The Belfast-Ballyshannon cycle route runs from the industrial heritage landscapes south-west of ...
The Belfast-Ballyshannon cycle route runs from the industrial heritage landscapes south-west of Belfast on quiet roads and canal towpaths, across the wild Sperrin mountains, and down to the lakes of Fermanagh before bursting out upon the magnificent sandy beaches of Donegal.
The route starts at Whiteabbey village, close to the entrance of the Glenavna Hotel, then follows cycle paths beside Belfast Lough, passing through Duncrue and the Clarendon Dock area to the Lagan Lookout and weir.
You then follow delightful riverside paths along the Lagan to Lisburn. Now continue along quiet minor roads through Moira to Oxford Island and on to Portadown. Join the towpath on the Newry Canal to Moneypenny’s Lock and Knock Bridge.
After leaving the towpath at Knock Bridge the route follows quiet minor roads through Clare, skirts Gosford Forest Park and enters Armagh City on the east side close to The Mall. From the city centre you are heading west along the Callan riverside path and the Navan Fort road towards Killylea and Tynan.
Tynan-Ulster American Folk Park
From Tynan a traffic-free cycle path leads through Dungannon Railway Park and afterwards you continue on quiet country laneways to Cookstown and through the Sperrins to Gortin. After Gortin the route drops down to the Folk Park north of Omagh.
Ulster American Folk Park-Enniskillen
The route then follows minor roads and traffic-free paths to Omagh and passes through small country towns and villages towards Enniskillen. Pick up the Kingfisher Trail with its distinctive brown signs at Ballinamallard and continue into Enniskillen town centre.
Stay with the Kingfisher Trail to Ballyshannon, passing Marble Arch Caves and through the villages of Blacklion and Belleek. From Ballyshannon a loop of the Kingfisher Trail reaches the Atlantic ocean at Rossnowlagh beach.
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