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Lagan and Lough Cycle Way

The Lagan and Lough Cycle Way on National Cycle Network Route number 93 and 9 is a 21 mile mostly traffic-free cycle and walking route connecting Lisburn, Belfast and Jordanstown. The route is suitable for novice and family cyclists of all ages and abilities and passes along the waterside of the Lagan Towpath and Belfast Lough.

Crawfordsburn Beach and Helen's Bay are nearby attractions.



Nearest Town


Route Type



Lagan Valley

Grid Ref (Start)



21 miles

OS Map

15 & 20

Route Shape


On/Off Road

Off Public road

Grid Ref (End)



Relatively flat tarmac towpath and coastal route

route description

The route begins at Loughshore Park in Jordanstown. Begin cycling through Whiteabbey village and stop at Hazelbank Park for picture perfect views across Belfast Lough. Continue along North Foreshore Path to Donegal Quay.

Follow the River Lagan through the city enjoying the cityscape views with the Belfast Hills as the backdrop. Keeping to the banks of the River Lagan, you will pass a number of public parks including the National Trust property at Minnowburn and the historic Giant's Ring archaeological site.

Continuing through Lagan Valley Regional Park the route finishes up at the Union Docks in Lisburn, on National Route 9.

**From Whiteabbey to Queen’s Bridge Belfast, this section follows National Route 93 and from Queen’s Bridge Belfast to Lisburn it follows National Route 9**

getting to the start

Entrance: Union Locks, Blaris Road, Lisburn. See map for other access points.


Traffic where roads transact the towpath. Occasional maintenance vehicles


Refreshments and toilets available at various locations along the route including Island Civic Centre, Lisburn, Cutters Wharf and the Lock-Keeper's Inn, Belfast as well as the Loughshore Cafe in Whiteabbey. Disabled Adult Changing Room and disabled parking available a Island Civic Centre.

information for People with a Disability

Relatively flat path with good tarmac surface. The stiles have been removed along the length of the towpath, however the gate is still in place at Shaw's bridge.

available publications

The Lagan & Lough Cycle Way Leaflet.

Lisburn TIC Tel: 028 92660038


Belfast Bike Tours and Bike Hire -

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We cycled all the way from Lisburn to Belfast and then back. It was very tiring but still an amazing experience! We even stopped at Lady Dixon Park and had some Ice Cream. We also stayed there for a while. A wonderful Park. Overall it was an amazing day...

Somebody Sombo

Could cyclists using this route please note that it begins at the Loughshore carpark - many cyclists are starting this route by riding (often at speed) along the pavement from the University entrance before the start of the cycle path, and causing a dangerous hazard to pedestrians.

glen shane

What a wonderful day out. Cycled from Hazlebank to Lisburn and back with a pit stop at the Lock Keepers Cottage for some seriously good coffee. Scenery fantastic. Must be wonderful to see in the Autumn. A must for anyone who cycles.

R Barbour
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