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Loughshore Trail

The Loughshore Trail is a unique cycleway, not only because of its location but because it uses quiet country lanes and consists of mainly flat terrain. As well as providing breathtaking views the trail also incorporates over 30 major sites of interest including marinas, nature reserves, parks and sites of archaeological interest.


CountyAntrim, Armagh, Down, Londonderry, Tyrone
Nearest TownAntrim
Distance113 miles miles
OS Map14 19 20
Route TypeLakeland
Route ShapeCircular
Public RoadsOn Public Road
AONBOther Area
Grid Ref (Start)J140871
Grid Ref (End)J140871

Terrain

The main type of terrain cyclists will encounter will be tarmac roads and country lanes. Cyclepaths and lanes will take cyclists through busy towns.


Point of Interest

There are over 30 points of interest along this route including, The Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Ballyronan Marina and Antrim Loughshore Park.


Route Description

When cycling the Loughshore Trail it is advisable to purchase the route map from www.sustrans.org.uk.

The route can be completed in one day or over a few days starting at various points around the Lough. A four day trip is suggested below.

Day One

Ballyronan Marina to Maghery Country Park (23 miles)

This part of the route follows minor country roads which passes numerous attractions. Some of which are Kinturk Cultural Centre, Coyles Cottage, Ardboe Cross and Abbey, Mountjoy Castle, Coney Islands and Washingbay Wetlands.

Day Two

Maghery Country Park to Kinnego Marina (32 miles)

This route does not follow along the Lough all the way, it verves off further away from the Lough passing through the town of Portadown, crosses the River Bann and back up again towards the Lough heading to Kinnego. Along the way you can stop off at Craigavon Wateresports Centre, Tannaghmore Gardens Farm and Museum, Oxford Island and Lough Neagh Discovery Centre.

Day Three

Kinnego Marina to Antrim Loughshore Park and Reas wood (33 miles).

Most of this route travels along side the Lough up towards Antrim through the towns of Glenavy and Crumlin. It passes Gawleys Gate Inn, Portmore Lough and Nature Reserve, Rams Island and Greenmount College.

Day Four

Antrim Loughshore Park and Reas Wood to Ballyronan Marina (25 miles)

This route runs very close to the Lough between the towns of Randalstown and Toome, where it also passes attractions such as Antrim Castle, Randalstown Castle, Cranfield Church, Portglenone Forest and Marina.


Getting to the Start

The Loughshore Trail Cycle Route is known as Route 94 of the NCN (National Cycle Network). The trail is also linked to other main network routes in Northern Ireland. The route can be accessed from Belfast International Airport, which makes it easy to start cycling the minute you arrive. Car parking and good quality accommodation is available in close proximity to the airport. If traveling by car the International Airport is well signposted of the main M1 and M2 motorways.


Traffic

Cyclists will encounter traffic on main country roads as well as some farming vehicles. The route also passes through some towns and villages where cyclists can expect to encounter large volumes of traffic.


Facilities

Toilet facilites are accessible at various locations around Lough Neagh (Ballyronan Marina, Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Kinnego Marina, Antrim Loughshore Park) Car parking is also available at all the mentioned locations.


Information for People with a Disability

This route has accessible toilet facilities.

This route is mainly flat and follows country roads. Bike hire is available on route from Criagavon Watersports Centre. Cyclists can expect to encounter footbridges and gravel off paths at Cot Lane.


Available Publication

The Loughshore Trail Brochure Route 94 NCN The Loughshore Trail Discover Lough Neagh Brochure

Available to download from www.loughshoretrail.com and www.discoverloughneagh.com Brochures also available from Tourist Information Centres surrounding the Lough. Detailed route maps are available to purchase from www.sustrans.org.uk


Links

http://www.sustransshop.co.uk/products/5070-ncn-loughshore-trail
www.loughshoretrail.com
www.discoverloughneagh.com
www.lapthelough.org


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
info@cycleni.com
www.outdoorrecreationni.com

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.