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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

The Cranfield / Greencastle Route,

A gentle cycle mainly on the flat taking in an award winning Cranfield Beach (Blue Flag), an Anglo-Norman Castle, the ruins of a Norman Church, an Old Irish Ferry Pier and other interesting Points of Interest.

Lower Bann Cycleway (short),

This route along the quiet roads on the east bank of the Bann provides a great family cycle from the bustling market town of Ballymoney and the Drumaheglis Marina and caravan/camping park.

Bann Valley Cycle Route,

Country roads and gently undulating farmland in the Bann Valley

Newcastle /Lough Island Reavy Route,

Circular route with spectacular scenery in the Mournes

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.

The Downshire Trail, Hillsborough

This ‘lumpy’ ride linking Hillsborough and Moira is rewarding in places with great views over the Lagan Valley and Belfast Hills whilst following in the footsteps of the Marquis of Downshire.

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