Causeway Gateway - North Antrim towns, Ballymoney and Coleraine (Route 96)

National Route 96 of the National Cycle Network runs through Coleraine and Ballymoney and connects with the Causeway Coast Cycle Route.

This route formerly ran from the top of Lough Neagh to Coleraine on the North Antrim coast. However, as much of it was on busy roads, it is now two separate sections of urban cycling in the town of Ballymoney and the university town of Coleraine.

Ballymoney is one of the oldest towns in Ireland with many historic buildings in the town centre. The route runs along the Ballymoney River through Riverside Park, which is traffic-free.

Coleraine sits on the River Bann and to the east of the town is Mountsandel Forest, which contains the Mount Sandel fort, an ancient site that has been claimed as the oldest site of human settlement in Ireland. The route here runs along a stretch of the River Bann, parallel to Strand Road and is also traffic-free.

The Causeway Gateway route is mainly flat and traffic-free, so is suitable for all abilities, whether you're walking, wheeling or cycling.

Points of interest

  • Coleraine is known for its shopping. There is an information centre in the square off Bridge Street.

  • The Giant’s Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage site centred on a unique geological formation of basalt columns. It is the most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland.

  • The coast has also become very popular with Game of Thrones fans as it featured in many episodes of the fantasy HBO series.
  • In Ballymoney, visit the Dunlop Memorial Grounds named after the late racing driver Joey Dunlop, who is from the town. There is also a museum and information centre on Ballymoney High Street.


Useful information

Public transport links:

  • There are rail links in both Ballymoney and Coleraine. Check Translink timetables for information.


Nearby routes

For more experienced cyclists Route 96 connects with the Causeway Coast Cycle Route, part of NCN 93, but note that most of this is on-road.


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.

Please help us protect this route

Route 96 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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