It’s time to… take a walk in the Slieve Bloom Mountains!

When staying with us at Sefton Cottage, there are a great deal of things to see and do. From afternoons sightseeing, through to a drink in the pub, there’s almost nothing better than enjoying a long leisurely walk around some of our beautiful spots.

One of the most popular places to enjoy a walk nearby is the Slieve Bloom Way, a circular route of some 84km, which takes you through the Slieve Bloom Mountains. A favourite of ourselves and also many of our guests, this Way offers some of the best views you can get near the cottage, along with walks of all abilities.

There are a few rough and rugged sections; however, they rarely rise to high altitude and do not demand great stamina. A number of shorter looped walks (ranging from 1hr to 4hrs) start and finish at each of the trailheads and are more suitable for the occasional walker.

How to get there?

Sefton Cottage is set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, and so is the perfect place for a lovely walking holiday. The Slieve Bloom Way is best accessed at one of six key trailheads, which provide information map boards and car parking. These are located reasonably close to other services and facilities, such as shops, accommodation, restaurants and public transport, and so the perfect place to start and end your journey.

The trailhead closest to Sefton Cottage is number four, the Kinnitty Forest entrance which is right near Kinnitty Village. The trailhead is signposted from the village and is located approximately 2.8km from the village on the R440 in the Mountrath direction.

Try the Glinsk Castle Loop walk

This two to three hour walk is perfect for a medium experienced walker. Taking beautiful paths over trails and through woodland, this walk will take you by old ruins of a castle and is well worth a visit!

  1. Start from the Kinnitty Forest entrance, which is described above and is just 3km from the village. After 30m keep left at the Y-junction of forestry roads following the blue arrow. You are also following a green arrow for the shorter Kinnitty Castle Loop and yellow arrow for the long-distance Slieve Bloom Way later in the journey, so don’t discount these yet! After a little more than 1km you reach a 3-way junction with a wooden gate on your left. Through the wooden gate will take you into the grounds of Kinnitty Castle – which is well worth a visit – but you do need to come back to the original path to continue on this route.
  2. Your loop turns right (uphill) here, and continues to ascend along a forest road for almost 1km before rounding a right bend and reaching a Y-junction. Veer to the right here – still following the Slieve Bloom Way and the green arrows.
  3. After 500m turn left onto an uphill woodland trail – the shorter green loop continues straight on here. You follow the blue arrow and the Slieve Bloom Way.
  4. This path takes you through mature woodlands to exit on a forestry road where you turn right. About 200m afterwards you turn left at a 3-way junction and, almost immediately, veer left again at another junction. You are still also on the Slieve Bloom Way.
  5. Climb the hill and, after 500m take a right at a junction. After 600m you leave the Slieve Bloom Way – taking a right turn onto a faint woodland trail to the ruins of Glinsk Castle (stone pillars and walls).
  6. Follow the trail through the pillars, over the brow of the hill, and downhill through trees to rejoin the Slieve Bloom Way at a forest track. Turn right here.
  7. After 200m turn left onto a downhill forestry trail.
  8. Continue to follow the loop on its downhill journey through the mature trees. Cross two forestry tracks to exit at the trailhead.