The Sperrins lie at the heart of Northern Ireland and are home to one of its top mountain bike destinations at Davagh Forest. Waiting on you are some lightning quick trails covering over 26km and a skills course. There are also 7.5km of blue trail and 3km of green, in addition to some stunningly scenic views of the Sperrins.
If this has enticed you to make the Sperrins your next mountain bike trip, we’ve provided some helpful information below like driving times, travel plan ideas and suggestions for where to eat and drink, to help make the most of your trip. You can also download our useful ‘Mountain Bikers Guide to Davagh Forest’ which is packed full of pre and post ride recommendations to help make the most of your trip to the Sperrins.
Check out our new video with Irish mountain bike racer Killian Callaghan and Northern Irish racer Kelan Grant mountain biking in the Sperrins to see what’s waiting for you!
TIME FROM DUBLIN: 2 HOURS 25 MINS
TIME FROM GALWAY: 3 HOURS 55 MINS
TIME FROM CORK: 5 HOURS
TIME FROM DONEGAL: 1 HOUR 30 MINS
After your drive to the Sperrins, enjoy a pint of something refreshing and some great company with the locals at The Shepherd’s Rest. Then hit the hay at the popular An Creagán Cottages which are located just 9 miles from Davagh Forest. Waiting on you there will be free parking and WiFi, as well as bike hire. They’re also offering 10% discount with the discount code “RideNorth”.
Expect some of the finest rock features in the country as you navigate Davagh Forest’s 16km of red trail. Still considered by many to be Northern Ireland’s “hidden gem”, it offers options for all riders. Younger and less experienced riders can enjoy Davagh’s green and blue trails, but if it’s adrenaline you’re after then Davagh Forest’s red trail will deliver in abundance!
Located about 20 minutes from the trails, Cookstown is full of great spots for mountain bikers to visit. From cafés and restaurants, to shops and some fantastic local pubs, you’ll find plenty to do after your day’s riding.
After a day on Davagh Forest’s mixture of fast paced red trail and heart stopping rock features, you deserve a treat. As mountain bikers, we know that the next best thing to excellent trails is excellent food. To help plan your trip, we’ve compiled a list of MTB-Friendly places to eat and drink near Davagh Forest. Better still, loads of them have great offers on specifically for mountain bikers!
Knowing where to stay as a mountain biker can be challenging. Thankfully we’ve got a list of accommodation providers who love mountain bikers! These places all tailor their accommodation experience to mountain bikers, whether it’s offering a safe spot for your bike, washing facilities or even simply passing on some local knowledge of the area.