Guided climb of Ard Eireann

Guided climb of Ard Eireann

Get back to your celtic roots this weekend by climbing the highest point in Laois and Offaly, Arderin in the Slieve Blooms.

Guided climbs with a choice of two routes are being held this Sunday afternoon July 31, as part of the Slieve Bloom Ard Eireann Festival.

The ancient pre-harvest festival was revived 6 years ago by The Slieve Bloom Association.

It takes place over the coming weekend, beginning on Saturday July 30 with a bus tour around the Slieve Bloom Mountains.

The tour guide is archaeologist Sean Murray who has completed a special study of Clonenagh.

Thebus leaves Mountmellick at 10am, with collection in Portlaoise at 10.15am.

The tour will visit Clonenagh, Monahincha, near Roscrea, Seir Keiran, Tober Lughna, Cadamstown and Castlecuffe with lunch in Borris-in-Ossory. It returns at 5pm.

On Sunday the climb of Ard Eireann takes place.

Hikers are asked to meet at the Poet’s Cottage in Camross at 2pm to drive to Glen Kitt.

With two walking routes to Arderin available, organisers say it should suit most abilities.

They will be rewarded for their hard work with refreshments and entertainment afterwards in Srahan.

The day is free but a donation from attendees is greatly appreciated.

The cost of the bus tour is €20 includes lunch. Under 12’s are €10. To book tickets call Barry 087 2061673 or Carole 087 1350555.