Step it out at Slieve Bloom walking festival

THE 17th Annual Slieve Bloom Walking Festival takes place on the May Bank Holiday weekend from April 29 to May 2, 2011. So get your boots on for a weekend of fun and easy outdoor activity in the beautiful Slieve Blooms!

THE 17th Annual Slieve Bloom Walking Festival takes place on the May Bank Holiday weekend from April 29 to May 2, 2011. So get your boots on for a weekend of fun and easy outdoor activity in the beautiful Slieve Blooms!

The festival provides a range of 12 hill walks from easy to moderate to challenging at various locations in the Slieve Blooms.

Experienced walk leaders will enhance your walk with information on local historic sites and wildlife. In the evenings we have arranged some great entertainment for you, candlelit dinners followed by traditional Irish music session, a BBQ and the Walkers Hoe Down in Kinnitty Castle.

You too can walk in the footsteps of Fionn Mac Cumhaill where thousands of years of magic and mystery are interwoven across a land as unspoiled as it is rich in archaeology, history, tradition and culture. Why don’t you join us?

Festival Programme

The Slieve Bloom Walking Festival will offer a great deal more than just guided walking. Start off the weekend with a short 2 hour walk through the bluebells in Knockbarron Wood. Meet your new friends in Giltrap pub and later join the traditional music session in the Dungeon Bar Kinnitty Castle.

Registration for the Walking Festival will take place on Saturday morning at Kinnitty Community Centre. There are 5 walks to choose from ranging from Grade A difficult to Grade C easy. The 2 Grade C walks are organised so that you can join the 2 walks together if you are feeling really energetic. After the walks meet up in the Slieve Bloom Bar Kinnitty and relax at the BBQ for just €5.

On Sunday registration takes place in the Community Centre Clonaslee. After the walk, walkers meet at the Swan pub in Clonaslee for chat and refreshments. Later in the evening the Walkers Hoe Down takes place in the Dungeon Bar at Kinnitty Castle. Tickets are €20.00 and must be purchased at walk registration on Saturday or Sunday morning. Registration for all walks for the weekend is €20. Daily rate for the festival is €8. Registration for weekend also includes all walks on Slieve Bloom Walking Programme for the year

The Walks

The walking festival provides you with a total of 12 walks, from a range of easy 5k (3 miles) walks too more challenging 16k(11 miles) - Walking Grades - A Strenuous B Less strenuous C Moderate. For Further details e-mail info@slievebloom.ie; www.slievebloom.ie; Tel: 086 2789147.