Foyle Valley Cycle Route

Route Details

  • From - to: Derry/Londonderry to Strabane
  • Distance: 21 miles
  • Type: Mixture of traffic-free paths and quiet country roads 
  • Surface: Tarmac
  • National Cycle network: Route 92

Route Descritption

Connecting Derry City to the border towns of Lifford and Strabane this cycle route is a mixture of traffic free paths and quiet country roads and lanes which crosses between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. There are many attractions along the route including the Foyle Valley Railway Museum or Gray's Printer's Museum.

Starting close to the Tourist Information Centre in Derry, a new five mile section of traffic free path runs south towards the County Donegal border. From here, minor roads lead to the villages of Carrigans and Saint Johnston.

After reaching Lifford the route crosses the Foyle River into the market town of Strabane finishing at the town's Tourist Information Centre. At the end of the route you will find magnificent stainless steel and bronze figure sculptures known as Let the Dance Begin. Standing 5.5 metres high, the figures represent a merging of two cultures rich in music and dance.

Need more information? Download the Foyle Valley Cycle Route leaflet.

Art trail

The route is one of Sustrans Art Trails.  Two viewing structures made by artist Noah Rose from a disused railway foot-bridge, form a work of two halves that cleverly parallels the North South political divide in Ireland. Each half of the bridge is installed opposite the other and cantilevered out over the river to form a bisected bridge across the River Foyle. At night the empty span is connected by a laser light, a virtual bridge, to symbolise the uniting of the divided halves. More info..

Local attractions

Latitude: 
54.91507847583123
Longitude: 
-7.402048740234479
Zoom level: 
11

Connecting Derry City to the border towns of Lifford and Strabane this cycle route is a mixture of traffic free paths and quiet country roads and lanes which crosses between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Length: 
21 miles