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Causeway & Sperrins Self-Guided Tour (9 Nights)

Tour code: NOISG9

Tour Overview

Starting in Antrim and ending in Antrim or in Belfast, this itinerary extends the Causeway 7 night itinerary with an additional two nights in the Sperrins. The tour encompasses Lough Neagh, the Sperrins, The Bann Valley, The Causeway Coast, the Antrim Plateau, the Glens of Antrim, and the Antrim Coast Road. There is also the option to visit Rathlin Island.

Starting from Antrim you ride west to Toomebridge at the northern end of Lough Neagh and continue west to Draperstown at the eastern fringes of the Sperrins for a two night stopover. The loop ride is a wonderful explorations of the remote Sperrins. From Draperstown the next leg return to the Bann Valley, following the river north to Coleraine. From Coleraine you follow the Causeway Coast 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.
The itinerary follows routes C, D, E, F, G, H, I and J or K.
The tour is rated B – click here for tour rating description.

Ten highlights

  • The Beaghmore Stone Circles
  • Gortin Lakes
  • Barnes Gap
  • Binevenagh Plateau
  • Mussenden Temple
  • The Giant’s Causeway
  • Dunluce Castle
  • Bushmills Distillery
  • The Glens of Antrim
  • The Antrim Coast Road

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.

Outline Itinerary

Day Itinerary Start Finish Route options
En Route
1 arrive at ANTRIM        
2 route C Antrim Draperstown      
Lough Neagh; Toome; Sperrins
3 route D Draperstown Draperstown  
Sperrins; Gortin Glen Forest Park; Beaghmore Stone Circles
4 route E Draperstown Coleraine  
Sperrins; Bann Valley; Mountsandel
5 route F Coleraine Bushmills  
Binevenagh Plateau; Mussenden Temple; Hezlett House; Dunluce Castle
6 route G Bushmills Ballycastle    
Bushmills Distillery; Giant's Causeway; Carrick-a-Rede
7 route H Ballycastle Ballycastle  
Torr Head; Cushendun; Rathlin Island; Vanishing Lake
8 route I Ballycastle Cushendall  
Glenshesk; Antrim Plateau; Glenaan; Glenarriff Forest park
9 route J^ Cushendall Antrim    
Antrim Coast Road; Glenarm; Slemish
or 9 route K^ Cushendall Belfast  
Antrim Coast Road; Glenarm; Carrickfergus Castle
10 depart from ANTRIM or BELFAST        

Tour Costs

Costs in Sterling Pounds
basic cost per person sharing
795
single accommodation supplement (if applicable)
270
Optional Costs
bicycle rental
Trek Hybrid
110
Ridgeback Touring
120
Trek Road
140
pannier rental per pair
10
luggage transfers
shared charge for group
285
additional charge per rider
15

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