Route 9 travels from Queen Elizabeth Bridge in Belfast and Slieve Gullion (south of Newry) via Lisburn, Craigavon, Portadown and Scarva. You'll pass rivers, lakes and beautiful parks - perfect for nature lovers and budding wildlife spotters.

Belfast to Portadown

National Route 9 follows the River Lagan towpath south-west from Belfast to Lisburn, from here meandering along small country roads with some short hills to the most southerly shore of Lough Neagh.

The route continues to Craigavon and Portadown along custom-built traffic-free paths. National Route 9 between Kilmore Bridge and Newry Canal is part of the Craigavon Cycle Trail and Belfast to Portadown also forms part of EuroVelo 1.

Portadown to Newry and Slieve Gullion

The route follows the towpath on the western bank of the now non-navigable Newry Canal for the 20 miles to link Portadown and Newry. National Route 9 continues for a short stretch on minor roads to Camlough and Slieve Gullion Courtyard Centre.

Things to see and do

  • River Lagan
  • Belfast Botanical Gardens
  • Lisburn Market House
  • Craigavon Lake
  • River Bann, Portadown
  • Giant's Ring megalithic tomb, Lagan Valley Regional Park.

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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