Belfast to Lisburn, Lagan Towpath (Route 9)

Route 9 travels in sections from Queen Elizabeth Bridge in Belfast to Lisburn via the Lagan Towpath. You'll pass rivers and beautiful parks - perfect for nature lovers and budding wildlife spotters.

National Route 9 follows the River Lagan towpath south-west from Belfast to Lisburn. Being traffic-free, the Lagan towpath is ideal for families and beginners. There are plenty of places to explore including the Lagan Valley Regional Park and the Giant's Ring megalithic tomb.

The route picks up again at Craigavon and Portadown along custom-built traffic-free paths. The route follows the towpath on the western bank of the now non-navigable Newry Canal in sections between Portadown and Newry. 

Points of interest

  • Lagan Valley Regional Park incorporates not only the River Lagan and towpath but a number of public parks and National Trust properties.
  • Giants Ring archaeological site
  • The Big Fish, Donegall Quay
  • Waterfront Hall, Belfast


Useful information

Cycle repair stations:

  • Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn

Public transport links: 

  • Train links from Belfast Lanyon Place (Central Station), Lambeg and Lisburn train stations. Check Translink timetables for information.
  • Laganside Buscentre


Pedal Perks: 


Nearby Routes

  • Route 9 (Craigavon - Newry) picks up again at Craigavon and follows the towpath on the western bank of the now non-navigable Newry Canal in sections between Portadown and Newry. 
  • Route 93 - from the Big Fish going towards the ferry terminals and dockland area, you will cross onto the North Foreshore Path taking you on to Jordanstown, alongside the Belfast Lough.
  • Route 99 (Comber Greenway) - cross over the walking/cycling bridge at the Big Fish and follow Middlepath Street to join the Comber Greenway.

Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness.

However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes.

Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces.

Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure you follow the Towpath Code.

Please help us protect this route

Route 9 is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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