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If you love biking, check out these five extraordinary bike trails in Northern Ireland.
Beautiful coastal routes, stunning countryside views and epic mountain trails - Northern Ireland is the place to be for cyclists this summer. With the weather brightening up, it is time to grab your bike and experience the real Northern Ireland by exploring its mind-blowing nature. Why not try one of these bike trails guaranteed to get your heart racing?
Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails
Nature and incredible views, experience cycling at its best in the award-winning Castlewellan mountain bike trails. The area offers a range of trails for different abilities including a fun green trail in case you have little ones in your family. The tougher 11.8 mile red trail features incredible views as you cycle past a number of lakes. If you’re a thrill-seeker looking to spice up your ride, make sure to check out the crowd-pleaser black trail ‘Dolly’s Chute’, which will really get your heart racing.
On the shores of Carlingford Lough lays this biker’s heaven of a trail. The 30 mile red-trail kicks off with a lung-busting climb where you will be rewarded with incredible views before you make a start on the exciting descents that will give you that adrenaline rush you are looking for. Cafés, showers and car parking are all available for your convenience.
Giant’s Causeway to Benone
One of Northern Ireland’s most iconic and picturesque spots, the Giant’s Causeway is a favourite for many. This 22 mile route offers a surreal experience with stunning sea views as you pass through some of the country’s most beautiful towns. The route features several short climbs with two longer climbs and has dedicated, cycle-friendly measures with some traffic-free areas. When it’s time for your break, make sure to check out some of the delicious local food and beverage options that are available along the route.
Newcastle & Lough Island Reavy
On the hunt for a real challenge? Then Newcastle & Lough Island Reavy is for you. You will need to be fit and courageous to tackle this insane 25 mile circular route, which features incredibly strenuous climbs that will give you on an adrenaline rush. The route will take you past famous landmarks including Tollymore Forest Park, and the tough climbs will reward you with spectacular views of the Mourne Mountains, Dundrum Bay and Newcastle. Once you’re done, treat yourself to some Abernethy Butter Fudge or head to the nearby Cookie Jar Bakery, you’ve earned it!
If you’re looking for something just a little gentler, Davagh offers multiple impressive trails featuring a good mix of terrain, without large amounts of climbing. In fact, the ascent is divided into sections, making it the ideal spot to practice and build on your skill and a starting point for cycling newbies. You will be rewarded throughout the cycle by breath-taking scenery packed with tall forests and endless remarkable views across the Sperrin Mountains. And if you don’t need to go gently, the 10 mile red trail features some rock slab drops you will never forget! You’ll need to stop and catch your breath before you plunge down the exhilarating descent of the red trail.
What are you waiting for? Hop on your bike and go for a ride!
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