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Causeway & Sperrins Self-Guided Tour (9 Nights)

Tour code: NOISG9

Tour Overview

Starting in Antrim and finishing in Antrim or in Belfast this itinerary explores first the Sperrins and then the ancient kingdom of Dalriada that occupies the north east corner of the island of Ireland. Regions explored include Lough Neagh, the Sperrins, the Bann Valley, the Causeway Coast, the Antrim Plateau, the Glens of Antrim and the Antrim Coast Road.
From Antrim the first ride takes you west to the Sperrins for a two night stopover, and then follows the river Bann north to meet the Atlantic Ocean at Coleraine. From Coleraine you follow the Causeway Coast east to Bushmills. Continuing east, the next leg leads to Ballycastle for a two night stopover. The loop route from here offers a choice of a trip to Rathlin Island or a testing circuit via Torr Head. From Ballycastle you ride over the Antrim plateau and down one of the Glens of Antrim to meet the coast at Cushendall. The last leg follows the Antrim Coast Road south before turning inland back to Ballymena.

For information on the en route scenery and attractions see the Regional Details page.

Ten highlights

  • The historic, bustling, endlessly fascinating city of Belfast
  • The views over Lough Foyle from the Binevenagh Plateau 
  • The enigmatic Giant’s Causeway – a World Heritage Site
  • Bushmills Distillery – the oldest licensed distillery in the world
  • Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge (for an optional test of nerve)
  • Dunluce Castle and its dramatic cliff top location
  • The roller coaster road by Torr Head
  • The village of Cushendun, designed by William Clough Ellis 
  • The waterfalls in Glenariff Forest Park
  • Many filming locations for the TV series Game of Thrones

Gallery

  • Barnes Gap
  • Beaghmore Stone Circles
  • Ben Crom
  • Bishop's Palace
  • Dunluce Castle
  • Fair Head
  • Giants Causeway
  • Gortin Lakes
  • Torr Head
  • Whitepark Bay
 

Options

  • To lengthen the tour, consider spending a night or two in Belfast at the beginning or end of the biking.
  • Take a ferry out to Rathlin Island from Ballycastle for the day.

Outline Itinerary

Day Start Stay Core route Other options En Route
→ ml ↑ ft longer Shorter
1 - Belfast - - - -

 

2 Antrim Draperstown 35 1100  

Lough Neagh, Toomebridge eel fishery, the Sperrins

3 Draperstown Draperstown 30 2179  

The Sperrins, Gortin Lakes, Ulster History Park

4 Draperstown Aghadowey 29 964  

Bann River Valley, Portglenone

5 Aghadowey Bushmills 36 1134

Binevenagh Plateau, Mussenden Temple, Dunluce Castle

6 Bushmills Bushmills 30 979

Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills Distillery, Dark Hedges

7 Bushmills Ballycastle 15 1032  

Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, Kinbane Castle, Ballintoy Harbour

8 Ballycastle Cushendall 36 2390  

Glenshesk, Cushendun, Glenarriff Forest Park

9 Cushendall Belfast 50 1796  

Antrim Coast Road, The Gobbins, Carrickfergus Castle

Day-by-Day Summary

Tour Costs

Costs in Sterling Pounds
Basic cost per person sharing 855*
Single accommodation supplement (if applicable) 305
Optional Costs
Bicycle rental
Hybrid 145
Touring 165
Road 185
E-Bike 240
luggage transfers Total for one or two people 310
Each additional person 20
Pannier rental per pair
15

* Prices for solo travellers are on request

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