We have two locations, Ticknock in Dublin and Ballinastoe in Wicklow.
Ticknock is nestled in the foothills of the Three Rock Mountain, just 30 minutes from the Dublin City centre. There are three large rock formations from which the mountain receives its name are the result of weathering over thousands of years. In the area, there is also a Two Rock Mountain at 536 meters above sea level and the infamous ruins of the Fairy Castle.
With spectacular views over the Capital City and Dublin Bay it's no wonder that Ticknock is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the east coast. The trail network is a looped route that starts and finishes in the same point and is also sign posted, so no map needed. The trails are fast and fun with plenty of features to keep even the most experienced bikers on the edge of their seat!
The trails in Ticknock start off on the tarmac road at the car park and climb steadily to the first of 8 single track trails which loop their way around the mountain. The total length of the trail network is 13km and it is possible to short cut, meaning you can repeat or cut out sections as you wish.
The terrain is technically challenging and has some some high speed sections with plenty of technical trail features.
Ballinastoe is located in the heart of the wild Wicklow Mountains, yet is just 45 minutes from Dublin City centre. If you are looking to experience some of the best mountain biking in Ireland then 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, also known as 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. If you think you recognise the views perhaps you have seen them before, the movies 'Brave Heart', 'Excalibur', 'King Arthur' and 'Into the West' were all filmed here.
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.
The above red grade routes are difficult throughout with numerous severe sections along the route. The trails vary from fast and flowing to tight and technical. Frequently steep and narrow, with variable surfaces including rock, roots, mud, loose stones and gravel that may become slippery when wet. These trails are not for novice mountain bike riders.
Sample Road Rides
44km Road Route - Download
20km Road Route - Download