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Birr Cycle Hub
Birr, Co. Offaly
Free to visit
Birr Cycle Hub routes will guide you to some of the scenery and sights surrounding the town of Birr and its neighbouring towns and villages.

Birr Cycle Hub consists of explore much of the west and south Offaly taking in the Slieve Bloom Mountains, the river Shannon and the extensive peatland landscape which shows the many different aspects through harvesting and afteruse. The routes are best cycled anticlockwise to avoid right turns across the vehicular lane at junctions.

Loop 1 Lough Borra East 5km

Loop 2 Lough Boora Parkalnds 10km

Two short loops on a traffic free route which can be combined with a picnic to make an ideal family day out. There is much to be seen in this area of lakes, canals, forests and bogland. Bike hire available at Lough Boora.

Loop 3 Birr 73km

Loop 3A Birr 16km

Loop 3B Birr 44km

Travelling east towards the foothills of the scenic Slieve Bloom Mountains, the full loop is a challenging enough spin, but with 3a and 3b offering a shorter way back there is something here for everyone. Climbing steadily out of the town, the route levels off before the early Christian monastic site of St Kieran. Kinnity and Cadamstown are two interesting and scenic villages ideal for a snack stop. At Kilcormac you can choose to opt for a straight run back to Birr along the bog road (3b). Alternatively continue through the scenic Lough Boora Parklands, and then into Cloghan.

Loop 4 Southern 47km

Loop 5 Monastic 30km

Start off down the main road to Roscrea. For Route 4a turn left up a short and steep hill onto a plateau of high ground called Crinkhill; For Route 4 stay on the main road until the right turn at the little pub called The Black Bull, which marks Sharavogue and then on to Shinrone Village. Mount Joseph Cistercian Abbey and College signals the start of the return leg. The route remains quite hilly until you reach a junction with a view of Leap Castle. Continue on then to the St Kieran monastic site, before an easy descent back to Birr.

Loop 5 Shannon Harbour 49km

Loop 5A Cloghan Loop 13km

This is a figure of eight loop to the north of Birr. Start off along the outside of the castle walls and turn left through the demesne farmland. Continue on through the crossroads to Cloghan for refreshments. You can take the short route across to the Clononey Castle. The return leg of this cycle route will bring you through Shannon Harbour and Banagher Town, before a fast downhill road returns you to Birr.

Trail details

Road Cycling Trail
Birr Cycle Hub
    Time:10 mins
    Nearest town start:Birr
    Waymarking:Blue text on white background
Contact details
Co Offaly
Leave no trace
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Be considerate of others
  • Respect farm animals and wildlife
  • Travel and camp responsibly
  • Leave what you find
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Protect nature from fire
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