Cycle Northern Ireland -

Belfast Lough

A flat section of National Cycle Network along the shoreline of Belfast Lough taking in views of a truely historic shipyard.

Nearest TownWhiteabbey
Distance7 miles miles
OS Map15
Route TypeCoastal, Riverside, Urban
Route ShapeLinear
Public RoadsOff Public Road
AONBAntrim Coast & Glens
Grid Ref (Start)J360830
Grid Ref (End)J360830


Flat, coastal route.
Well surfaced purpose built cycle paths.

Point of Interest

Hazelbank Park
Clarendon Dock
Lagan Weir

Route Description

After starting at Whiteabbey use the coastal walking and cycling path from Coastguard Cottages, calling at the pleasant Hazelbank Park.

The route then runs on a path parallel to the motorway where you can observe the birds of Belfast Lough from special bird watching hides. The cycle lanes take you through Duncrue Industrial Estate and onto Clarendon Dock where new businesses thrive alongside the old dry docks, where ships were once repaired. On arrival in Belfast, visit the Lagan Weir and learn about the history of the river Lagan and the Titanic. Return north along the same route or take the train to Whiteabbey.

This is a flat, coastal route with well surfaced purpose built cycle paths.

Getting to the Start

Translink runs a regular train service from Belfast central station to Whiteabbey. More inform ation can be found on

Whiteabbey is situated on the National Cycle Network Route 93.

By car: Leave Belfast on the M2 North and continue straight joining the M5 towards Carrickfergus. This Motorway soon ends and becomes the A2 as you enter Whiteabbey. The National Cycle Network paths will be on the right by the coastline.


Traffic-free cycle paths


Refreshments and toilet facilities available along route. Shops and cafes also along route.

Information for People with a Disability

This route has accessible toilet facilities.

This route is along flat, purpose built cycle paths. For more information contact Belfast City Welcome Centre on: 028 9024 6609

Available Publication

Causeway Coast and Glens Cycle Leaflet


This information is provided by Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland, The Stableyard, Barnett's Demesne, Malone Road, Belfast, BT9 5PB.

Tel: 028 9030 3930
Fax: 028 9062 6248

Every care has been taken to ensure accuracy of the information. We cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions but where such are brought to our attention, the information will be amended accordingly.