Published: 28th APRIL 2017

Easy rides in Northern Ireland

Be free for a day and experience what Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have to offer. Here are our top easy rides and walks on the National Cycle Network in Northern Ireland - perfect for a family fun day out or a chilled rendezvous with your friends.

Family walking with bicycles over a bridge

What better way to explore Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland than by bike? Cycling along part of the National Cycle Network, taking in beautiful scenery at a leisurely pace. Follow country lanes, waterside paths and traffic-free paths.

The National Cycle Network has miles of walking and cycling routes and over one-third is completely traffic-free, perfect for all, including families and those new to cycling.

Causeway Coast Cycle Route: Giants Causeway to Magilligan Point

This stunning 23-mile cycle route runs along the North Atlantic coast from Castlerock to the Giant's Causeway via Coleraine and forms part of National Route 93.

Comber Greenway - Belfast to Comber

The Comber Greenway is a wonderfully tranquil green corridor that provides local people with a traffic-free route for walking or cycling. As you travel from Comber to the heart of East Belfast you’ll be treated to views of Stormont, Scrabo Tower, the Harland & Wolff cranes, and the Belfast Hills.

ecos Cycle Trail - Ballymena to Glenarm

The ecos Cycle Trail is a 17-mile cycle route between Ballymena and Glenarm, mainly along quiet minor roads through and passing over the Antrim Plateau.

Foyle Valley Cycle Route - Derry to Strabane

Connecting Derry City to the border towns of Lifford and Strabane, this cycle route is a mixture of traffic-free paths and quiet country roads and lanes which crosses between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Inis Eoghain Cycleway - Derry - Lough Swilly circuit

The Inis Eoghain Cycleway is a 36-mile loop connecting the River Foyle in County Londonderry to Lough Swilly in Donegal.

Lagan and Lough Cycle Way - Lisburn to Jordanstown

The Lagan and Lough Cycle Way is a level, traffic-free cycle ride or walk connecting Lisburn, Belfast, and Jordanstown.

Limavady Borough - Foreglen to Magilligan

A 28-mile cycle route stretching from the northern Sperrins foothills at Foreglen, through the Roe Valley, over the magnificent Binevenagh mountain with spectacular views of Lough Foyle.

Newry Canal Towpath - Newry to Portadown

This cycle and walking route from the Bann Bridge in Portadown to the Town Hall in Newry is a 20 mile trip on part of route 9 of the National Cycle Network. The route follows the towpath on the western bank of the now non-navigable Newry Canal.

North Down - Bangor to Newtownards

Connecting Bangor to Newtownards, this cycle route is a mixture of traffic-free paths and quiet country roads and lanes. It starts off on the traffic-free North Down Coastal Path through Crawfordsburn Country Park before heading inland to Newtownards past the Clandeboye Estate on country roads.

Ulster Canal - Tynan to Clones

A 48-mile linear cycle trail between Maghery, Co Armagh and Clones Co Monaghan.

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