With a great choice of short distant cycle routes, all of which connect into much longer National Cycle Network routes, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough is ideal for both enthusiastic and recreational cyclists.
Antrim and Newtownabbey Cycling Guide
Our new cycling guide details a number of the short routes, which provide an opportunity for families to have a great day out and explore more of the Borough. The routes include lough and riverside trails, wooded areas and the National Cycle Network.
Copies of the pocket-size cycling guide are available from our Council facilities or you can download and print off a copy.
Antrim and Newtownabbey Cycling Guide (5Mb)
1. Lower Bann Cycle Way
Beginning at Toome Canal, this Trail takes you through some beautiful scenery close to Portglenone Forest, an ancient woodland that is particularly famous for its Spring bluebell display. It then passes by Mountsandal Fort in Coleraine and onto the Barmouth at Castlerock, where the Lower Bann enters the Atlantic Ocean. Total distance is approx. 45 miles.
Map of Lower Bann Cycle Way (1.3Mb)
2. Loughshore Trail
The Loughshore Trail forms a continuous 128 mile cycle route around the shores of Lough Neagh and along Lough Beg, taking in 25 major sites of interest along the way including marinas, parks, nature reserves and local sites of archaeological and historical interest. The Trail uses mainly quiet country lanes and is almost entirely all fl at terrain. Also known as Route 94 of the National Cycle Network, the trail is clearly signposted with blue cycle way signs.
Map of Loughshore Trail (1.2Mb)
For further details contact the Lough Neagh Partnership:
Tel: 028 7941 7941
Web: www.discoverloughneagh.com; www.loughshoretrail.com
3. Antrim Town Loop
The Antrim Town Loop starts at Lough Shore Park. Follow the pathway south through Rea’s Wood, then travel inland along Kirby’s Lane until you reach the Sixmilewater River, where a path takes you back into Antrim along part of the Mill Race Trail. Cycle through the town to the Barbican Gate then turn left into Antrim Castle Gardens, past the Motte en route to Clotworthy House. Cross the river at the Deer Park Bridge and follow the riverside path back to the Lough.
Map of Antrim Town Loop (1.8Mb)
4. Newtownabbey Way / The Lagan and Lough Cycle Way
The Newtownabbey Way is a relatively new route and part of National Cycle Network Route 93 running from Global Point at Corrs Corner to the shores of Belfast Lough. Linking Mossley Mill, Monkstown and Whiteabbey the greenwat passes through the grounds of the Council offices at Mossley Mill and continues through the Threemile Water Park to the Minkstown shops. From here it winds its way down hill passing beneath the imposing Bleach Green RailwayViaducts and arriving at the lough shore at Whiteabbey village. Once at Whiteabbey the traffic free Loughshore path links to Hazelbank Park, Gideon’s Green and beyond to the south and to Jordanstown Loughshore Park and its facilities to the North.
The award winning Lagan and Lough Cycle Way is a 21 mile, level, mostly traffic free cycle ride or walk connecting Lisburn, Belfast and Jordanstown. The route is suitable for novice and family cyclists of all ages and abilities and passes along the waterside environment of the Lagan Towpath and Belfast Lough.
Map of Newtownabbey Way and Lagan & Lough Cycle Way (1.7Mb)
Cycle Path Conduct
Paths are segregated by a white line or by the provision of different surfaces and cyclists must ride on the correct side. Where paths are shared, cyclists must give way to pedestrians and disabled users, slow down and be prepared to stop. Cyclists must be allowed to freely pass. It is illegal for cyclists to cycle on the footway (a path next to the road) unless signs show shared use is allowed. All vehicular traffic is prohibited from using the paths except pedal cycles and wheelchairs.
Cycling In Northern Ireland:
For a definitive guide to cycling in Northern Ireland and for details of long, medium and short routes visit: