Slieve Blooms Long Cycle Loop
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The Slieve Blooms are the highest mountains in the midlands and this route takes in all three passes over them.
While the scenery can’t match that of many other regions, it is still a fun ride in a place overlooked by many.
It’s 20km to the start of the first climb. If there is a westerly wind this will be the least fun part of the day. The first climb is the steepest, with a more even gradient on the other two climbs.
You have fine views of the range from the south, north and the east.
The R440 is the highest road pass in the Slieve Blooms, reaching 453m - you start it as you leave Kinnitty.
Glendine Gap is a scenic road pass in the Slieve Blooms.
The Cut is a well-known road pass, with the top of it cut through a bog.
Portlaoise – Slieve Blooms Long Loop Useful Info
These roads can be very quiet – the R440 takes most of the traffic going over the Slieve Blooms, and there isn’t much reason for people to be on the other two passes.
Portlaiose is on the Dublin – Cork rail line, with numerous trains running every day. Irish Rail has details.