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Rostrevor Red Trail

The red loop at Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails burns the legs but more than rewards the eyes. Situated on the shores of Carlingford Lough, the Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails offer some challenging mountain biking where efforts are rewarded with incredible coastal views and exhilarating singletrack descents.

With a mouth watering 27km red trail and a hair raising 19km black trail Rostrevor is believed by many to be the top spot for mountain biking in Ireland.

When you add not just one but two purpose-built downhill trails to the mix, there’s no denying it… Rostrevor is a mountain bikers’ haven!


Nearest TownRostrevor
Distance16.7 miles
OS MapSheet 29
Route TypeForest
Route ShapeCircular
Public RoadsOff Public Road
Grid Ref (Start)J187180
Grid Ref (End)J187180


Purpose built mountain bike trails.

Point of Interest


Route Description

This red trail will start off with a lung-busting ascent to the heights of Slievemartin, where you can rest assured if the climb hasn’t taken your breath away, the fabulous views over Carlingford Lough will take care of this for you.

You will then be able to enjoy a number of exciting descents and section of northshore over to Yellow Water where the trail turns back and follows the Kilbroney Valley back to the trailhead.


Getting to the Start

ocated approximately 46 miles from Belfast, 75 miles from Dublin, the Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails can be found on the Shore Road between Rostrevor and Kilkeel. The trailhead is only half a mile outside Rostrevor village; signposted Rostrevor Forest/Kilbroney Park. TRAILHEAD POST CODE: BT34 3AA




Uplift service, bike hire, cafe, showers, car parking, toilets, bike wash.

Information for People with a Disability

This route has accessible toilet facilities.


Available Publication

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This information is provided by Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland, The Stableyard, Barnett's Demesne, Malone Road, Belfast, BT9 5PB.

Tel: 028 9030 3930
Fax: 028 9062 6248

Every care has been taken to ensure accuracy of the information. We cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions but where such are brought to our attention, the information will be amended accordingly.