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OutdoorNI.com does Belfast City Bike Tours

Posted on September 7, 2011 @ 3:48 PM in Adventure

OutdoorNI.com does Belfast City Bike Tours is the latest in our regular blog feature ‘OutdoorNI.com does…’ which is our opportunity to showcase the exciting outdoor activities available in Northern Ireland.

Find out how the OutdoorNI.com team got on with their urban adventure with Belfast City Bike Tours

The OutdoorNI.com team is more accustomed to getting active in Northern Ireland’s countryside but a quick read of Belfast City Bike Tours Trip Advisor reviews intrigued us enough to take on this urban adventure.

We were already excited on our arrival to the Linen House Hostel but this was heightened even further when we were met by our uber enthusiastic guide for the evening - Jerome, who quickly introduced us to our mode of transport for the evening.

I can remember the joy of getting a new bike for my 10th birthday but this was a distant second to the buzz when Jerome set us up for a test run on our chic California Cruiser bikes.  Within minutes the complete OutdoorNI.com team was whizzing around the courtyard, laughing and joking as they got used to their new steed.

Safety is obviously the major concern when considering cycling around Belfast, but this was quickly alleviated by Jerome.  He safely navigated us towards St Anne’s Court and onwards to the Cathedral quarter always taking care to keep us in a group waiting at traffic lights to ensure nobody was left behind. About 70% of the tour takes place on Belfast’s network of cycle paths and sticking together as a group meant we never felt intimidated by the traffic.

Despite working and living in and around Belfast for several years it quickly became obvious the OutdoorNI.com team knew little of hidden Belfast.  Everybody in Belfast knows St Anne’s Cathedral but how many locals take time to the read the excerpts from the work of some of Northern Ireland’s most esteemed laureates etched on the ground of Writers’ Square situated just opposite.

The tour was full of interesting anecdotes of Northern Ireland’s past with a refreshing concentration on the positive rather than dwelling on ‘the troubles’.  It’s not that Jerome is trying to sugar coat Belfast’s past, “The Black Taxi Tours and other bus tours cover the troubles very well, so we are keen to concentrate on other elements of Belfast that were are passionate about” explained Jerome.

Although a lot of the trip is taking a step back in time there is also a chance the get up to speed with the modern era as Jerome points out his favourite pubs, cafés and music venues which would certainly provide an excellent orientation for any visitor to the city.

After a name guessing competition at the celebrity mural in Commercial Court, the tour continued through the Titantic Quarter, Waterfront, Botanic Gardens, Queens University and Lisburn Road with each stop revealing both hidden gems and well known jewels in Belfast’s crown.  Tours last around three hours but the relaxed pace means you barely break a sweat as the geared California Cruisers are a joy to pedal with comfortable saddles.

The OutdoorNI.com team is not really the type to turn heads but aboard our quirky bikes, pedestrians looked on and children waved out of passing cars both with a smile which clearly sums up the excitement the enjoyment that Belfast City Bike Tours will bring to Belfast.

Activity Provider:

Belfast City Bike Tours
Linen House Hostel
The Linen House
18 - 20 Kent Street

+44 (0)7592 208 716


£15 per person with concessions available. Tours last around 3 hours.  Full schedule of upcoming tours. 


Chris Scott
Chris Scott

When not boring everyone about his little kids’ latest antics, Chris enjoys sailing and cycling, if only to offset his love of eating out and Marlborough Cabernet Sauvignon..

2 comments have been posted in reply to this article

Posted by Stone on October 9, 2011 @ 2:28 PM

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