and are fully insured.
Hike departs from Glenbarrow Car Park at 10:30am and the hike should take around three and half hours to complete.
Slieve Bloom Mountain
The Slieve Bloom, along with the Massif Central in France, are the oldest mountains in Europe; they were once also the highest at 3,700m. Weathering has reduced them to 527m. On a clear day, one can see the high points of the four ancient provinces of Ireland.
They rise from the central plain of Ireland to a height of 527 metres. While not very high, they are extensive by local standards. The highest points are Arderin (527 m) at the southwestern end of the range and Baunreaghcong (511 m) at the end of the Ridge of Cappard.