Lough Neagh is the biggest lake in the UK – the large chunk you see in the middle of maps of Northern Ireland.
Unfortunately, it is fairly inaccessible to visitors with little in the way of infrastructure to circumnavigate close to the water.
The Loughshore Trail is as close as you can get, but is mainly on-road and so better suited to more experienced cyclists.
After reclassification of the National Cycle Network, Sustrans has retained a small section of Route 94 which runs close to the Lough between Antrim and Randalstown.
The route starts at Dublin Road, in Antrim town, close to the junction with Kirby Lane.
This is the most scenic section, running close to the lough and around Massereene Golf Club. It then follows the Sixmilewater river inland to Antrim Castle Gardens and Clotworthy House.
It then becomes a shared-use path along the A6 road most of the way to Randalstown. To reach Randalstown the path crosses the busy M2 roundabout.
There is a short on-road section on the A6 into Randalstown as far as Station Road. There is then a traffic-free path along the spectacular Randalstown railway viaduct crossing the Main River.
Points of interest
- Beautiful Lough Neagh stretches as far as the eye can see.
- Picnic or go fishing at the Sixmilewater river in Antrim.
- Visit Antrim Castle Gardens and Clotworthy House.
- See the spectacular Randalstown viaduct designed by Charles Lanyon.
Public transport links:
- Antrim bus and train station
Lough to lough: Take the 20 minute train journey to Mossley West and join Route 93 in Newtownabbey, which leads to Belfast Lough.
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.