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Slieve Bloom Area
Maximum height for area: 527 metres,   Summits in area: 12,   Maximum prominence for area: 420 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 54 For all tops   Highest summit: Arderin, 527m
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Arderin Mountain Ard Eireann A name in Irish
(Ir. Ard Éireann [logainm.ie], 'the height of Ireland' or 'Eriu’s
height')
County Highpoint of Laois & Offaly, in County Highpoint, Arderin Lists

Height: 527m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 54 Grid Reference: S23244 98902 This summit has been logged as climbed by 188 members. Recently by: ShayGlynn, debs27, frankmc04, delboyir, Bagger_Plz, sandilandsn, SenanFoley, chalky, colmocnoc, killyman1, raygreene, k_mcdermott, Cweed101, newpark-cc, pavelbodi
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Longitude: -7.654389, Latitude: 53.040547 , Easting: 223244, Northing: 198902 Prominence: 420m,   Isolation: 1.2km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 623177 698931,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Ardrn, 10 char: Arderin

See Máire MacNeill, 'The Festival of Lughnasa' (pp. 221-25) for details of the festive assembly on 'Height Sunday' on Arderin.   Arderin is the highest mountain in the Slieve Bloom area and the 401st highest in Ireland. Arderin is the highest point in county Laois and also the highest in Offaly.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Arderin in area Slieve Bloom, Ireland
Picture: Looking towards Barcam and Carrolls Hill
 
The height of Ireland
Short Summary created by jackill  19 Jan 2011
Park in the car park at S231996 A just on the county bounds, room for 10 cars. Drop down a short grassy slope on from the carparks east side, cross a stream and up a boggy, mud track to the summit. The top is marked by a OS trig point at ground level and a small cairn. The road up from the Mountrath side has a very good surface however the road down the western side is rutted and collapsed in sections. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/399/comment/5158/
 
paulocon on Arderin, 2009
by paulocon  11 Mar 2009
Tackled Arderin as part of my goal to stand atop the highest point of each county. From the sleepy village of Kinnity, the Glendine Drive takes you up across the twisty Glendine Gap road. Built in the 90's, the road has not aged well as is in a bad state of disrepair in a number of sections. Parked at the carpark below the monument on the border and from there a 15-20 minute walk in drizzle took me to the mist covered summit. For me, Arderin was one of those hills where I found myself asking why I bother as I went ankle deep into yet another pool of boggy mud. The desolate and now rain-soaked summit proved uninspiring and brought back memories of a similar day on the equally desolate Slieve Beagh in Monaghan but the fact that visibility was down to about 100 metres has to be taken into account. All in all, an easy way to bag two county tops in one short walk. Perhaps in better weather, Arderin will prove itself to be something more than an Ugly Sister. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/399/comment/3636/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Arderin in area Slieve Bloom, Ireland
Picture: Three sentries Clamp Hole Waterfall
dhmiriam on Arderin, 2006
by dhmiriam  3 Aug 2006
Part one

Sliabh Bloom is half of God’s round lap in my own county of Laois, the other half stretching into my neighbours, Co. Offaly. I am inclined to believe, like the poet Patrick Kavanagh that my God is surely feminine as this lap is large, round and accepting as mothers laps should be. One can hop on from many points all almost within half-hours drive or less from Mountrath, Portlaoise and Ballyfin, that is, from the Laois aspect. Mountainviews would probably consider these mountains bumps, at only 440m to Stony Man on top of Ridge of Capard, or at The Cut.
Arderin, (height of Ireland) is a mighty 527m in comparison. I have sadly never completed the entire Slieve Bloom Way, 43 miles in total. Have done as you would eat an elephant, little bits at a time. What you see here is heather glens and ridges, conifer forests, ford rivers and birch woodland. What is particular up here is the extent of the views away from the hills, when very high. I think this is because the midlands have such a flat basin generally that there is no competition to impede the far horizon and but for the limitations of sight when the skies are clear, I feel I could see forever.

Two falls up here, Clamp Hole Waterfall and White Horse Falls. More Glens than you can shake a stick at, Glendelour gleann deileabha,(Valley of the two forked river) Glendine gleann doimhin (Deep Valley), Glenamoon gleann na móna or Mumhan,(Valley of the bog), Glenbordowin gleann bórd abhainn ( Valley of the River Bank), Glenconra gleann cuan, cónra or con, (Valley of the hollow, coffin or hounds, edges a bit fuzzy on this one), Glenall, gleann aille ( Valley of the cliff), Glenkitt, gleann ceath valley of the showers or mists, Glenafelly, gleann……, open to interpretation this one too, could be valley of treachery, Glenkeen, gleann caoin, pleasant valley, Glenlahan, gleann leathen (The broad valley) and Glenbarrow, gleann beiriú, the boiling valley, to name just a few. If the place needed a blanket name methinks Sliabhnaglen, Mountain of valleys, might be apt.

More in part 2. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/399/comment/2449/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Arderin in area Slieve Bloom, Ireland
Picture: Summit of Arderin
 
nolan on Arderin, 2009
by nolan  28 Jan 2009
I wanted to get this summit out of the way and as the road through the Glendine Gap was covered in ice the last time i tried, this time i decided to track it from the Camross side. On the morning of the 28th January i parked the car at S241967 B and made my way to the summit from here. The views behind me towards East were fabulous on the way up and as it was a perfect day the views from the summit were also splendid. It takes about 50 mins to reach the summit from this side but its an enjoyable walk. There's a farm track for about a third of the way but after this the ground becomes very heavy as you're walking across bog. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/399/comment/3550/
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simon3 on Arderin, 2002
by simon3  16 Nov 2002
Quoted in Bladhma (TP Joyces 1995 guide to the Slieve Blooms) J. Baldwin reported in 1819 that "The view from the Heights of Ireland comprises 15 counties, and is perhaps the most extensive and richest in Ireland"
When I visited it with a Slieve Blooms cognoscenti on a wet November day the view was limited to around 20m and included what looks like the remains of an amateur TV re-transmitter.
It was an easy walk from a car park at S231996, across a stream and up a boggy track to the summit. We knew for sure we had reached the top because of an OS marker there, otherwise this would not have been very certain.
Incidentally the easiest way to reach this carpark is from Glendine to the East along a surprisingly twisty road which was only completed in 1994.
The photo shows the summit. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/399/comment/219/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Arderin in area Slieve Bloom, Ireland
Picture: Photo showing ground level OS marker and nearby cairn
 
Harry Goodman on Arderin, 2009
by Harry Goodman  26 Sep 2009
The route up from the Glendine Gap described in other comments on Arderin is simple and straight forward. However given paulocon's comments about climbing to a mist covered summit I thought it worthwhile pointing out that the OS marker mentioned by simon3 is in fact at ground level and is not a raised column as would normally be expected. There is however a cairn of stones nearby. Both are shown in the photo. Murphysw will be pleased to know that Cormac Carroll's graffitti still proclaims him King of the Mountain. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/399/comment/4137/
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