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Cycle NI - Your definitive guide to cycling in Northern Ireland
Lower Bann Cycleway (long)
Route Location

Lower Bann Cycleway (long)

The low-lying landscape of this river corridor provides a gentle cycle, leaving cyclists to enjoy the route at their leisure, relax and take in the scenery of the Lower Bann. The cycleway passes through or close to the towns of Toome, Portglenone, Kilrea, Ballymoney and Coleraine.

CountyAntrim, LondonderryDistance45 miles
Nearest TownToomeOS Map4, 8 & 14
Route TypeRiverside, Urban, WoodlandRoute ShapeLinear
AONBOther AreaGrid Ref (Start)H988905
Public RoadsOn Public RoadGrid Ref (End)C772361


Mainly tarmac roads and gravel paths

Point of Interest

The route runs through attractive parkland alongside Toome Canal, then close to Portglenone Forest, an ancient woodland that is particularly famous for it s Spring bluebell display. It then passes by Mountsandal Fort in Coleraine and onto the Barmouth at Castlerock, where the Lower Bann enters the Atlantic Ocean.

Route Description

Follows the Lower Bann River, passing alongside Canal Walk in Toome, then onto Portglenone, Ballymoney, then Mountsandel Fort, Christie Park and Hezlett House in Coleraine, before finishing at The Barmouth in Castlerock.

Please refer to Lower Bann Cycleway map. See Attachments.

Getting to the Start

Train stations that serve the Lower Bann Cycleway are Ballymoney and Coleraine. Bicycles will be carried free of charge on Translink train services; but are not permitted on trains from Monday to Friday, prior to 9.30am.

Goldliner services with stops that serve the Lower Bann Cycleway include Service 218 for Ballymoney and Coleraine, whilst Service 212 stops at the Toome bypass.


There are many traffic free sections, however you will encounter public roads, mainly at Portglenone and Coleraine.


There are refreshment and toilet facilities at Toome, Portglenone and Coleraine.

Information for People with a Disability

This route has accessible toilet facilities.

Relatively flat, well surfaced tarmac roads

Available Publication

Lower Bann Cycleway Leaflet

Available from Sustrans - Tel: 0845 113 0065.



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