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The Castle
Route Location

The Castle

Starting and finishing at the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre in Ballymoney, this 19.5 mile cycle route winds its way through quiet country roads close to Loughguile village and Lissanoure Castle Estate.

Nearest TownBallymoneyOS Map8
Route TypeUrbanRoute ShapeCircular
AONBOther AreaGrid Ref (Start)C963248
Public RoadsOn Public RoadGrid Ref (End)C963248


Relatively quiet rural roads with several steep hill climbs, i.e Knockahollet Road

Point of Interest

On the right, after you pass Knockahollet School, are the remains of a Norma motte and bailey fort. A bronze age burial was also found on this site.

Lissanoure Castle was the estate of the Macartney family. George Maccrtney (1737-1806) was the first British Ambassador to China.

The hill at First Kilraughts Presbyterian Church was the gathering place for an army of 5,000 united Irishmen in June 1798.

Some of the sites are located on private land and can only be accessed with the owners prior permission.

Route Description

Starting at the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre turn right onto Garryduff Road and then left onto Glenlough Road. Go straight over the A26 - be extra careful. Go straight over the next cross roads, still continuing on the Glenlough Road and crossing the railway line. At the t-junction turn right onto Tummock Road. At the end of the road, turn right onto Loughabin Road. At the cross roads turn left onto Knockahollet road. Continue to the cross roads and go straight over - take extra care. Continue to follow Knockahollet road as it skirts Lissanoure estate. Turn left onto Ballyveely road. Continue to the crossroads where you turn left onto Pharis Road. At the cross roads go straight over - take extra care. Turn left onto Moor road. At the cross roads go straight over, still on the Moor Road. Take care descending towards first Kilraughts reformed presbyterian church. At the t-junction turn left onto Moyan road. Continue and turn right into Pinehill Road. At the t-junction turn right onto Lisboy Road. At the cross roads turn left onto Loughabin road. Turn right onto Tummock Road. Turn left onto Glenlough Road, recrossing the railway line. Go straight over the cross roads and with extreme care go straight over the next cross roads with the A26, still on the Glenlough Road. Turn right onto Garryduff Road and back to Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre.

Getting to the Start

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


Relatively quiet rural roads except A26 crossing points where particular care needs to be taken


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, 028 2766 0230



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