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Ards Forest, Donegal

Badger Rating 4.0/5
On the coast with lots of facilities for families, Ards is one of Ireland's finest forest parks. Lots of options and great scenery, and plenty to see and do. Well worth a visit if in the area. Be especially mindful of other forest users, as this is a popular attraction.

Getting There

Accessible from the N56, heading West just after Dunfanaghy.  Park in the Forest Park itself.

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  • I LOVE Ards Forest Park. Firstly, it probably won't appeal to everyone. Not much single track, mostly fireroads, some insane back-breaking

    climbs, and speedy descents although will be of little interest to DH riders. The best thing about it is you can go out and lose yourself in

    it for 3-4hrs and not explore every path. There are a couple of nice wide single track sections but these are really meant only for walkers, so exercise discretion and be courteous.

    However, due to the vastness of the park you can sometimes ride for hours and only meet a few pedestrians. The rest of the wider paths are

    bike friendly. Some epic views from the top of the park and a brilliant little path that runs parallel to the Friary Road and links up with

    the entrance. The main entrance connects up with most of the paths so you can use this as an entry point for all the trails. I've been going

    for at least a year now and I've seen very few MTBers there but those that I saw seemed to be enjoying themselves. Best bits - epic views,

    some cool hidden paths, hours of fun. Worst bits - some of the fireroad has been laid with angular stones...can be hell to climb up and

    scary when descending. Best to get in early or in wet weather when fewer people are around. Car park/small cafe at near the beach is a good

    rest stop and you can plan your rides from there.

NOTE: The trails on this site have been ridden before, but you should not interpret their inclusion as an indication that mountain-biking is officially sanctioned on them. Seeking permission from landowners is your own responsibility, as is conducting yourself in a manner that is courteous, respectful to the environment, and conscious of the safety of others.