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


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.

CountyAntrimDistance21 miles
Nearest TownBallymenaOS Map9
Route TypeHill, RiversideRoute ShapeCircular
AONBAntrim Coast & GlensGrid Ref (Start)D120034
Public RoadsOn Public RoadGrid Ref (End)D120034


Mainly smooth tarmac roads

Point of Interest

Slemish Mountain
Ecos Environmental Centre
Broughshane the "Garden Village of Ulster"

Route Description

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.

Available Publication

The Causeway Coast and Glens - Your guide to Cycling

TIC Ballymena, The Braid Town Hall Museum and Arts Centre.

Links to download leaflet

Cycle Hire

Belfast Activity Centre
The Stableyard, Barnett's Demesne, Malone Road, Belfast
Phone: 028 9060 0132

Maps and Downloads

The following downloads are available for Slemish:

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