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Top Family Cycle Rides in NI

Posted on January 7, 2010 @ 12:02 PM in Cycling

Although every family has different cycling needs, an ideal cycle ride for the family is one where you know the kids are going to be safe (not meeting with lots of cars), enjoy incredible views and be fairly flat.

Here are just a few very popular family friendly cycling routes that are traffic free and have facilities on site or near by such as toilets and somewhere to buy a drink:

Co. Antrim

  • The Lagan and Lough Cycle Way on National Cycle Network Route number 93 and 9 is a 21 mile mostly traffic-free cycle and walking route connecting Lisburn, Belfast and Jordanstown.

 Co. Armagh      

  • The Craigavon Lakes MTB Trail is a 10km circular route following the natural landscape contours around the lake and through woodland.
  • The Newry Canal Towpath is a cycling and walking route from the Bann Bridge in Portadown to the Town Hall in Newry is a 20 mile trip on part of route 9 of the National Cycle Network. The route follows the towpath on the western bank of the Newry Canal.


  • Belfast Lough Cycle Route is a flat section of National Cycle Network along the shoreline of Belfast Lough taking in views of a truely historic shipyard.

Co. Down

  • The Castle Ward Woodland Trail offers you to experience the coastal, historic landscape of Castle Ward through the myriad of off-road woodland trails and tracks.
  • The 2.5 mile family cycling trail in Castlewellan Forest Park is a circular route around Castlewellan Lake suitable for cyclists of all ages and abilities.
  • The Comber Greenway is a 7 mile traffic free section of the National Cycle Network which follows the old Belfast - Comber Railway line.

Co. Fermanagh

  • Crom is one of Ireland's most important Nature Conservation areas, home to many rare species, including the elusive pine marten.

Co. Londonderry

  • Ballycarton Wood/Binevenagh trail is a short linear route from Ballycarton Wood, along the forest track through Binevenagh Forest. Undulating track offers great views of the cliffs and glimpses of Lough Foyle, Magilligan and Benone Strand.
  • Castlerock to Downhill Forest is a short linear cycle route connecting the village of Castlerock and the forest enjoys stunning coastal scenery and magnificent views towards Donegal.

Co. Tyrone

  • This traffic-free route is great for a family ride with young children. Dungannon Park, on the edge of Dungannon, is a beautifully kept area with a trout-fishing lake and lots of activities, and is wonderful for exploring by bike.


Beverley Magowan
Beverley Magowan  Senior Marketing Officer

Beverley used to be a keen horse rider but since joining a local cycle club in 2013 she has developed a passion for 2 wheels instead of 4 hoofs! Meaning she can often be found on a bike exploring the roads across the country!

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