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Bank Holiday Biking!

Posted on October 20, 2015 @ 12:22 PM in Mountainbiking

It's at this time of year that all us 'Northerners' get very jealous of you 'Southerners' with your generous October Bank Holiday Weekend on the horizon. So do us all a favour and MAKE THE MOST OF IT!!

Why not throw your bikes in the car and check out some of Northern Ireland's spectacular new mountain bike trail centres?! We'll all be thinking about how you're getting on from our stuffy offices on Monday!! 

Here's a quick snapshot of what Mountain Biking in Northern Ireland has to offer! ENJOY!!

Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails, County Down
Rostrevor Trails

On the shores of Carlingford Lough (1hr 30min from Dublin), Rostrevor is regarded by many as the 'Home of Irish Downhill' however with over 45km of challenging (both technically and physically) red and black trails this place has also now become an iconic cross-country venue.

Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails, County Down
Castlewellan Trails

Easier going than it's sibling trail centre in Rostrevor, Castlewellan (1hr 45min from Dublin) boasts a range of trail grades for all abilities from family-friendly green and blue trails to a 19km red trail packed full of technical trail features including two optional black descents. 

Davagh Forest Trails, County Tyrone
Davagh Forest Trails

Surprise package Davagh Forest (2hr 30min from Dublin) is a hidden gem in the Sperrin Mountains. This place is all about flow so if you like fast, swoopy, red singletrack then Davagh Forest is for you! There are also green and blue trail options for younger and/or less experienced riders. 

Blessingbourne Trails, County Tyrone
Blessingbourne Trails

Located in Fivemiletown (2hr 15min from Dublin) the Blessingbourne Trails are split by a quiet road with gentle blue trails on one side and a fast, bermy red trail on the other! This is a perfect location for families or groups of friends with a range of mountain bike abilities.

Castle Ward Trails, County Down
Castle Ward Trails

Another ideal family mountain biking destination is Castle Ward (2hr 15min from Dublin) on the shores of Strangford Lough. Owned by the National Trust, Castle Ward offers beginner-friendly green trails as well as a flowy 13km blue trail with stunning views.

Barnett Demesne Trails & Jumps Park, Belfast
Barnett Demesne Trails

Located on the outskirts of Belfast (1hr 45min from Dublin) Barnett Demesne offers a mix of green, blue and red grade mountain bike trails as well as Northern Ireland's only official jumps park. This is a perfect MTB addition to a Belfast City Break this Bank Holiday Weekend! 

Visit MountainBikeNI.com for loads more information on any of these MTB locations and more across Northern Ireland including official bike hire providers and MTB-Friendly places to eat, drink and stay near each trail centre!

Chris Armstrong
Chris Armstrong  Mountain Bike Officer

Chris looks after all things mountain biking in Northern Ireland ...it's a tough job but someone's gotta do it!

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