mountain bike course designers have impressed upon us the
enormity of the potential for mountain biking in the quarry.
Designed properly, Magheramorne would be on the mountain biking
World Cup circuit. At the same time, the variety of opportunities
for different courses would allow for beginners.
plans are for:
downhill courses of various grades
five miles of downhill courses in total
arena at the finish of the downhill courses
facilities, including café, changing facilities,
hire shop and overnight accommodation
four cross (jumps and hurdles) course
A cross-country circuit running for over three miles, not
only within the quarry but throughout the site
the mountain biking attracting cyclists from all over the
UK, Ireland and beyond, and competing with Fort William as
the leading centre in the British Isles.
Plans for the cycling centre are shortly to be submitted for detailed planning permission. To view the key plans click here.
a depth of more than 20 metres (65 ft), the large lake in
the quarry is likely to prove a major attraction for experienced
scuba divers. There is no equivalent inland scuba diving and
scuba diver-training opportunity in the North or the South.
unaffected by tides, and less affected by poor weather conditions
than open water, the lake has the potential for all year round
scuba diving. Less experienced scuba divers will also benefit
from its hazard-free environment. The lake has already been
used occasionally in the past for Police scuba diver training.
Irish Lodge on Islandmagee currently provides the best open-water
dive resort in Northern Ireland. The opportunity to provide
high quality sea and inland scuba diving within such close
proximity to one another is unparalleled in the UK and Ireland.