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

Bike Park Ireland is the ultimate outdoor activity for all ages to enjoy during your stay at the 4* County Arms hotel. It is Ireland’s No.1 gravity fed mountain bike park and is only a 15 minute drive from the hotel.

Bike Park Ireland is like skiing on mountain bikes! Our army trucks carry you to the top of the trails each time (this is our ski-lift service!) and you choose which trail you want to cycle down.

Our downhill trails are for beginners to elite riders, and for all ages. The pump track is the largest in the country and is especially popular with kids and all adult beginners. We have a fantastic bike rental fleet, bike shop and lovely cafe serving hot and cold food. So even for those who want to kick back, relax and just watch while enjoying the view – we’ve got it covered!

Bike Park entry ticket is €5.00, family ticket (2 adults + 2-4 children) is €15.00. This gives you access to all the trails. This includes our Enduro Climb trail which takes you to the top of the trails. But if you don’t feel like cycling up, our uplift truck operates all day!

Each uplift token is €2.50 and if you have tokens left over by the time you’re finished, you can cash them in.

Our bike hire prices start from €20.00 half day for kids, €35.00 half day for adults. These are top quality bikes and all bike hire come with full faced helmet, elbow & knee pads.

We also cater for group bookings – corporate, team building, stags/hens, schools, plus many more. Just contact Lynne at 067-21961 or email lynne@bikeparkireland.ie for all enquiries and bookings.