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Cycle NI - Your definitive guide to cycling in Northern Ireland
Larne to Brown’s Bay
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Larne to Brown’s Bay

Cross Larne Lough in a 30 foot ferry boat and cycle 2 miles to sandy Brown's Bay Beach. In a very short space of time you will be in a delightfully quiet and unspoiled part of Northern Ireland.

CountyAntrimDistance2 miles
Nearest TownLarneOS Map9
Route TypeCoastalRoute ShapeLinear
AONBOther AreaGrid Ref (Start)D415024
Public RoadsOn Public RoadGrid Ref (End)D435027

Terrain

Sea crossing in a small wooden ferry boat. Rural tarmac road.

Point of Interest

Larne Harbour
Ferry
Brown's Bay

Route Description

This bike ride starts at Larne Harbour. At the Main Entrance you need to get a ticket from the security hut and then walk down a fenced pathway, through a gate and across an area where there might be moving vechicles to get to the slipway. The Islandmagee Ferry is run by McLoughlin Shipping Company (028) 2827 3785 and booking is necessary especially at weekends. Crossings can be at irregular times. It is a small ferry boat not big enough to take cars. The fee each way is £3 and the journey takes less than 5 minutes. At the road at Ballylumford on Islandmagee, turn left and follow it for 2 miles until you come to Browns Bay beach where there are grassy areas and seats.

Getting to the Start

The bike ride starts at Larne Harbour Ferry Terminal. The main roads into Larne are the A8 from Belfast and the A2 from the north coast and also coming south from Carrickfergus. Follow the signs to the ferry terminal. There is a train station at Larne Harbour. Make your way to the Ferry Terminal Main Entrance. Contact Translink (028) 9066 6630 for train and bus times.

Traffic

Usually very quiet. Browns Bay has a Council-owned caravan and camping park which is popular in the summer. The route passes the entrance of a golf course.

Facilities

There is one small shop at Browns Bay. Toilets are avilable. Disabled parking is available.

Information for People with a Disability

This route has accessible toilet facilities.

A numbered pass is given by security to get access to the ferry terminal which is through a fenced pathway about 50m long. The boat can take bicycles and passengers only. Assistance may be needed to lift the bicycle on and off the boat at both ends. This can be difficult depending on sea conditions. The road is smooth.

Available Publication

Existing publication to be updated.

Causeway Coast and Glens, Coleraine (028) 7032 7720.

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