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Cycle NI - Your definitive guide to cycling in Northern Ireland
Giants Causeway to Benone Cycle Route
Route Location

Giants Causeway to Benone Cycle Route

For a stunning cycle ride along the North Coast, follow NCN Route 93 between the Giants Causeway in the east and Benone in the west, passing through the resort towns of Portrush, (including East Strand, Portrush and West Strand, Portrush), Portstewart and Castlerock. Significant stretches of the route are along traffic-free paths.

Portballintrae Beach and Whiterocks Beach are also popular attractions well worth a visit between Bushmills and Portrush.


CountyAntrim, LondonderryDistance22 miles
Nearest TownBushmills and PortballintraeOS MapSheet 4 Discoverer Series
Route TypeCoastalRoute ShapeLinear
AONBBinevenagh, Causeway CoastGrid Ref (Start)C944438
Public RoadsOn Public RoadGrid Ref (End)C719358


Bitmac surfaced roads and surfaced cycle paths.

Point of Interest

Giants Causeway & Bushmils Heritage Railway Line, Old Bushmills Distillery, Dunluce Castle, Bann estuary.

Route Description

This route starts at the Giants Causeway and follows NCN Route 93 to Bushmills, Portrush, Portstewart, Coleraine and Castlerock. The route is signed in both directions. The first section of the route follows the traffic-free shared use pathway adjacent to the Giants Causeway & Bushmills Heritage Railway line. On reaching Castlerock, follow the cycle path to Downhill. At Downhill cyclists can either cycle along the beach to Benone or follow the main coast road.

It is useful to refer to the "Cycling in the Borough of Coleraine" leaflet when attempting this route. See Attachments.

Getting to the Start

Follow signs for NCN 93 and the Giants Causeway, north of Bushmills.
Train: Services from Belfast or L/Derry to Portrush, then follow NCN 93 to Giants Causeway.
By car follow signs for Giants Causeway (A2 and B146)


Normal public roads traffic along most of route, and stretches of traffic-free cycle paths.


Refreshments and toilet facilities available at all towns along the route, including the Visitor Centre at the Causeway.

Information for People with a Disability

This route has accessible toilet facilities.

Bitmac surfaced roads, cycle paths, hills along route.

Available Publication

"Cycling in the Borough of Coleraine" leaflet. Ballyshannon to Ballycastle - Sustrans Map

Coleraine TIC Tel: 028 7034 4723


Cycle Hire

Iron Donkey Bicycle Touring
Iron Donkey Bicycle Touring, 15 Ballyknockan Rd, Saintfield
Phone: 028 9081 3200
Bushmills Cycle Hire
Rest-A-While, Bushmills
Phone: 028-207-32869


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