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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.

Just Some Ideas

Causeway Cycle Adventures,

Explore the exhilarating Causeway Coast on our environmentally-friendly Kalkhoff electric bikes.

Tobar Mhuire Heritage Cycling Trail, Crossgar, Downpatrick

A beautiful cycle through the quiet woodlands of Tobar Mhuire Estate, perfect for families and small children.

Cushendall,

This route rises from sea-level to 290m and links the beaches at Waterfoot and Cushendun to the hills of the Antrim Plateau passing through some of the famous Glens of Antrim.

Whiterock and Mahee Island,

This 27 mile route along the western shores of Strangford Lough and drumlin country rewards cyclists with some of the finest views of the Lough to be had by bicycle. This route is part of regional cycle route 20.

Bikedock, Belfast

Bikedock is an independent bike specialist located close to Belfast City Centre.  Our goal is to help you get around Belfast in style, supplying great quality hire bikes with helmets, locks and accessories for visitors, tourists and ...

Rostrevor Cycle Route,

This is an interesting circular route between the villages of Rostrevor and Hilltown, passing through pleasant countryside with dramatic views of Rostrevor, the Mourne Mountains and Carlingford Lough.

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