Sports & Leisure

Cycling

Photograph of three cyclists

Mid and East Antrim is well equipped with cycle trails and routes for the keen cyclist. Routes are marked and visitors can hire bicycles.

Listed below are routes available or you can go to CycleNI for further information.

Ecos Cycle Trail / Ballymena to Glenarm

Distance: 17 miles (2 hours)
Get on your bike and take a cycle along the ecos trail, Route 97 of the National Cycling Network (NCN 97). This 17 mile route takes cyclists past an array of beautiful scenery including the ecos country park and Slemish and will take you to the picturesque village of Glenarm.

Portglenone to Drumoolish and Bellaghy Loop Cycle Route

Distance 18.48 miles. Start/End Location: Main Street (A42) Portglenone.
This is a road route that, except for a short ride on A roads at the start and finish, is mainly on country roads. The route is also mostly on flat ground, with not many hills.

Portglenone loop around Aughnacleagh Cycle Route

Distance 13 miles. Start/End Location: Townhill Road, Portglenone.
This is an enjoyable road route on the B96 and country roads, which is mostly flat but has some uphill and downhill. The route is quite rural with not much traffic.

Toome to Portglenone

Overall Distance 15 miles. (Toome to Newferry 6.5 miles; Newferry to Portglenone 8.5 miles).
This 15 mile northerly spur links Toome to Portglenone via the eastern side of Loughbeg. Coming close to the River Bann at Newferry at the site of a former crossing point, the route continues to rise slowly to Limnaharry with its views over the lough and on in to Portglenone. This section is part of the proposed NCN route alongside the River Bann which will link to Coleraine. The route on the western side of Lough Beg is unsigned and passes from Portglenone to Toome via Bellaghy.

Larne to Red Bay

Distance: 20-25 miles
This is a winding rural road that hugs the coastline. The sea is on one side with steep rocky hillsides on the other. There are a number of picturesque stopping places. Make sure you have provisions before you leave as there are no shops for the next 10 miles going north.

Larne to Brown's Bay

Distance: 2 miles
Cross Larne Lough in a 30 foot ferry boat and cycle 2 miles to sandy Brown's Bay Beach. In a very short space of time you will be in a delightfully quiet and unspoiled part of Northern Ireland.

Carnfunnock Country Park

Distance: 0.6 miles
This 191 hectare estate has been transformed into a wonderful park with all manner of attractions, activities, mature woodland and magnificent coastal views. This short 1km route takes you to the centre of the action where you can explore all the park has to offer.

Knockagh

Distance: 11 miles
Circular cycle route from Carrickfergus Castle to Knockagh Monument offering a variety of scenic views of Belfast Lough and hills. On the route you can avail of amenities such as cafes in Carrickfergus and Greenisland. This route gives you the opportunity to combine the urban and countryside areas in one of Northern Ireland's most attractive Borough's.

VIsit CycleNI for more cycle routes