Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking is one of the fastest growing adventure activities in the UK and Ireland. It involves riding purpose-built mountain bikes on a variety of off-road terrain. With a number of competitive platforms on offer in Northern Ireland, mountain biking is a fantastic sport with a very active social scene.

More and more people are taking up mountain biking as a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the Mourne Mountains and their stunning landscapes, with a bit of adrenaline thrown in for good measure! 

We cater for any biking enthusiasts, with facilities to wash your bike here, as well as secure overnight storage.

We have the information below on the closest trails, and for more information and a full listing, visit Here are the 3 trails right on the doorstep of Cherryhill Lodge:

Tollymore – Only This skills course has approximately 1.5 km of singletrack trail, with a wide range of features, including rollers, berms, drop offs, table tops, rock sections, northshore and log rolls.

The variety and size of the features ensures that there are plenty of opportunities for all bikers to develop their riding and concentrate on specific skills in a progressive manner. 

Castlewellan– Less than a 10 minute drive from Cherryhill is one of Northern Ireland's most famous lakes, a stunning Victorian Castle, incredible panoramic views and flowing singletrack; in the lively village of Castlewellan. 

Castlewellan Forest Park boasts all of this and more. With green, blue and red grade trails (including black options) Castlewellan is a must-visit for mountain bikers of all ages and abilities. 

Rostrevor– A little further away, around 18km or so on the shores of Carlingford Lough, the Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails offer some challenging mountain biking where efforts are rewarded with incredible coastal views and exhilarating singletrack descents.

With a mouth-watering 27km red trail and a hair raising 19km black trail Rostrevor is believed by many to be the top spot for mountain biking in Ireland.

When you add not just one but two purpose-built downhill trails to the mix, there’s no denying it… Rostrevor is a mountain bikers’ haven!


There are also local providers who cater for anyone wishing to mountain bike, no matter what level you are at. One such provider is Ride The Mournes, and can be found at


Ride the Mournes is Northern Ireland's premier mountain biking company. Using their wealth of experience, passion for this fast developing adventure sport and high levels of professionalism, they offer a wide range of activities. Only an hours drive from Belfast or Dublin, this area is surely one of the most stunning and beautiful areas in the UK and Ireland, if not Europe, to mountain bike. Whatever you need - skills classes, family outings, guiding, specialist women's outings, bike maintenance or repair and general trail advice – Ride the Mounes are able to help.