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A County by County Guide to Cycling in Northern Ireland

Cycle through Northern Ireland and you will be rewarded with incredible views of vast and varied landscapes, from dramatic coasts to patchwork fields that blanket the rolling hills. This county by county guide will give you a flavour of the variety that each county has to offer.

Click on a county or area name on the map to view more information.
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Dramatic Coastlines

Come to County Antrim to cycle through the stunning rugged coastline that merges seamlessly into a landscape of historical glens. There is no better way to see some of Northern Ireland’s top tourist spots including the Giant’s Causeway and Bushmills Distillery than from two wheels. Why not take a ferry over to explore Rathlin Island? If you are lucky, this tranquil setting will provide a chance encounter with puffins and seals.

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Rolling Countryside

The “orchard county”, as Armagh is often referred to, is a beautiful cycling destination and one of the true hidden treasures of rural Ireland. Explore the network of country roads - May is a great time to visit when the orchards are a mass of pink and white flowers. Alternatively, go off-road in Gosford Forest Park or in Craigavon Lakes on the Family Cycle Trail, two great destinations for those seeking an adventure by bike.

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City and Sea

A county of unparalleled beauty, cycle along the coastline and discover award winning beaches and stunning seascapes. The walled City of Derry is of enormous historic interest, and many parts of the city can be explored on bike. In the south of the county, meander through The Sperrins and its numerous glens and rivers and you will discover a unique landscape, rich in natural and archaeological heritage as well as folklore.

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Stunning Mountains

Take in a breathtaking world of mountains, loughs and islands. Exploring County Down by bike is the perfect way to experience the dramatic mountainscape and coastline. The long distance trail around Strangford Lough is picture perfect and great for spotting wildlife – look out for brent geese and seals. Also explore the woodland areas in the pretty estates of Castlewellan and Castle Ward which provide great off-road routes.

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Lakeland Treasures

Fermanagh is renowned for its lakelands and laid back pace of life. The iconic Kingfisher Trail takes you through some wild and beautiful country, over bridges, past old cottages and to places so remote and undisturbed that you might forget what a car sounds like. You will experience great views of Lough Erne as well as pass by some of Fermanagh’s top attractions including the Marble Arch Caves and numerous National Trust properties. The lush forests also provide wonderful opportunities to cycle in tranquillity. Check out Castle Archdale Family Cycling Trail for an exciting, yet safe, family adventure by bike.

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Peaceful Valleys

The top attraction for cyclists in Tyrone is The Sperrins. A designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this mountainous region is a natural blend of peaks, forests, valleys, lakes and rivers. There are many stunning routes where you will frequently find yourself cycling in solitude.

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Urban Oasis

This Victorian city, steeped in culture and industrial heritage, is just waiting to be discovered by bike. Also, the city's many parks and green spaces, such as Ormeau Park provide traffic-free, family-friendly bike rides. Belfast also boasts two mainly traffic-free routes stretching into County Antrim and County Down. The Comber Greenway follows the trail of a disused railway line as far as the edge of Strangford Lough and the Lagan and Lough Cycle Way passes along the River Lagan and Belfast Lough, right into the heart of the city.

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