Coolaney National Mountain Bike Centre is a planned world-class 80km National Mountain Bike Trail Centre consisting of single track cycling trails and related facilities. The site is proposed on the Coillte-owned Coolaney Forest on the Ox Mountains and along the Wild Atlantic Way in County Sligo in Ireland. In August 2017 it received 840,000 Euros (from the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme).
The Coolaney site is 15 minutes from Sligo, 40 minutes from Knock Airport, 2 hours from Galway and 2.5 from Dublin. Sligo, a Fáilte Ireland-designated Adventure Hub, is a key regional transport centre with a growing status as Ireland’s Adventure Capital for outdoor activities, and all the essential services, infrastructure and attractions required by visitors.
- 80 km of single track covering multiple gradings. More to follow.
- Led by the sole landowner, Coillte, who initially identified the suitability of the site for a mountain biking centre of national importance, the project Steering Group also includes representatives of Sligo County Council, Local Enterprise Office, Sligo LEADER Partnership, the local community and Northwest Mountain Biking Club. The project has received significant support from all regional development agencies, national and international cycling and mountain biking enthusiasts, clubs and businesses, and the local community.
- Since 2012 the Group have been promoting and working towards establishing the National Mountain Bike Trail Centre. They have consulted widely with the local community, enthusiasts, businesses and statutory bodies in relation to the project. With Sligo LEADER support, the Group commissioned a Feasibility Study and trail Corridor Evaluation for the Coolaney site, which confirmed the suitability of the site for a mountain biking centre of world-class standard. The Group has also promoted the project on an international basis generating considerable interest in and support for the National Mountain Bike Trail Centre from a very receptive world-wide audience.