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Coast Road

A rural winding road that hugs the coastline. Sea views are on one side and rugged steep hillsides are on the other. (the route follows the Causeway Coastal Route so traffic is heavy during summer and holiday periods).



Nearest Town


Route Type



Antrim Coast & Glens

Grid Ref (Start)



70 miles

OS Map

5 & 9

Route Shape


On/Off Road

On Public road

Grid Ref (End)



A flat tarmac rural road, generally with good surface.

route description

Make sure to have provisions before you start as there are no shops for 11 miles. From Larne Leisure Centre follow the promenade path with the sea on your right up round by Brown's Bay Beach for almost 1 mile until you get to the road. At the road turn right and continue northwards. This is the Antrim Coast Road. Pass Carnfunnock Country Park on your left after about 4 miles, then pass through Ballygally, Glenarm (keep to the right and go over the Glenarm river bridge) Carnlough and onto Waterfoot.

From Waterfoot turn right along the A2 Coastal Route and continue to the Village of Cushendall. After you cross the bridge over the River Dall turn left keeping on the A2 Coastal Route and follow the Coastal Route signs to Ballycastle passing the National Trust Village of Cushendun over the spectacular Glendun Viaduct past Ballypatrick Forest through Ballyvoy until you cross the River Margy Bridge and turn right into Ballycastle. This route will take you across moorland and mountains.

getting to the start

Larne Leisure Centre is on Tower Road, Larne. From the south on the A8, follow the signs for the Causeway Coast Route. At the crossroads and traffic lights turn right down Curran Road and after a few hundred metres take the road on the left signed for the Leisure Centre where it is only a few hundred metres along on your left. Coming from the north on the A2, keep on the Coast Road until you get to the crossroads and traffic lights. Here turn left onto Curran Road and after a few hundred metres turn left onto Tower Road. Bus routes are numbers 162, 252.


Usually quiet, Sundays can be popular with motorcyclists. (The route between Garron Point and Ballycastle is very busy with traffic all year round)


There are several toilet facilities all along the Coast Road. Larne LC, Drains Bay, Carnfunnock Country Park, Ballygally, Glenarm, Carnlough and Waterfoot. There are spaces for disabled parking at all locations. The Leisure Centre has snacks for sale. Carnfunnock has a cafe open in summer, Glenarm, Carnlough and Waterfoot have shops.

information for People with a Disability

There are many places along the route to stop but there is no dedicated cycle lane and single file is advised particularly where sightlines are limited.

available publications

The Causeway Coast & Glens your guide to cycling

Ballycastle TIC Tel: (028) 2076 2024 Email:

Cycle hire

Bushmills Cycle Hire
Rest-A-While Bushmills
Phone: 028-207-32869

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Quite brief description. As a former Larne resident I don't think you pass Brown's Bay beach on the promenade at the start and could lead to confusion as Brown's Bay is on Islandmagee Also you could mention that the road between Glendun and Ballycastle goes over moorland and mountain.

John Morris
Funders Outdoor Recreation NI Leave No Trace NIEA DoE HPA
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