There are 26 districts in Northern Ireland. The areas of Belfast, Londonderry, Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Tryone, Ulster, and others is great cycling route territory.
There are short routes, long routes, medium routes, and you can get connected into the national cycle network to help get you started on your cycling tour. There are dramatic coastlines and patchwork fields that pockmark the rolling hills. Touring cyclists and local residents alike can make use of the wonderful cycling routes.
Some routes include Antrim to Randalstown, Antrim Town Loop, Belfast Lough, Bog meadows, Botanic Gardens, Broad Water, Carnfunnock Country Park, Larne to Brown’s Baby, Musgrave Park, Riverside Park, Ballymoney, and Waterworks. Most are short at under 3 miles in distance. The nearest towns to most of them are are Larne, Belfast, Moira, Aghalee, or Antrim. You can cycle through well-maintained grounds, coastal routes, wildlife oases, villages, sandy beaches, and there are even ferry crossings at the end of certain cycling routes so you can turn the whole day into an action-packed, fun, family adventure. The cities of Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry, and Tyrone offer excellent cycling routes.
Other routes are more than 60 miles and include Ballyshannon to Larne, Belfast to Ballyshannon, Coast Road, Kingfisher Trail, Loughshore Trail, North West Trail, Strangford Lough Trail, and West Farmanagh Loop.
Ireland is a place of natural beauty that has routes in Antrim, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Laois, Mayo, Sligo, Wickford, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Kildare, Londonderry, Meath, and Tyrone. Ireland’s highest peak, Carrauntoohil is also a great place to find cycling. The most cycle routes are in Dublin followed by Meath and Down. Dublin has some great cycle routes like Sandymount Circular which starts at Nassau St., Dublin and ends at Green Shopping Centre, Dublin and goes for 36 minutes and 7 miles, Blackrock to An Bliac and Back which starts at Frascati Road and ends at Frascati Road and goes for 2 and a half hours and lasts for 25 miles, Wicklow Circle which starts at High St., Wicklow and ends at High St., Wicklow and goes for 2 hours and 10 minutes and 3 miles, Clongriffin to Clondalkin via Dublin which starts at Carndonagh Road, Clongriffin and ends at Nangor Road, Clondalkin and goes for 1 hour and six minutes and 11 miles, Donaghmede to Malahide Loop which starts at Donaghmede Rd., Donaghmede and ends Donaghemede Rd., Donaghmede which lasts for 1 hour and six minutes and goes for 12 miles, and Baldoyle Circuit via Howth, Dublin Harbour and Malahide which starts at Willie Nolan Road, Baldoyle and ends at Willie Nolan Road, Baldoyle that lasts for 2 hours and 36 minutes and goes for 27 miles. These routes are deeply entrenched in the Northern Ireland psyche, and they have been traveled on for hundreds of years by many weary cyclists through Northern Ireland’s enchanting roads.