Slieve Bloom Mountains
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They are without a doubt one of Irelands hidden gems and under rated beauty spots.
The best entry point is via Portarlington.
The magnificent Slieve Bloom Way boasts an almost unlimited amount of different activities including walking, cycling, auto touring, heritage tours, equestrian trails and Irish music and dancing festivals.
The mountains are one of the oldest ranges in Ireland and rise gently in a heathery wave from the limestone plains that characterize the centre of Ireland.
Heather and blanket bog dominate the summit plateau which is incised with many and varied glens, the source of the main attractions to a walker.
Many of the houses in its valleys resemble the farmhouse type buildings of the previous age.
Slieve Bloom Mountains in the North West are one of its dominant natural features, making it a landscape of stunning contrasts that attracts countless visitors every year.
Indeed, its diverse landscape has made it a favoured destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all descriptions.
The Slieve Bloom Mountains, from which it is possible to see the highest points in all of Irelands four provinces, with its multitude of glens, rocky out-crops and romantic waterfalls are particularly popular with walkers and hikers.
Heritage trails are also popular in Laois, given the countys long history.