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Kingfisher Trail
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Kingfisher Trail

Route DetailsItinerariesOffersDay/Short Breaks

The Kingfisher Trail has been named after the kingfisher, a bird long associated with the lakes, fishing and the tranquillity of the rural setting. This is a beautiful rural area of quiet country roads well suited to cycling as there is very little traffic. This 230 mile trail was the first mapped and signed long distance cycle route in Ireland and is still regarded as one of the most enjoyable.

CountyFermanaghDistance230 miles (370km)
Nearest TownEnniskillenOS MapOS 16, 17, 26
Route TypeLakeland, Parkland and Grassland, RiversideRoute ShapeCircular
AONBFermanaghGrid Ref (Start)H240440
Public RoadsOn Public RoadGrid Ref (End)H240440

Terrain

Tarmac Roads

Point of Interest

Marble Arch Caves
Belleek Pottery
Florence Court
Upper and Lower Lough Erne
Crom Estate

Route Description

For the Kingfisher Trail, we strongly recommend following an official map which can be purchased from www.sustrans.org

The trail is designed to allow for both long and short cycling trips. The route naturally falls into two main loops so it can be cycled as two separate routes or as one continuous figure of eight.

On the northern loop you can visit the Marble Arch Caves on a subterranean boat trip and visit Ireland's oldest pottery in Belleek. On the return leg there are the wonderful forest parks at Castle Caldwell and Castle Archdale, not to mention all the incredible scenery by the shores of Lower Lough Erne on your way back to base at Enniskillen.

The southern loop starts at Carrick-on-Shannon as you pedal along the shores of Lough Allen to the Shannon Pot, where Ireland's greatest river rises. From here cycle through the magical Upper Lough Erne in Co Fermanagh and take the ferry* to Crom Estate, a National Trust property and one of Ireland's most important nature conservation areas.

*PLEASE NOTE - The ferry must be booked at least 24 hours in advance (Tel: 028 6773 8118).

Getting to the Start

Fermanagh Tourist Information Centre
Wellington Road
Enniskillen

Bus: www.translink.co.uk

Traffic

Route follows minor roads, but traffic increases through larger towns.

Facilities

Toilets, Cafes and Bars in most towns along route
Many B&B's to choose from

Information for People with a Disability

This route has accessible toilet facilities.

The route many sticks to minor roads. More information of disabled access can be found at Enniskillen TIC.

Available Publication

Discover Kingfisher Trail Cycle Route Map, Sustrans, NCN.

Available from sustrans shop, www.sustrans.org

Links

Cycle Hire

Life Adventure Centre Castlewellan
Life Adventure Centre, Grange Courtyard, Forest Park, Castlewellan
Phone: +44 (0)2843770714
Blessingbourne Estate
Blessingbourne Estate, FIVEMILETOWN
Phone: info@blessingbourne.com
Iron Donkey Bicycle Touring
Iron Donkey Bicycle Touring, 15 Ballyknockan Rd, Saintfield
Phone: 028 9081 3200
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