Route: A 'figure of 8' route incorporating Ballyshannon and Pettigo in the north, crossing the border into the Republic of Ireland, where the route takes in Carrick-on-Shannon and Clones. The suggested start is Enniskillen Visitor Centre but the route can be joined anywhere.
Distance: 230 miles in total, with a number of shorter loops possible.
Route Type: The route is almost entirely on road following country lanes.
The Kingfisher Cycle Trail was the first long distance cycle trail in Ireland and follows minor country roads through the border counties of Fermanagh, Leitrim, Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan, travelling through countryside dotted with rivers and loughs (lakes). The many attractions en route include the Lough Scur Dolmen, Castle Coole and the Marble Arch caves.
Split into two major loops which meet on an east-west trajectory between Belcoo and Florence Court, Drumcard (south of Enniskillen) and named after the kingfisher due to its long associations with the lakes, fishing and the tranquillity of the particular rural surrounds, the route's setting using beautiful quiet country roads is well suited to cycling and the route is fairly flat with some gently undulating hills. It is therefore suitable for all levels of cycling from seasoned cyclists to family groups. The 'figure of 8' alignment lends itself to either a long holiday or completing shorter loops.
Maps: NN92 NCN The North West Trail shows all of the route north of Clones and Dowra; NN9B NCN Belfast-Ballyshannon Cycle Route shows the southern half of the northern loop between Belleek and Enniskillen; NN9C NCN Ballyshannon-Ballycastle Cycle Route shows the northern half of the northern loop between Enniskillen and Belleek.
Important: If you are using the ferry crossing on Lough Erne between Derrylin and Newtownbutler (map) we have been advised that you must phone ahead at least 24 hours in advance on (028) 6773 8118.
The Kingfisher Cycle Trail follows minor country roads through the border counties of Fermanagh, Leitrim, Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan forming a rough 'figure of 8' that takes in many Loughs from Lower Lough Erne in the north, to Lough Allen and Upper Lough Erne in the south.