Ballinastoe is located in the heart of the wild Wicklow Mountains, yet is just 45 minutes from the Dublin City centre. If you are looking to experience some of the best mountain biking in Ireland than you have come to the right spot. The scenery is just out of this world, with some spectacular views over the Irish Sea and Lough Tay, aka the Guinness lake. The trail network is a looped route that starts and finishes in the same point and is also sign posted, so no map needed. Ballinastoe was one of the first trail centres built in Ireland and still holds it's on today thanks to some exciting upgrades.
The trail accesses many types of terrain from open heather moor land on the top through thicket spruce and Scots Pine on the lower section. And if you think you recognise the views perhaps you have seen them before! This area of County Wicklow if famous for film making with some of the classics including Brave Heart, Excalibur, King Arthur and Into the West to name but a few.
We are located right at the trail head and are always on hand for advice. If you have any questions just pop in before you start your spin.
- On Site Parking
- Bike Wash
- Picnic Benches
- Bike Rental
- Guided Tours
- Credit cards accepted.
The trails in Ballinastoe start off with quite a steep forest road climb but it's only brief. Following each climbing section is a rewarding single track of which there are 8 in total. The total length of the trail network is 14km and it is possible to short cut, meaning you can repeat or cut out sections as you wish. The terrain is a real mixture but the overall feeling is a sense of flow and fun. There really is something for everyone here, the faster you go the more challenging it becomes. Ballinastoe is hands down one of the best examples of a purpose built trail centre and is a pleasure to ride all year round.
Google Map here
By Public Transport
- If you don't have a car the best way to get to us is via the Glendalough Bus, your stop is "Ballinastoe Cross Roads".
- Depart: Dublin (Dawson Street) 11.30, arrive at Ballinastoe 12:30
- Return: Ballinastoe 16.50, arrive at Dublin 18.00
- Cost: €14 return (pay the bus driver)
- If you have a car, take Exit 8 Kilmacanouge off the N11, heading for Roundwood. After approx 7km you will see a sign for the Sally Gap and Biking.ie brown signs, simply follow those signs.
We are offical members of Wicklow County Tourism. Read more here.