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Long distance rides in Northern Ireland and the Border Counties

Two cyclist stop to take a break by the water

The Sperrins Region, National Route 95, Sperrins, Northern Ireland.

Rossnowlagh beach, Northern Ireland

What better way to explore the beautiful scenery of Northern Ireland than by bike. From ancient castles to stunning coastline you'll be in awe.

1. Ballyshannon to Ballycastle

Starting in Ireland at the Atlantic coast, this route heads inland from Ballyshannon, over the border towards Lough Erne.

2. Belfast to Ballyshannon

Belfast to Ballyshannon via: Lisburn, Portadown, Armagh, Dungannon, Cookstown, Omagh, Enniskillen, Belcoo

3. Kingfisher Trail

The Kingfisher Cycle Trail follows minor country roads through the border counties of Fermanagh, Leitrim, Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan forming a rough 'figure of 8' that takes in many Loughs from Lower Lough Erne in the north, to Lough Allen and Upper Lough Erne in the south.

Buy the Fermanagh Lakelands & Tyrone Cycle Map.

4. Loughshore Trail

A mostly level 113 mile circuit of Lough Neagh, the largest freshwater lake in Britain and Ireland, on quiet, virtually traffic-free minor roads and lanes with short stretches of traffic-free path. The route takes in Antrim, Portadown and Toome along the way.

Buy the Causeway Coast & Glens Cycle Map.

5. The Sperrins Region

The Sperrins Region is an area of outstanding natural beauty, which is located in the West of Northern Ireland. It stretches from the Donegal border in the west, to Lough Neagh in the east and the Atlantic shores in the north.

6. The North West Trail

The North West Trail is a 326km circular cycle route through counties Donegal, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Leitrim, and Sligo in the North West of Ireland.

7. Strangford Lough Cycle Trail

The route passes by Delamont Country Park, Inch Abbey, Downpatrick St Patrick Centre, Exploris, Portaferry, Scrabo Tower, Newtownards, Castle Espie and Nendrum with stunning scenic views of Strangford Lough, the Irish Seacoast and the Mourne Mountains en route.

Buy the Belfast, Down & Armagh Cycle Mapof the area.

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Discover the National Cycle Network

Whether you walk, cycle, run or ride a horse, there's plenty of opportunity for adventure and getting involved!

children cycling

Cycling is a great way to have fun as a family and these routes have lots of things to see and do along the way.

cyclist admiring route view

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