Approximately 50% of the route follows the signage of the NCN97 going from the Ecos Environmental Centre in Ballymena to Glenarm on the County Antrim Coast (ecos cycle trail). Spectacular views on the right day across the Braid River valley and beyond with the added bonus of the pretty village of Broughshane and Slemish Mountain situated along the route.
|Nearest Town||Ballymena||OS Map||9|
|Route Type||Hill, Riverside||Route Shape||Circular|
|AONB||Antrim Coast & Glens||Grid Ref (Start)||D120034|
|Public Roads||On Public Road||Grid Ref (End)||D120034|
Mainly smooth tarmac roads
Point of Interest
Ecos Environmental Centre
Broughshane the "Garden Village of Ulster"
From the ecos environmental centre in Ballymena follow the NCN97 signs for Broughshane. You eill pass through the village of Buckna before ascending to the small village of Carnalbanagh high up in the Antrim Plateau. From the Carnalbanagh Sheddings crossroads depart the NCN97 and turn right onto the Carnalbanagn Road to head back towards Slemish Mountain and Buckna. Keep going straight by passing the turn off for Buckna snd follow the Lisnamurrican Road to the junction with Rathkeell Road. Turn right and take the first left, Aghnadore Road. Turn right onto Caherty Road and proceed back into Borughshane. Follow the NCN97 signage back to the ecos centre.
Getting to the Start
The ecos centre is signed from the A42 at Junction 11.
Railway & Bus station at Galgorm Road west side of Ballymena town.
Moderate traffic inculding farm vehicles.
Public toilets in the ecos centre and Boroughshane. Numerous places for refreshment in Broughshane.
Information for People with a Disability
This route has accessible toilet facilities.
Steep climb towards Carnalbanagh Sheddings. Ecos centre facilities for disabled plus electric bike hire.
The Causeway Coast and Glens - Your guide to Cycling
TIC Ballymena, The Braid Town Hall Museum and Arts Centre.
Belfast Activity Centre
The Stableyard, Barnett's Demesne, Malone Road, Belfast
Phone: 028 9060 0132
79-85 Ravenhill Road, Belfast
Phone: 028 9073 0600