Mountain Biking in Ballyhoura Country
Mountain Bikes can be hired at the trail centre from Trail Riders. See www.trailriders.ie
Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Centre:
A unique opportunity to enjoy Ireland’s outdoors by mountain biking in the Ballyhoura Mountains in East Limerick and North Cork. Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Centre is a trail system starting and finishing at a new trail head near the village of Ard Patrick in East Limerick. A full range of visitor services is provided at the trail head such as car parking, bike wash, showers and toilets. Use of the mountain biking trails is free with small charges applying to the other visitor services provided.
Mountain Bike Breaks in County Limerick
The mountain bike trails will be the enthusiast bike riders dream with 3 world class trails, 91 km in total, of way marked routes using a combination of forest roads and new built single track trails. The trail system is designed by the worlds leading trail designer Dafydd Davis who has designed some of the most exciting and challenging trails known to mountain bikers across the globe. There area selection of trials all with each of the circular loops offering a different experience, length and level of difficulty.
- Greenwood Loop
This is the first of five loops in the trail system in the Ballyhouras and is called the Green Wood loop. This trail takes you through the lush hillsides underneath Seefin Mountain and Black Rock and is used as the outward and inward legs for the rest of the trail network.
Length: 6 kms
- Mountrussell Loop
The Mountrussell Loop is a more technical and physically demanding version of the Greenwood Loop and follows this as far as Waypoint 1, from where the trails become a bit more technical, narrower, rockier and steeper with more climbing and more descending.
Length: 17 Km
- Garrane Loop
The Garrane Loop ventures westwards from Waypoint 3 taking in some long and fast singletrack descents as well as some long and demanding climbs on forest roads, tracks and singletrack trails
Length: 35 Km
- Streamhill Loop
The Streamhill Loop provides an initial detour from the Garrane Loop giving a longer ride before rejoining to climb higher into the mountains. It detours again from the Garrane Loop higher up and starts some of the most demanding of the trails here with fast descents and longer climbs.
Length: 41 Km
- Castlepook Loop
This is the ultimate loop of the Ballyhoura trails, being the longest and most demanding. It goes right to the southern fringes of the forest and presents you with the biggest climbs and most rewarding descents. Be prepared!
Length: 51 Km