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Randalstown Forest, Antrim

Forest on flat terrain on the shores of Lough Neagh, with a matrix of forest tracks, 3 way-marked routes, the World of Owls, and lots of deer. Great for a quick blast, and brilliant for young family, given the easy cycling.

Getting There

Follow New Street in Randalstown village onto the Moneynick Road. Turn left onto Staffordstown Road and when you cross over the Motorway, turning left again following signs for Randalstown Forest / World of Owls.

Trail Description

From the parking area, follow the path into the forest, past the World of Owls Centre and through the turnstile. Immediately after passing through the turnstile, turn right and follow the path around the western side of the forest. Continue following this path for approx. 1,500m until you reach a 'cross-roads' of tracks.

The red arrow indicates that you turn left but, for a small diversion, turn right at this point and follow the track through another turnstile to the Randalstown Forest and Farr's Bay Nature Reserves. Then, return to the 'cross-roads' of tracks and continue following the red route.

The track soon leads you back to the starting point where, just before you turn right back to the car park, have a peek at the deer in the meadow.

There are 2 other shorter routes (yellow and blue), but also a few other options for mix and match, including short singletrack down to the bird-watching hide at the water's edge. There are a couple of faint sections of singletrack, but you need to keep your eyes peeled, as they are hard to spot from the paths.


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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.