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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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Gullion Adventures,

We are a new company but we have over 15yrs of experience of providing outdoor pursuits activities to all kinds of groups from hen's, stag's, youth and corporate we will always do our best to facilitate the needs of the group.

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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.

Slieve Croob Cycle Route,

A route that offers stunning views of the Mourne Mountains and Slieve Croob Mountains

Antrim Town Loop,

Antrim is a great town for cycling with opportunities to explore the National Cycle Network and other traffic free paths. An excellent circular route exists around the town with traffic-free waterside cycling and walking the main attraction.

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.

Newry Canal Towpath,

This cycle and walking route from the Bann Bridge in Portadown to the Tow Hall in Newry is a 20 mile trip on part of route 9 of the National Cycle Network. The route follows the towpath on the western bank of the Newry Canal.

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