Route 9

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Route Description

1. 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 Craignavon 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.

2. 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

Route diversions/ closures

  • Update 23 May 2016. Construction has begun on a new office block near Central Station and Maysfield in Belfast city centre, close to National Route 9 at Hauler’s Way riverfront path. Access for walkers and cyclists has not been affected as the contractors have made a temporary, good quality substitute path along the riverside, which will be maintained during the works that are expected to take two years.

For further info or queries please contact Stewart Graham, from OHMG Ltd.

To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure you follow the Towpath Code.

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Map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.

This route will eventually connect Belfast and Dublin. The route is currently open and signed between Queen Elizabeth Bridge in Belfast and Slieve Gullion (south of Newry) via Lisburn, Craigavon, Portadown and Scarva.