National Route 96 of the National Cycle Network connects Toome and Coleraine, Co Londonderry.

This route is perfect for those new to cycling because there are lots of traffic-free sections and its mainly flat. The route starts in Toomebridge on the banks of Loch Neagh and travels north past Lough Beg, a small freshwater lake.  From here the route continues on to the village of Portglenone which has an ancient woodland with well-marked nature trails. 

Continuing onwards the route travels to Ballymoney, one of the oldest towns in Ireland with many historic buildings in the town centre and onto Coleraine. 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 which has been claimed as the oldest site of human settlement in Ireland.

Leaving Coleraine, you can continue out to the seaside village of Castlerock, where you can admire the stunning coastal views. There is an 18th-century ruined palace on the clifftop known as the Mussenden Temple, which is one of the most photographed scenes in Ireland. The 17th-century Hezlett House is worth a visit and is found at the crossroads near the village.

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.

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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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