Holiday Activities in County Down

Cycling in the Mournes and East Down

Welcome to Mourne and the Ring of Gullion where there are many good on and off road cycle routes for both novice and more experienced cyclists. Cycle touring is a good option for holidaymakers and locals alike with short and long distance routes through mountain valleys, lough shores and forest parks with lots of places to stop and visit on your journey.

Cycle friendly accommodation

Cyclists staying at Oakleigh House B&B

As well as a comfortable en-suite room and hearty breakfast Oakleigh House B&B can also offer a packed lunch consisting of hot flask, sandwiches, muesli bar or chocolate and fruit. Though we hope it does not rain during your stay a drier is available for guest use. Cycles can be locked in a brick garage overnight.

Cycle Routes

If you are not familiar with this area the cycle routes guide is available for download at or can be picked up at any local Tourist Centre. There is a map for most routes with detailed directions

Mountain Bike Trails

Cycling the Mournes

There are 25km of world class mountain bike trails in Castlewellan Forest Park powered by Chain Reaction Cycles. Green (4km) blue (4.5km) and red (19km) trails provide a must visit for mountain bikers of all ages and abilities.

Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails, Kilbroney Park, with a trail network of over 50km, offer challenging mountain biking along the shores and hills of Carlingford Lough. With a 27km red trail and a 19km black trail, Rostrevor is believed to be the top spot for mountain biking in Ireland.

Cycle Hire

  • Clearsky Newcastle and Castlewellan Bike Hire
    028 4372 3933
  • Mourne Cycle Tours, Kilcoo
    028 4372 4348
  • Mourne Foods Cycle Trail, Newcastle
    028 4372 2392
  • Ross Cycles, Castlewellan
    028 4377 8029
  • Life Adventure Mountain Bike Rental, Castlewellan
    028 4377 0714