The route forms 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.
The route is almost entirely on road following country lanes, and a number of shorter routes are possible.
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), the route is named after the kingfisher due to its long associations with the lakes, fishing and the tranquillity of the particular rural surrounds. Its 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.
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.