Belfast to Slieve Gullion Cycle Route

The Belfast to Slieve Gullion Cycle Route travels from Queen Elizabeth Bridge in Belfast to 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.

The long-distance cycle route is very scenic, travelling through Northern Ireland towards the border.

From Belfast, the route courses on paths and roads (roughly half of the route is traffic-free) towards Camlough, a beautiful lake within the Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Highlights along the way include Craigavon Lake and the River Bann at Portadown.

Between Belfast and Portadown, the route initially follows National Cycle Network Route 9 along the River Lagan towpath to Lisburn.

From here, it meanders along small country roads with some short hills to the most southerly shore of Lough Neagh.

From Portadown, the route follows the towpath on the western bank of the Newry Canal for 20 miles to Newry.

The route then continues for a short stretch on minor roads to Campough and Slieve Gullion Courtyard Centre.

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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