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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

Head Road Route,

This is a spectacular cycle route beneath the High Mournes.

Ballycastle,

This circular route links the coastal resort town of Ballycastle to the Giant's Causeway using the spectacular Causeway Coastal Route and returning via Bushmills and the country roads of North Antrim, which are signed as part of the NCN 93.

Ballyshannon to Larne,

It's one of the best coastal routes you're ever likely to ride, stretching from Ballyshannon's Atlantic Coast through L'derry.

Maze, Moira and Maghaberry, Lisburn

Following quiet roads this ride heads west towards Moira then steady climbing to Maghaberry. Some steep descents with sharp bends before returning to Lisburn on the Lagan Towpath. Also includes a short section with busy fast-moving traffic

Kilkeel Cycle Route,

A 28 mile cycle route exploring the South East corner of the Country. The route passes Carlingford Lough and Silent Valley Reservoir. Some hilly sections but your efforts are certainly rewarded with the views that this route offers.

Musgrave Park,

This route explores attractive parkland with beautiful floral displays.

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