Northern Ireland is the new trail centre honeypot. Here's how to string it all together.
Get yourself over to the booming trail centres of Northern Ireland before everyone else does.
Chances are you and your riding posse have pretty much ‘done’ Wales’ and Scotland’s trail centres. You fancy something new. Something a bit different. Something far away, but not too far.
Get your pen and pad ready
Stick Northern Ireland at the top of your list.
Day 1 – Get to Rostrevor
Ferries leave Cairnryan, Dumfried & Galloway at 10:30am and take a couple of hours to arrive at Larne, County Antrim.
Drive to Rostrevor, County Down and ride the Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails.
Rostrevor in a nutshell: incredible coastal views and exhilarating singletrack descents – including two gravity-focussed DH tracks.
Rostrevor mountain bike trails video
Rostrevor trail info
- Red trail: 27km, takes about 3 hours
- Black trail: 19km, 2 hours
- Mega Mission: 1.8km DH track
- On The Pulse: 1.3km DH track
Day 2 – Over to Castlewellan
From Rostrevor it’s a swift 18 mile drive to the Castlewellan Mountain BIke Trails.
Castlewellan in a nutshell: As well as delivering their fair share of adrenaline, these trails allow visitors to soak up unparalleled ‘mountainscape’ views of the Mountains of Mourne.
Castlewellan mountain bike trails video
Castlewellan trail info
- Blue trail: 4.5km, allow 45 mins to get round
- Red trail: 19km, 2 hours
- There are two black runs: Dolly’s Chute and The Great Escarpe
Day 3 – Road trip to Davagh Forest
It’s a bit of drive to the Davagh Mountain Bike Trails – 70 miles approx – but nothing too arduous.
Davagh Forest in a nutshell: A very fun blue trail, a pump track, a short skills course but it’s the fast Red trail that’ll keep you on your toes.
Davagh Forest mountain bike trails video
Davagh Forest trail info
- Red trail: 16km, 2 or 3 hours
- Blue trail: 7.5km, 1 hour
- Pump track and skills park
Day 4 – Blessingbourne finale
Drive for about an hour over to Blessingbourne, County Tyrone.
Finish your trip where it all started for Northern Ireland’s trail centres. Blessingbourne was the first purpose-built mountain bike trail centre in Northern Ireland. It may be relatively modest but it’s plenty of fun and makes for an ideal last day of your trip.
Drive back to Larne (89 miles) and catch the 4:40pm ferry back to Cairnryan, Dumfries & Galloway.
Blessingbourne trail info
- Red trail: 8km, allow 1 hour
- Blue trail: 4km, 30 mins
- Pump track
Mountain biking in Northern Ireland video
Head over to MountainBikeNI for even more info about how to get planning your Northern Ireland MTB road trip.