A quick overview of a mix of off road and road rides in the region.
Please ensure that both you and your bike are in good working order and always wear a helmet. Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to get back. Take responsibility for your own actions and ride within your abilities. Leave no trace.
16 km Coillte trail designed by Dafydd Davis. 7 km west of Oughterard on the N59 to Clifden. The entrance is directly opposite the lay-by at Lough Bofin. Beautiful scenery and lots of midges in summer so bring your skin-so-soft. Download a map here. If you want a shorter/easier loop you can continue up the fireroad and join the last sections of the singletrack.
Moycullen Woods. (OPEN)
Short XC loop right in the village. Park up behind the retirement home (turn right at traffic lights if coming from Galway and it’s on your left). Follow the MTB signs – kind of a clockwise loop. Note that there is a new diversion in place at the end of Don’t Panic which brings you along the bypass (aka the hyperspatial express route) back out to the start where you need to keep left (3 lefts and you are back on the trail).
Hand built cross country extended to around about 10km now thanks to Sean, Paul, and a few others. Mostly singletrack. Access on the RHS just before the grotto at the Brothers of Charity in Clarenbridge. Cut yer bars – its narrow!
Kylebrack, Loughrea (OPEN)
More hand built cross country trails – this time with hills. Expending all the time due to all the work being carried out by Will, Aidan, Michael and all their trail gnomes. Park at the Hilltop Bar and seek out the trails.
Brooklodge Woods, Ballyglunin. (OPEN)
3km XC loop built by Fran in the old-school ways, nothing complicated but still hard work. Park at Brooklodge Church and spin 500m down road where you turn into dirt road on left.
Note. Glee has been felled so is unrideable and Linker will have to be re routed due to a large number of fallen beech trees. There is an additional loop at the start – take 1st right and come around in a figure of eight. Andy’s Ridge also continues over so that Tunnel can be avoided when wet.
Off Road Rides
Rosscahill Woods Fire Road – flat fireroad loop – mostly an out-and-back but with a loop at the outermost section.
New Village Loop – can be ridden in either direction – steep climbs followed by gravelly descents – lovely views. map here
Oughterard – Doon – Seanafestin-Oughterard – a long loop on a mix of quiet roads and fire road – use the back roads to stay off the N59. A real network of fire roads. Link to map here
Oughterard – Casla – Maam Cross – Oughterard
Oughterard – Casla – Spiddal – Moycullen – Oughterard
Maam Cross – Recess – Clifden – Roundstone – Maam Cross
Around Lough Corrib