Cycle Northern Ireland -


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.

Nearest TownBallymena
Distance21 miles miles
OS Map9
Route TypeHill, Riverside
Route ShapeCircular
Public RoadsOn Public Road
AONBAntrim Coast & Glens
Grid Ref (Start)D120034
Grid 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 will 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 and 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

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.