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Cycling

Cycling is one of the most popular outdoor activities in Northern Ireland. Cycling your way through the country is one of the best ways to take in its beauty, attractions and places that others don’t get to see.
There are plenty of options - you can chose off-road family cycling trails or on-road routes. Whichever you choose you will rewarded with incredible views of vast and varied landscapes, from dramatic coasts to patchwork fields that blanket the rolling hills.

How to get started
It's simple! Get a bike, a helmet and get out there and go for it!Many people choose to leisurely cycle as and when they please. However for those who enjoy cycling with others or are looking for a greater challenge and are interested in competitive road cycling, the best option is to join a local cycling club.

Is it easy?
As the majority of us already know how to cycle, it's only a matter of checking out the best routes and places to go. Check out www.cycleni.com for a full list of on and off-road routes in Northern Ireland.
For less experienced cyclists or for those who are exploring a new area for the first time, activity operators offer guided tours along designated cycle routes enabling you to relax and enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings. Bicycle hire is often included in these tours.

Is it expensive?
Bicycles range in price enormously and some specialised mountain bikes can cost up to several thousand pounds. However you can pick up good second hand bikes from around £50. Helmets are essential and range from £20 upwards.

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Banagher Cycle Route,

A challenging cycle route around the Sperrins foothills passing through towns and villages, farmland and upland, providing an opportunity to explore Banagher Glen, religious sites and see renewable energy generation in action.

The Castle,

Starting and finishing at the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre in Ballymoney, this 19.5 mile cycle route winds its way through quiet country roads close to Loughguile village and Lissanoure Castle Estate.

Ecos Trail,

A rural journey across the Antrim Plateau to the North Channel.

Strangford Lough Cycle Route, Newtownards

This is a 82 mile (132km ) circular route in and around Strangford Lough, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Summit Mountain Biking, Newtownabbey

Catering for all levels of cyclists, both road and off road, Summit Mountain Biking’s experienced and qualified leaders will help you get the most out of this exciting activity.

From the daily commuter to novice trying off-road cycling for the ...

Ireland Walk Hike Bike with South West Walks Ireland, Belfast

Ireland Walk Hike Bike offers self guiding tours through the Antrim Coast and Glens region. Enjoy this breathtaking region of Ireland on our top quality bicycles and we take care of your accommodation, transport and all other requirements.

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