Cycle Northern Ireland -

Newtownstewart to Strabane Cycle

Cycle route leaves the small plantation town of Newtownstewart, an architectural conservation area and travels north along the quiet country roads on the eastern side of the rivers Strule and Mourne. Both rivers make up a significant portion of the Foyle catchment one of the best salmonoid river systems in Europe. During the angling season expect to see many busy anglers as you cycle towards Strabane. Take the spur off the route to visit Sion Mills, a 19th century mill village and architectural gem.

Nearest TownNewtownstewart
Distance10 miles miles
OS MapSheet 12
Route TypeHill, Riverside
Route ShapeLinear
Public RoadsOn Public Road
AONBOther Area, Sperrins
Grid Ref (Start)H405854
Grid Ref (End)H345976


On tarmac road for most of the route, some short hill climbs required.

Point of Interest

Stewart Castle - Newtownstewart
The Strule and Mourne rivers both game angling hot spots and the Swinging Bridge at Sion Mills - one of the largest footbridges in Ireland.
When in Strabane visit the town`s modern public art works - the Let the Dance Begin sculpture and Ambrose the giant Piglet.

Route Description

Leave Newtownstewart following the NCN route 92 signage, crossing under the by-pass and on to the Douglas Road. A quarter of a mile on, leave the Douglas Road for the Bunderg Road. Follow the signs until you reach the small village of Douglas Bridge and then cycle on to Bearney where you can follow the spur signage to visit Sion Mills. Or follow the signage down hill to finish the route in Strabane.

Getting to the Start

Ulster bus services run from Belfast to Omagh and on to Newtownstewart for timetables visit
By car from Belfast follow the signs for the M1 motorway then travel west to Ballygawley roundabout, turn north on to the A5 signed for Omagh and Derry. From Omagh follow the A5 signs for Newtownstewart and Strabane.


Very little traffic on NCN 92 until you get to Strabane a busy district town.


Cafes, shops, restaurants available in Strabane and Newtownstewart. Accessible toilet facilities are available at the Alley Arts Centre in Strabane.

Information for People with a Disability

This route has accessible toilet facilities.

Entire route on tarmac roads and paths. Short hill climbs nesscessary north of Douglas Bridge.

Available Publication

Ballyshannon to Ballycastle Route map. Tourist Information Centre Tel: 028 7138 4444


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.