Best mountain biking trails in Ireland

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Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Ireland with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of mountain biking trails in Ireland
Top trails (31)
#1 - Bray To Greystones Cliff Trail
Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland
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Length: 10.8 mi • Est. 5 h 11 m
The is a walk between Bray and Greystones with beautiful coastal views of the Irish Sea and County Wicklow. This path leads you along the railway that was built between 1847 and 1856. The cliffs are breathtaking and the flora and fauna is very diverse. From seagulls, to lizards, kittiwakes, and black guillemots you see a wide range of animals. Furthermore, Bray head is an excellent location for dolphin and whale watching. All along the trail you find information such as an anecdote about a train crash in 1869. While not physically demanding and well maintained, it is a natural walk with variable surface quality. Winter frosts can, occasionally, result in rock falls from the cliff face. On these rare occasions the walk is closed to the public.Show more
#2 - Lugnaquilla Ridge Trail
Wicklow Mountains National Park
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 4 h 45 m
This trail contains some steep climbing on the way to the top, where you are rewarded with beautiful views. Along the way, keep an eye out for deer. Show more
#3 - Portumna Forest Park Circular
Portumna Forest Park
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 4 h 23 m
Great lakeshore views and quiet wooded glades await discovery through multi-access trails open to walkers and cyclists. The name Portumna derives from the Gaelic 'Port Omna' meaning the landing place of the oak tree. Portumna Forest Park covers almost 450 hectares and was formerly owned by the Clanrickarde family. There is an old abbey, now under the care of the Office of Public Works (OPW), within the Park which dates back to the 15th century. The castle nearby, on which considerable restoration work has been carried out by the OPW, dates back to the 17th century and was the seat of the Earl of Clanrickarde. The forest has many habitats from lakeshore to turlough. The main conifer tree species include Scots pine, Sitka spruce, Norway spruce, Douglas fir and larch. A programme is in place to replace recently felled trees with native oak-ash-hazel woodland under the Native Woodland Scheme. A notable feature of the park is the presence of yew and juniper in open woodland along the lake shore. The park fauna includes a large population of fallow deer while other animal species include pine marten, fox and badger. The red squirrel still has a stronghold in the park and there is also a large inland colony of cormorants nesting in one of the islands. There are 4 looped trails in the Park. Show more
#4 - Slieve League
Gleann Cholm Cille, County Donegal, Ireland
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 2 h
Please note that the car park and restrooms are currently closed (07/15/2020). The trail is well maintained and the views are spectacular. These are the highest cliffs in Europe, so take your time and explore the wonderful views of the ocean.Show more
#5 - Galtymore Mountain
Tipperary, County Tipperary, Ireland
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 5 h 19 m
This great trail contains a challenging ascent with rewarding views of the region. Take caution and bring proper footwear because this route can be muddy. You should also plan to wear layers since it can get windy at the top.Show more
#6 - Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Loop
Ballyhoura Trail Park
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Length: 21.9 mi • Est. 11 h 18 m
This is a great area for mountain biking. It is one of the largest mountain biking networks in Ireland.Show more
#7 - Ballinastoe Mountain Bike Loop
Ballinastoe Wood
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Length: 8.6 mi
This trail is a short car trip from Dublin City. Some of the best mountain biking in the country is right here. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and views over the Irish Sea. Show more
#8 - Millennium Cross
Portroe, County Tipperary, Ireland
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 1 h 5 m
This trail starts just off the road on the way up to The Graves of the Lienstermen. Free parking is available at Graves of the Lienstermen viewing point. The trail is a great walk for all abilities young and old with breath taking views of Lough Derg and the surrounding countryside.Show more
#9 - Lough Key Nature Trail
Lough Key Forest Park
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 26 m
#10 - Farmlands and Mesolithic Loop
Lough Boora Discovery Park
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 4 h 3 m
This is a great circular walk around the bogs. The path is family friendly and also makes for a great cycle loop.Show more
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