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Mountain Bike Taster Sessions

Mountain Biking is one of those amazing sports that we can all do, at our own pace, in areas that we know. However, when it comes to improving and developing skills, we often come up against the proverbial brick wall!

It can be difficult to find features to use and practice on, but we have them all here in Tollymore National Outdoor Centre with our purpose designed mountain bike skills course, which is approximately 1.5 km of singletrack trail.

Its features include rollers, berms, drop offs, table tops, rock sections, northshore and log rolls. The variety and size of the features ensures that there are plenty of opportunities for all bikers of all levels to develop their riding skills while having a laugh in a fun and relaxed environment.

If you want to work on your confidence on specific types of trail or on more challenging trail, or maybe you are not so confident at slow speed skills, or very rocky terrain – whatever the area, we can always work to improve. So come on down to Tollymore and have a blast around our trail with one of our very experienced, very qualified and utterly cool instructors, so you will learn from the best. And to top it all off – its totally FREE!! So what are you waiting for?


Saturday 20th September


Tollymore National Outdoor Centre

Session Times

Session 1 - 10:00 to 11:30

Session 2 - 11:30 to 13:00

Session 3 - 14:00 to 15:30

Session 4 - 15:30 to 17:00

Event Mainly Suited For

Families with older children

Fitness Level


Key Info
  • Mountain bike skills session with one of our fully qualified instructors
  • Find out what all the fuss is about with the new mountain bike trails.
  • Have some craic with family and friends.
  • Minimum age for paticipants 10. Bike hire included for 14 +.
Bookings have now closed for this event.

Please make bookings directly through the Get Outdoors Weekend website, but feel free to contact Tollymore National Outdoor Centre if you would like more specific information on the event:

Phone+44 028) 4372 2158

What to Bring

We will provide you with helmets, gloves, pads and bikes. If you are under 14yrs please bring your own bike as we have a limited number of smaller bikes.

Please bring suitable outdoor, comfy clothing and a water bottle. Showers will be available if you wish to use them afterwards.

You can also book in for lunch before or after your session, but this must be prebooked by contacting Tollymore National Outdoor Centre and there will be a charge for this.


Suitable for experienced or inexperienced bikers.

Suitable for ages 10 and up. Children under 14 must bring their own mountain bike.

Minimum Age & Activity Length

Each session will last 1.5 hours and following completion of a session you will be confident to hit the trails yourself.

What's Included

We will provide you with helmets, gloves, bikes, shin guards, etc and instruction from one of our qualified, hard core instructors (though they can tame it down, but only if you want them to!!)

Meeting Point

Just pop into the Reception at Tollymore National Outdoor Centre and let us know you have arrived. You'll then be taken to our extensive stores area to choose a suitable bike, etc.

Directions to Location

From Newcastle:

Follow B 180 towards Newry. Tollymore National Outdoor Center is approx 1.5 miles after Bryansford village on the left.

From Belfast:

Follow A24 road towards Newcastle, immediatley after Dundrum, turn right, following signs for Tollymore Forest Park. From Bryansford village, follow Newry Road. Tollymore National Outdoor Centre is approx 1.5 miles from Bryansford on the left.

From Dublin:

Follow M1 to Newry. From Newry, follow A25 to Hilltown.

From Hilltown

Take a right (signposted Newcastle) and folllow this road and you will see a sign, B180 signposted Bryansford and Newcastle - take this left. Follow road for approximately 6 miles and you will see Tollymore National Outdoo Centre on the right hand side.