A long distance cycle trail around the largest lake in Ireland or Britain
The Loughshore Trail (National Cycle Network Route 94) is a 110 mile or 176 km bi-directional cycle route that encircles Lough Neagh, the largest freshwater lake in Ireland or Britain which touches five of Northern Ireland's six counties. The Trail is fully signed and for the most part uses the network of quiet country roads adjacent to Lough Neagh and Lough Beg. However it also includes attractive off road sections many of which follow the shoreline, such as the nature trails at Ballyronan Wood. The Loughshore Trail is also linked to other main NCN routes in Northern Ireland namely Route 9, 95 and the recently developed Route 96, the Lower Bann Cycleway connecting Toome and the Atlantic Coast at Castlerock, via Portglenone and Coleraine.
The Loughshore Trail forms a link to a wide variety of sites of historical, cultural and natural interest as well as a host of other attractions and amenities that border Lough Neagh. These include the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre at Oxford Island near Lurgan as well as Cranfield Church and Holy Well and Crumlin Glen, both in County Antrim. The Loughshore Trail caters for a wide variety of cycling types and levels. The majority of the route follows relatively flat terrain apart from a short section south-west of Lough Neagh at Drumcairne near Stewartstown in County Tyrone, where it rises to 100 metres above sea level and in so doing provides attractive views over the Lough.
For more information on attractions and accommodation etc. visit www.discoverloughneagh.com or contact the Tourist Information Centres in any of the larger towns bordering Lough Neagh.
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