With an outstanding diversity of scenery, Offaly and Laois has a top range of looped walks including mountains, hill, bog and moorlands, historical and archeological.
In the Slieve Blooms there are one-day circuits suitable for both serious and leisurely walkers. Ranging from the long distance Slieve Bloom Way and Offaly Way to shorter loop walks varying in length from 5km to 16km. These walks focus on areas of outstanding natural beauty and historical significance. The loops use a variety of colours to denote the level of difficulty as follows:
- Green: easy, short (1-2hrs), suitable for all levels of fitness;
- Blue: moderate difficulty, 2-3hrs duration, suitable for medium levels of fitness;
- Red: hard, 3-5hrs duration, suited to walkers with higher than average levels of fitness.