Garvagh and Kilrea These thriving rural market towns, located on the Agivey and Lower Bann Rivers respectively, provide ideal bases for touring the North Sperrins countryside and Lower Bann Valley.
Mussenden Temple, Downhill The Temple and surrounding coastal views are among the most photographed scenes in Ireland. Opportunities exist to explore the ruins of Downhill Castle, the Bishop’s Gate and Mausoleum, all situated within a rural parkland setting.
Hezlett House A 17th Century thatched cottage, owned by the National Trust and thought to be one of the oldest buildings in Ireland. It is now furnished in late Victorian style with a small display of traditional farm implements.
Mountsandel Fort, Coleraine Situated on the wooded eastern bank of the River Bann, the Fort is the setting of the earliest known habitation of man in Ireland, dating from before 7,000 B.C. Visitors can enjoy pleasant riverside walks and excellent views over the town and river.
Portrush and Portstewart These neighbouring coastal resorts, enjoying spectacular natural settings, offer a wide range of services and facilities for visitors and tourists. The area is famed for its high quality beaches which regularly attain Blue Flag status.
Sustrans Tel No: 028 9043 4569 www.nationalcyclenet work.org.uk
Information National Cycle Network Information Line Tel No: 0845 1130065
Portrush Tourist Information Centre Dunluce Centre, Sandhill Drive Tel No: 028 7082 3333
Information Coleraine Tourist Information Centre Railway Road Tel No: 028 7034 4723
Carnroe Supplies 110 Agivey Road, Kilrea Tel No: 028 7086 8825
JJB Sports Riverside Regional Centre Castleroe Road, Coleraine Tel No:028 7032 8567
Halfords Riverside Regional Centre Castleroe Road, Coleraine Tel No: 028 7032 2590
Coleraine Area Smyth’s Cycle & Camping Centre 46 Long Commons Coleraine Tel No: 028 7035 4585
Cycle Sales & Repairs in the
Coleraine Bus & Rail Tel No: 028 7032 5400
Coleraine Borough is well served by rail and bus services. For all travel information contact Translink 028 9066 6630
Cycle Hire The Bushmills Bike Company The Shop, 140 Main Street Bushmills Tel No: 028 207 30262 Mobile: 07966 913 682
& Hire G McAlister Cycles 16 Glenleary Road Coleraine Tel No: 028 7034 4704
Cycle Sales Repairs
Bushmills Distillery Situated in the picturesque village of Bushmills, the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery offers visitors opportunities to avail of the following services: Guided tour of working distillery, whiskey tasting, gift shop and restaurant.
Bushmills Railway This recently refurbished heritage railway, the only steam heritage railway in N. Ireland, operating daily services from early May to the end of September, runs on the line of the original Portrush to Giant’s Causeway tramway. Operating from 1883 to 1949, this was the world’s first hydro-electric tramway. The cycle path runs alongside the railway.
Giant’s Causeway The spectacular World Heritage site with its basalt columns, Atlantic Coast views and a certain amount of folklore thrown in is well worth a visit. Café, shops, tourist information and audio visual available.
Riverside Path to Somerset Forest Castleroe & Windy Hall
Link to Station
ATTRACTIONS ALONG THE ROUTE
Castlerock & Limavady
There are also two signed cycle routes in the south of the Borough centred on the thriving market town of Garvagh. Although similar in length (approximately 15 miles long) both routes offer contrasting landscapes, ranging from the forested slopes of the north Sperrins foothills to the lower fertile plains of the Lower Bann Valley and the town of Kilrea. (Both routes are part of a wider network of cycle routes across the Sperrins region - separate detailed route cards available for both routes).
The 22 mile cycle route along the North Atlantic Coast from The Giant’s Causeway via Coleraine to Castlerock forms part of the National Cycle Network Route 93. Passing through the resort towns of Portrush, Portstewart and the main town of Coleraine, the route is well signed with many dedicated, cycle friendly measures. From Castlerock the route turns inland through Downhill Forest and climbs to Gortmore with spectacular views of Lough Foyle before descending to Limavady. For a return route cyclists can use the busy A2 coast road past Benone Strand and Downhill.
NCN Route to Portstewart & Ballycastle
On-Road Cycle Lanes
Cycle routes along the Atlantic Coast and through the quiet countryside of the Sperrins foothills
Cycling in the Borough of Coleraine
CYCLING IN THE BOROUGH OF COLERAINE
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