Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Trails

Are you looking for an activities holiday this year? If the outdoors is your thing then why not try the Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Trails.

There are currently 35km of new mountain bike trails (MTB), with trailheads at Kinnitty and Baunreagh. These trails, which are waymarked in one direction and designed specially for mountain bike use, vary in difficulty. They range from the grade trails: ‘blue’ (moderate, with some single-track sections) to ‘red’ (difficult/severe, with challenging climbs and tricky descent).

The trails have been developed by Coillte in partnership with Offaly and Laois County Councils and are funded by the Dept. of Rural and Community Development.

There will eventually be 100km of biking tracks to explore on the Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Trail, so keep an eye on the site for new developments!

Where to Stay?

While you are considering being on the adventurous side you can book your stay with Hannah & Paddy at Roundwood House which is set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Just over an hour from Dublin, Roundwood House is surrounded by mature trees, lawns, gardens and delightful, extensive outbuildings. It is a historic home of architectural interest and was once described by Desmond Guinness, co-founder of the Irish Georgian Society, as having a “marvellous doll’s house-like quality”.

A rambling avenue leads you through a welcoming committee of animals and into a bright, spacious hall. There is a drawing room, study and dining room, where the combination of log fires, antique furniture and absence of televisions may actually make you believe you’ve been transported back to the 18th century. (A bottle of wine tends to hasten the trip.)

The area is picturesque, unspoiled and peaceful – a delight for hikers and cyclists of all abilities. Horse-riding, fishing and golfing are also available locally. There is no reason why you can not take some time off and feel the wind in your face while you are out on the mountain bike and then relax in the evening and let Paddy cook you dinner that will awaken all your taste buds!

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Yoga, Music & Poetry in Ireland

Yoga, Music and Poetry in Ireland

Temple House

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve got something special to share with you. If you like poetry, music and yoga in good company read on. There are only a few spots left.

Join Irish yoga teacher Dearbhla Kelly along with Irish musicians Liam Ó’Maonlaí, Rónán Ó’ Snodaigh and Grammy-nominated kirtan singer Dave Stringer, for a week-long immersion in Irish culture, music, poetry and landscape. Stay at the historic Temple House in County Sligo close to the Atlantic coast, Neolithic sites and Yeats’ country.

This one of a kind yoga retreat curated by Dearbhla will showcase the stunning natural beauty of the Emerald Isle and introduce you to the depth and richness of Irish culture, the deliciousness of Irish farm-to-table food and the warmth and friendliness of Irish hospitality.

Registration fee is per person. Room fees are not based on occu

pancy. Cost for each room can be shared amongst occupants.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

Personal interaction with world renowned traditional musicians Liam and Rónán, both of whom are steeped in Irish history and folklore, as well as being native speakers of Gaelic

Daily morning yoga classes with Dearbhla featuring musical accompaniment by Dave

Storytelling evening with Irish seanchaí

Tour of Yeats country with local Yeats scholar

Guided visits to Neolithic sites (Carrowkeel Megalithic Passage Tomb Site 3200 B.C.E. – 2400 B.C.E and Queen Maeve’s Cairn https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knocknarea 3000 B.C.E)

Kirtan with Dave – you are welcome to bring musical instruments to join in

Evening music jams with Dave, Liam and Rónán

Irish pubs and optional activities at Temple House (bodhrán classes with Rónán, horse riding, eagle flying, fishing etc)

 

REGISTRATION INCLUDES:

  • Coach to / from Dublin

  • 6 dinners at Temple House

  • 4 lunches at Temple House

  • 6 breakfasts at Temple House

  • Closing brunch at Temple House

  • 7 morning yoga classes with musical accompaniment

  • Evening music performances

  • Guided tours of Yeats Country and Neolithic sites

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Flights

  • Hotel in Dublin

  • Covid tests

  • 1 evening meal at a restaurant in Sligo town

  • 2 pub lunches

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Optional activities

 

*Registration fee is per person. Room fees are not based on occupancy. Cost for each room can be shared amongst occupants. Many rooms are suitable for 2-3 persons.

Email Dearbhla with questions about anything: hotels in Dublin, activities, on site accommodations.

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Lorum Old Rectory Valentines

Valentines at Lorum Old Rectory

This is the perfect opportunity to treat your Valentine at Lorum Old Rectory. The house sits peacefully on the slopes above the River Barrow at Kilgreaney, about halfway between Bagenalstown and Borris. Bobbie Smith & her daughter Rebecca welcome you to their home, both renowned for their warm welcome and splendid home-baking.

Special Mention

Special thanks to Nicola Brady who included us in “Grown-up getaways: 10 adult-only hotel, spa and country house breaks in Ireland” in the Irish Independent on Sunday. Nicola captures what is so special about Lorum Old Rectory. Nicola describes it as ‘home to a gorgeous collection of homely guest rooms, complete with overflowing bookcases and four-poster beds.

Staying at Lorum Old Rectory

Treat your Valentine at Lorum Old Rectory simply because we offer guests relaxed, Country House style Bed & Breakfast Accommodation where the emphasis is on making guests feel ‘at home’.

The broad, high-ceilinged hallway at Lorum is both elegant and inviting. With a commanding presence is the 18th century grandfather clock marking time with its comforting chime. The glow of fresh flowers reflected in the mirror over the hallstand. All adding to the sense of warmth and generosity is immediately conveyed to the visitor. The spacious, pleasingly-proportioned drawing room, where our Bed & Breakfast guests may enjoy afternoon tea, drinks before dinner and coffee afterwards, has large windows that frame magnificent views of Mount Leinster and the western hills. Three large couches – ideal for perusing the many books that the family has collected or continuing a lively dinner conversation. The room’s many curios and photographs give a lively sense of the family’s and the area’s past. The graceful dining room, small “snug” and the family’s study (where Bed & Breakfast guests may watch television) are also off the main hallway.

 

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Roundwood House

Amazing Food at Roundwood House

Amazing food is essential, especially when you go away for a few days! Roundwood House specialises in amazing food!

Hannah, Paddy and their family are the proud owners of Roundwood House in Mountrath, Co Laois. Set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains which is just over an hour from Dublin. Roundwood House is surrounded by mature trees, lawns, gardens and delightful, extensive outbuildings. It is a historic home of architectural interest and was once described by Desmond Guinness, co-founder of the Irish Georgian Society, as having a “marvellous doll’s house-like quality”.

 

The rambling avenue leads you through a welcoming committee of animals and into a bright, spacious hall. There is a drawing room, study and dining room, where the combination of log fires, antique furniture and absence of televisions may actually make you believe you’ve been transported back to the 18th century. (A bottle of wine tends to hasten the trip.)

Amazing Food

Hannah & Paddy are very much the hands on type! Paddy has an amazing skill with the wooden spoon and a whisk because every dish that leaves the kitchen has character, flavour & indeed a work of art! Paddy’s attention to detail on the plate ensures that you will not forget your dining experience at Roundwood House! Accompanied by a well chosen bottle of wine means you have little or no worries while you stay at Roundwood House!

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