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Belfast Lough

A flat section of National Cycle Network along the shoreline of Belfast Lough taking in views of a truely historic shipyard.

County

Antrim

Nearest Town

Whiteabbey

Route Type

Coastal

AONB

Antrim Coast & Glens

Grid Ref (Start)

J360830

Distance

7 miles

OS Map

15

Route Shape

Linear

On/Off Road

Off Public road

Grid Ref (End)

J360830

terrain

Flat, coastal route. Well surfaced purpose built cycle paths.

route description

After starting at Whiteabbey use the coastal walking and cycling path from Coastguard Cottages, calling at the pleasant Hazelbank Park.

The route then runs on a path parallel to the motorway where you can observe the birds of Belfast Lough from special bird watching hides. The cycle lanes take you through Duncrue Industrial Estate and onto Clarendon Dock where new businesses thrive alongside the old dry docks, where ships were once repaired. On arrival in Belfast, visit the Lagan Weir and learn about the history of the river Lagan and the Titanic. Return north along the same route or take the train to Whiteabbey.

getting to the start

Translink runs a regular train service from Belfast central station to Whiteabbey. More inform ation can be found on www.translink.co.uk. Whiteabbey is situated on the National Cycle Network Route 93. By car: Leave Belfast on the M2 North and continue straight joining the M5 towards Carrickfergus. This Motorway soon ends and becomes the A2 as you enter Whiteabbey. The National Cycle Network paths will be on the right by the coastline.

traffic

Traffic-free cycle paths

facilities

Refreshments and toilet facilities available along route. Shops and cafes also along route.

information for People with a Disability

This route is along flat, purpose built cycle paths. For more information contact Belfast City Welcome Centre on: 028 9024 6609

available publications

Causeway Coast and Glens Cycle Leaflet

http://www.newtownabbey.gov.uk/pursuits/downloads/laganlough.pdf

Cycle hire

Ireland Ecotours
Tiranagher Belleek Co.Fermanagh
Email: info@irelandecotours.com
Phone: 028 686 59171 Mob: 07592208716
Web: www.irelandecotours.com

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