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

 

Cycling

Get on your bike! Bicycles for all ages are available to hire in Lough Boora Discovery Park and offer another way for you to enjoy the Mesolithic, Farmland and Turraun Cycle Routes.

Use a solo or tandem bike to explore 22km of trails, winding through the park’s lakes, wetlands and rich grasslands. Start from the new Visitor Centre and cycle around the periphery of the protected NPWS Grey Partridge Conservation Area, stopping for a rest at one of the park’s bird hides or a picnic at the Pavilion.