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Walking

Birr and the Midlands of Ireland is a rambler’s paradise. The Historic Walking Tour of Birr is an enjoyable tour around this Georgian Heritage Town at your own pace. Highlights include Famine Workhouse, Crotty’s Church, Ancient Graveyard, Book of Birr, St Brendan’s Park, Oxmantown Mall, John’s Mall, John’s Hall and of course Birr Castle demesne & Historic Science Centre. Our Hotel team will be happy to provide you with a detailed map with all these highlights clearly marked, as well as some interesting ‘refreshment stops’ along the way.

For the more serious stroller, the Slieve Bloom mountains are 8 miles away in the village of Kinnitty and a selection of Eco and Lopped Walks make the most of the stunning scenery. Lough Boora parklands is a nature lover’s dream with protected bird species and Sculpture in the Parklands, one of the most magical installations in Ireland and probably Offaly’s best kept secret.

There are also a selection of long distance walks in the area taking in such tourist attractions as Clonmacnoise, Lough Boora, Slieve Bloom, Grand Canal and the rich monastic heritage of the midlands of Ireland.

For more details on walks please follow the below links:

Long Distance Walks

Slieve Bloom Looped Walks

Slieve Bloom Eco Walks