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Inis Eoghain Cycleway

The Inis Eoghain Cycleway is a 55 km circular day ride between Lough Foyle in County Londonderry and Lough Swilly in County Donegal. There are several historic sites along the route, An Grianan Aileach, Burt Castle and Derry’s Walls. Along with magnificent views of Lough Swilly and the Inis Eoghain Peninsular.

Nearest TownLondonderry
Distance34 miles miles
OS Map7
Route TypeHill
Route ShapeCircular
Public RoadsOn Public Road
AONBOther Area
Grid Ref (Start)438183
Grid Ref (End)438183


Undulating hills along the Long Lane. The climb to An Grianan Aileach is steep.

Point of Interest

An Grianan Aileach
Lough Swilly
Derry Walls
Burt Castle
Foyle Valley Railway Museum

Route Description

The Inis Eoghain Cycleway is a 55km loop connecting the River Foyle in County Londonderry to Lough Swilly in Donegal. More than one third of the route is traffic free passing along the Foyle Valley, close to the heart of Derry City and continuing under the spectacular Foyle Bridge before heading through Ballyarnett Country Park. Once at the city limits, the route begins to climb to An Grainan Aileach with magnificent views over Lough Swilly, Inch Island, the Inis Eoghain Peninsula and south towards the Sperrin Mountains. From here the route falls away though quiet country roads to the shores of Lough Swilly and the bustling town of Newtowncunningham. The Cycle Way then returns via undulating countryside to the River Foyle after passing through Carrigans, where a one way system avoids a bad bend on a busy road for cyclists travelling in an anticlockwise direction. From Carrigans the route follows the traffic free Foyle Valley Greenway alongside the river back to the heart of Derry.

Getting to the Start

The route is accessible at Derry/Londonderry by rail from Belfast and all stops along the way. All trains can carry up to 4 cycles after 9.30 on weekdays and at all times during weekends. Ulsterbus also operates to Derry and Bus Eireann operates to the main towns in the Republic of Ireland. The Lough Swilly Bus Company operates a local bus service in County Donegal. Carriage of cycles on all bus services is at the driver’s discretion. The area is well served by roads and car parking is widely available.


Foyle Valley Greenway, Bay Park and Ballyarnett Country Park are traffic free. The rest of the route is along quiet country roads. A one way system outside Carrigans avoids a bad bend on a busy section of road.



Information for People with a Disability

This route has accessible toilet facilities.


Available Publication

The Inis Eoghain Cycle Way leaflet.

Available from TIC's.



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.