A sociable weekend exploring the Geology of the Midlands while walking in the company of John Feehan.

LOVE SOME CHILL OUT TIME in a peaceful retreat……….come to the Slieve Bloom Mountains in the very heart of Ireland less than 2 hours from Dublin ,Galway, The Northern Counties, Cork and Wexford.

The gentle rolling hills of the SLIEVE BLOOM MOUNTAINS rise from the central plains of Ireland, forming a natural link between Counties Laois and Offaly.They are at the cross-roads of Ireland half-way between Galway and Dublin, Belfast and Cork, and Donegal and Rosslare. Their central location makes the Slieve Bloom area an ideal base for visitors wishing to make trips to other parts of Ireland. Alternatively, you can chose it as an interesting place to break your journey when en-route to other parts of Ireland.

The area is made up of forests, blanket bog of a type which is unique to Ireland, interspersed with hidden valleys of great character, and interest to the nature lover. It includes farmland bounded by hedgerows full of bird and plant life. The natural colours of the landscape are remarkable in any season. It is an extremely peaceful area which permits the opportunity to be close to nature. Much of the higher reaches of the mountains have been designated as an Environmentally Protected area for special preservation, as an amenity for generations to come. As a consequence, there are plenty of sign-posted walks, explanatory boards regarding wildlife and flora and fauna, and designated picnic areas.