Rostrevor Mountain Bike Centre

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Rostrevor Mountain Bike Centre, Kilbroney Forest Park, Shore Road, Rostrevor, BT34 3AA
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Rostrevor Mountain Bike Centre is just outside Rostrevor Village on the shores of Carlingford Lough in Northern Ireland.

These trails are approximately 74km from Belfast and 120km from Dublin. The MTB trails at Rostrevor consist of a 27km red trail, a 19km black graded MTB trail and two downhill trails. 

Red Trail

  • The red graded MTB trail is 27km long. It is flowing singletrack with fun twisty descents. 

Black Trail

  • The black graded MTB trail is 27km long and goes the same way as the red to the top of Slievemartin and then splits off at the forest.
  • Expect technical singletrack that is quite rocky in places, strewn with boulders and with some neat Northshore thrown in for good measure. 

Mega Mission Downhill Track

  • The Mega Mission is a 1.8km Downhill trail. Expect a fast flowing descent with jumps galore and big berms. 

On The Pulse Downhill Track

  • The On The Pulse is a 1.3km Downhill trail. It's tight, twisty, rocky, full of slabs and rock steps. It is very technical, gnarly with large boulders, drop off's and gap jumps. 
  • In the summer of 2017, Mourne Heritage Trust in partnership with Davidson Trails completed upgrade works on the bottom section of the On the Pulse downhill trail. This work improved the overall flow of the trail, added in a number of new drops, two new jumps and added two new sections of trail with a more natural feel to them. This section was used for the Irish Downhill Mountain Bike Series (22nd - 23rd July).

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Directions

  • The trailhead is on the Shore Road between Rostrevor and Kilkeel. And half a mile outside Rostrevor village; signposted Rostrevor Forest/Kilbroney Park. BT34 3AA. Translink operates a regular Goldline Service 238 from Belfast (Europa Buscentre) to Newry 7 days a week. This service can accommodate 2 full sized bicycles in the luggage compartment free of charge. Passengers are encouraged to book with Translink on +44(0)28 9066 6630 before travelling. From Newry, jump on the bikes and head towards Warrenpoint taking care on the A2 which can be busy. Kilbroney Forest Park is approximately 10 miles from Newry.

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Rostrevor Mountain Bike Centre
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Carlingford Lough

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Trail Variety
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Skills Development
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Rostrevor
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Excellent bike park. Friendly and experienced staff. Uplift service is great and very regular, with a very helpful and funny driver. Who went out of his way to come back to pick me up after a puncture.
Great variety of trails, from very technical stuff, to Mega Mission which has huge jumps and Berms. You can ride the stuff whether you are experienced, or in my case a beginner, the faster you go, the more challenging it becomes.
Very helpful staff who will give you plenty of advice, and if you offer them Chicken Nuggets and a can of Harp, they will actually go up the trails with you to show you what and where to go.
Rental bikes available are new and in perfect order.

User Review

Good Points
Great staff
Great variety of trails
Great uplift service
Great views
Great rental bikes
Bad Points
Nothing negative to add really.
Would you recommend?
Yes
T
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Overall rating 
 
4.4
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
4.5
Took the bikes over on the ferry from Birkenhead to Belfast as we were staying at a lovely barn conversion (Crotlieve 4 bed 3 bath and good bike cleaning facilities). This was my first ride in Northern Ireland and was delighted to see we were staying 100m from the Rostrevor MTB trail. On Sunday I joined the trail high up the valley and was directed by a few friendly local riders towards 'Heart Attack Hill' - I edged my bets as I was riding solo and pushed as I neared the top. From there I really enjoyed the variety of the trail, very different from my local trails at Swinley Forest (I'll post a few photos), you can make the ride as difficult as you want or are able. On the many rocky sections it was a good boost to confidence every time you come through unscathed, managed to navigate back to Crotlieve. Could wait to take my 14 year old lad out during the week, this time we took the road downhill to the start of the trail in Rostrevor. From there it was a hard ride and push in parts to the top (didn't find the uplift service, but did see it in use later in the week). We were rewarded with spectacular views but eventually we found ourselves above the cloud base. We took the Red trail down and absolutely loved it, I'd recommend lights as visibility was poor in the depth of the woods with the cloud, a good test though (could be my eyes!). All in all a most enjoyable ride and a good workout.

User Review

Good Points
Great location above Carlingford Lough
Trails are as testing as you make them
Photo opportunities
Mid-week real feeling of being away from the madding crowd
Friendly MTB riders
Good work-out
Bad Points
I couldn't quite make it up 'Heart Attack' hill (that's avoidable if you start at the beginning)
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Overall rating 
 
2.9
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
2.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
2.0
i enjoy riding here but would much rather ride natural trails

User Review

Good Points
there is a good variety of trails here
the views are epic
Bad Points
the dh trails are not really suitable for beginners or for learning.
lacks changing facilities
brutal first climb needs to be single track puts new riders off going
Would you recommend?
Yes
LC
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Bit of a let down...
Overall rating 
 
1.5
Grin Factor 
 
1.0
Trail Variety 
 
1.0
Skills Development 
 
1.0
Trail Quality  
 
1.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
The new trail centre trails promised so much yet delivered so little. Uplift service is excellent though, great for getting to all the natural/trail fairy built trails (which are some of the best in NI)

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No
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Rostrevor
Overall rating 
 
2.0
Grin Factor 
 
1.5
Trail Variety 
 
2.0
Skills Development 
 
2.0
Trail Quality  
 
2.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
As i said, good if you are in the area but I thought I had to put a more realistic review up, to be graded near 5 out of 5 against much much better trail centres is a bit of a joke.

I have rode in Scotland more times this year than I have rode in Rostrever trails, and with Rossy being only a 50 minute drive from me should tell you all you need!

User Review

Good Points
Its Local, good for a loop if you are in the area.
It has a few fun parts towards the end.
Nice Cafe & some showers etc being installed at the minute.
Bad Points
Lots I am sorry to say.
Straight out of the car park you have a real boring fire road climb, it would put a lot of people off the full loop, it is long and fairly steep and could have been avoided by putting an interesting singletrack climb.

Most of the trail side is littered with stupid large rocks which when the grass grows around them are near impossible to see which makes even the smallest mistake a costly one.

Far to many silly 'breaking?' bumps and badly placed rock gardens, just ruin any flow you can get.

As for the DH trails, they just are not worth the push/pedal/uplift up, most local riders will stick to the older natural DH trails.

Uplift service needs a lot of work on the trailers, the driver is a great guy and good craic but the trailers are badly made and bikes/forks etc get marked.
Would you recommend?
Yes
K
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Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

User Review

Good Points
Trail is fantastic. Plenty of variety and stunning views.
Bad Points
None
Would you recommend?
Yes
C
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(Updated: October 13, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
4.5

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Yes
RK
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Best ever!!
(Updated: October 13, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Well done to all concerned in getting this brilliant facility up and running. It's obvious so much hard work has gone into this.

User Review

Good Points
Such a great variety of trails for all abilities.
Staff are second to none.
So good to see such a fantastic facility in Northern Ireland
Bad Points
Can't think of any!
Would you recommend?
Yes
JG
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(Updated: October 13, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

User Review

Good Points
Excellent uplifts.
Variety of trails for all levels
Downhill/xc trails all of a high standard
Great facilities
Would you recommend?
Yes
CC
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Amazing
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.5

User Review

Good Points
One of a kind world class facilities
Bad Points
The winter season is coming and it will rain
Would you recommend?
Yes
BC
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