Ireland’s first alpine roller coaster set to open in May

Speed through the wonderful woodland surroundings of Colin Glen Forest Park on Ireland’s first alpine roller coaster set to open in May.

After a year of disruption to planned construction work that meant the original opening date had to be pushed back, Ireland’s first alpine roller coaster is set to open in May.

The first of its kind on the island, Colin Glen is set to launch an impressive alpine coaster and Ireland’s longest zipline in an attempt to attract visitors to the West Belfast park.

Ahead of its opening, the team at Colin Glen is giving local school children in Northern Ireland the chance to get involved and name the two new world-class attractions.

An exciting new attraction – fun for all the family

Ireland's first alpine roller coaster is set to open this spring.
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The woodland roller coaster is reminiscent of ‘alpine coaster’ style rides that are popular across a number of ski resorts.

Stretching to an impressive 565 metres (1854 ft) in length, the West Belfast toboggan features 22 twists, two tunnels, and reaches speeds of up to 25 mph (40 kph).

A truly one-of-a-kind experience, a ride on the rollercoaster will see visitors experience the winding woodlands of Colin Glen Forest Park like never before.

Alongside the impressive roller coaster, Colin Glen is also set to open two new ziplines at 235 m (771 ft) and the other stretching 700 m (2297 ft), making it the longest zipline in Ireland.

These thrilling attractions will give visitors the chance to speed along the treetops of Colin Glen Forest Park and soar above the Belfast skyline at speeds of up to 55 mph (88 kph).

Don’t forget to take in the mind-blowing views over the city and valley of County Down as you zip along!

Colin All Creatives – a chance to name Belfast’s new attractions

NI schoolchildren have the chance to name Belfast's latest attractions.
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Ahead of the launch of Ireland’s first alpine roller coaster set to open in May, Colin Glen has launched the Colin All Creatives competition to give Northern Ireland schoolchildren the chance to name their new attractions.

The nationwide competition calls on primary school children from P4 to P7 to suggest a name for the alpine coaster, and secondary school students from years 8 to 10 asked to think of names for the two dual ziplines.

Competition winners will not only claim bragging rights for naming what are set to be some of Belfast’s biggest attractions, but they will also win a visit to the coaster and ziplines for their whole class.

Competition rules – how to enter

Ireland's first alpine roller coaster is set to open in May 2021.
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The competition closes on Tuesday 23 March 2021 at 5 pm, and winners will be announced in the week commencing 29 March 2021.

Entries can be submitted by parents and children or by teachers, from individual pupils or as a class entry.

Visit the Colin Glen website to submit your entry via their online form and read more about the competition’s terms and conditions.

Ireland’s first alpine roller coaster is set to open in May subject to government guidelines, and competition winners can visit the attractions from late 2021 to early 2022.

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