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A road trip through Ireland in search of the best trails? Sounds like something for the bucket list. Follow Scotty Laughland on his MTB journey through the Emerald Isle.

“I had 5 days to explore the trail networks and enjoy the Irish hospitality. Our trip started early as we took the boat from Scotland and arrived in Belfast harbour early afternoon. My first riding spot would be straight off the boat at Cave Hill, nestled in the grounds of a castle overlooking Belfast Harbour; it was the perfect opportunity to stretch the legs after a morning’s travel.

We climbed up through greenery and emerged out of the forest with views of the city of Belfast and the Irish Sea. The trails here were well shaped and feature rich, this was perfect for a shakedown and an afternoon’s explore – every trail was hand built, natural and weaved its way through luscious green ferns under a dense canopy.

We were staying that night in Belfast and went out to get a feel for the city. After sampling the goods of one of the breweries, we headed home as it was an early rise to head south. Passing by Dublin, our next stop would be Glencullen Adventure Park which I’d say is Ireland’s premier bike park. After a stacked Irish Breakfast bap, we’d spend the day using their shuttle system of minibus and trailer. Here, there’s a trail for everyone, from fun and flowy blue lines to orange jump lines full of gaps and drops to black-graded natural and technical trails. The quick turnaround of shuttles meant it was easy to get in multiple laps of each and find all the right lines.

How would I sum up my time in Ireland? Well, after visiting all 5 locations, I rode 5 very different styles of trail, each unique to the landscapes they were set in, and it allowed me to discover some of the culture and hospitality on offer. All I can say is, I’ll be back!”

– Scotty Laughland

Wed 28th Jun, 2023 @ 9:30 pm

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