Distance: 230 miles/370 km
The Kingfisher Trail was the first long-distance cycle trail to be developed in Ireland. Based in Fermanagh and Leitrim Lakeland, it follows a figure-of-eight through varied countryside around the lakes in this watery part of Ireland.
The trail now partly coincides with both Route 95 and Route 92, so you may encounter cyclists heading from Ballyshannon to Ballycastle or going west towards Ballyshannon, nearing the end of their 230 mile ride from Belfast.
Minor country roads criss-crossing the border counties of Fermanagh, Leitrim, Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan, combine to create 300 miles of peaceful rural cycling. For further exploration choose an optional excursion such as the Atlantic Loop.
There are wild orchids, bluebells and banks of primroses along the country lanes and great-crested grebe, warblers and mute and whooper swans beside the lough.These lakes are also a haven for watersports enthusiasts and history buffs.You can opt for a gentle cruise on the lakes (day boats can be hired as well as more luxurious cruisers) and discover the secrets of Devenish Island,White Island and Inishcorkish.
Fully mapped and signposted, the trail is suitable for independent or package tours. Alternatively the trail falls naturally into smaller sections for a morning’s ride and family outings.
OSNI 1: 50 000, sheets 17, 18, 26 & 27
For general enquiries, maps and reservations contact Kingfisher Cycle Holidays Tel: (028) 6632 0121.
Vintage Cycle Museum, 64 Main St, Brookeborough Tel: (028) 8953 1206.
Link on to the Ballyshannon to Ballycastle route is possible at Pettigoe.
Get the Map: http://www.sustrans.co.uk