Ride the best mountain bike trails in Ireland with Biking.ie. Starting and finishing in Dublin, we will take in the best trails in County Wicklow, Limerick, Cork and Galway. The riding is all mountain, mixture of xc and enduro with the focus on fun trails and lots of bike time. This tour is suited to riders with a minimum level 2C abilities.
Day One - Arrival in Dublin
We will collect you at Dublin airport and take you to your hotel in the picturesque village of Enniskerry, right on the Dublin/Wicklow boarder, where you can relax after travelling and get ready for tomorrow's biking. If your flight is early in the day, why not seize the opportunity to see the capital city and soak up the electric atmosphere. Stroll around the grounds of Trinity College or take a tour of the Guinness factory.
Day Two - Dublin Mountains / 50km
Saddle up and get ready for some amazing singletrack trails and stunning views from the Dublin Mountains. At just over 500 meters above sea level, Three Rock Mountain boasts commanding views over Dublin Bay. On a clear day you can even see the Mourne Mountains of Northern Ireland and Mount Snowdon in Wales. The mountain bike trails are a perfect mix of man-made tracks which have jumps and berms and the more natural single tracks with plenty of rocks and roots. A trip to the Dublin Mountain wouldn't be complete without a stop at Johnny Fox's Pub, the highest pub in Ireland. We conveniently finish the ride back at our hotel in Enniskerry where a post spin pick-me-up coffee is essential and we spoilt for choice in Enniskerry!
Day Three - Wicklow Mountains / 35km
Riding straight from the hotel door we quickly climb into the hills and offroad. Again the trails are sweetly crafted singletrack with high speed flowing corners, switch back climbs and even a few technical rock and root sections. They call Wicklow the 'Garden of Ireland' and it's no wonder with the picture postcard views of Powerscourt Waterfall and Lough Tay. Riding into the sun as we make our way south, to the highest point on today's ride is just over 600 meters, near Djouce Mountain- a popular spot for local mountain bikers.
Day Four - Cork and Limerick Mountains / 50km
It's an early start today with a 2.5 hour drive to Limerick on the west coast of Ireland. This is one of the biggest days on the bikes as we visit the Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trails, the largest trail network of its kind in Ireland. Forest road climbs lead you into tight twisty singletrack with loads of ups and downs, tight turns and technical rocky bits. The Castlepook loop is over 50 kilometres in length- tough forest road climbs are rewarded with sweeping fast descents guaranteed to leave you smiling.
Day Five - Cork and Limerick Mountains / 45km
Another day in paradise. For our second day in Ballyhoura we will show you the best local trails, including some epic enduro descents off Seefin Mountain. Home to some of the most natural bike trails in Ireland, the Enduro trails here offers a mix of terrain and the longest stages in the Gravity Enduro Ireland Series.
Day Six - Galway Mountains / 40km
Following a 2.5 hour drive along the rugged Irish coastline we arrive at the Derroura Mountain Bike Trail Network, over 16 kms in length known as the gateway to Connemara. The trails here will offer you massive views north into the Maam valley and westwards to the Twelve Pins mountain range. Derroura offers you some incredible mountain biking in some of the most spectacular scenery in Connemara. You will face long climbs and thrilling descents with great views overlooking the entire Lough Corrib from the halfway point of the trails. After a brief road section we hit Rosscahill Woods, a hand built cross country style trail with narrow singletrack through the trees. There are lots of interconnected short loops which are great fun to ride! The final stop of the day is the pump track at Moycullen Bike Works for some fun- it's usually very entertaining!
Our last evening in Ireland is spent soaking up the atmosphere in Galway City. A bustling city, both picturesque and lively with a wonderful avant-garde culture and a fascinating mixture of locally owned speciality shops, often featuring locally made crafts. Indeed local handcrafts are a feature of the entire region including hand knitting, pottery, glass, jewellery and woodwork- it's the perfect place to pick up a genuinely Irish souvenir.
Day Seven - Return Home
After a leisurely start to the day, it's time to say your goodbyes over a full Irish breakfast before heading back to Dublin airport.
Did You know?
We had the pleasure of guiding the good people from Mountain Bike Rider Magazine (MBR) around these trails...
- Professional mountain bike guides with expert local knowledge
- Return transfers to Dublin Airport
- 5 days guided mountain biking
- 6 nights hotel accommodation
- 6 full Irish breakfasts
- Small group size: maximum 8
- Flights not included.
2018 Tour Pricing
- The cost is €1150 per person
- 10% booking deposit required
- Single Supplement: €210
- 6 Day Bike Rental: €120 for front suspension or €180 for full suspension