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Cycle NI - Your definitive guide to cycling in Northern Ireland
The Craigs
Route Location
 

The Craigs

This 21 mile cycle route to the south east of Ballymoney focuses on the rural area around Dunloy village, and in doing so, passes through ancient countryside which includes some of Ballymoney's most important Stone Age graves which are in State Care. While most are on private land, Cyclists can stop off at Dooey's Cairn in Dunloy which is signposted.

CountyAntrimDistance21
Nearest TownBallymoneyOS Map8
Route TypeHill, UrbanRoute ShapeCircular
AONBOther AreaGrid Ref (Start)C963248
Public RoadsOn Public RoadGrid Ref (End)C963248

Terrain

The route is mostly along quiet relatively flat rural roads, however there is a steep hill climb up the Tullaghans Road.

Point of Interest

Among the ancient sites on the Long Mountain are the Broad Stone and Craigs Dolmen, which are Stone Age graves.

A well preserved Stone Age grave can also be visited at Dooey's Cairn near Dunloy.

These sites are on private land and can only be accessed with the owners proir permission.

Route Description

Starting at the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre, turn right onto Garryduff Road, then right onto Lislagan Road, and turn left at the cross roads onto Bravallen Road. At the cross roads go straight over. At the t-junction turn right onto Tullaghans Road, then turn left onto Mullan Road. Pass Craigs Dolmen on the right and then Craigs Wood on the left. Turn left onto Glenbuck Road and descend down to the cross roads at the Bridge Pub. Turn left onto Bridge Road and continue into Dunloy Village. Turn left onto Tullaghans Road and continue uphill until you turn right into Bravallen Road. Go straight over at the cross roads and continue descending to the next cross roads where you turn right onto Lislagan Road. At the t-junction turn left and continue to the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre.

Getting to the Start

The Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre is signed from the A26 along the B62

Traffic

With the exception of Bridge Road in Dunloy, traffic will be relatively light although be aware there is a quarry on Mullan Road and cyclists may experience some quarry traffic.

Facilities

Car parking, toilets and refreshments are available at the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre

Information for People with a Disability

This route has accessible toilet facilities.

The Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre offers disabled friendly toilet and refreshment facilities

Available Publication

Cycle Ballymoney

Available at Ballymoney TIC

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Maps and Downloads

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