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North Of Ireland Self-Guided Tour (14 Nights)

Tour code: NOISG14

Tour Overview

This is a comprehensive tour of the North of Ireland region. The routes take in the Bann Valley, the Sperrins, the Causeway Coast, the Antrim Plateau, the Glens of Antrim, the Antrim Coast Road, Belfast, the Gap of the North, the Cooley Peninsula, the Mournes, the Ards Peninsula and St Patrick’s Country.

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 exploration of the remote Sperrins. From Draperstown the next leg returns to the Bann Valley, following the river north to 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. From Cushendall you follow the Antrim Coast Road south to Larne, where you hop the train to Moira via Belfast. From Moira you ride south along the Newry Canal to Newry at the head of Carlingford Lough for a two night halt. The loop ride explores the Cooley Peninsula to the west of the lough. Leaving Newry you follow the coast north to Rostrevor and then climb through the Mournes to the Spelga Pass from where you drop down to Castlewellan. The next leg continues around Dundrum Bay to Downpatrick for a two night stopover. The loop route explores St Patrick’s Country and the southern end of the Ards Peninsula. The last leg returns to Moira via the shores of Strangford Lough, the drumlins of County Down and Hillsborough.

For information on the en route scenery and attractions see the Regional Details page.
The itinerary follows routes B, F, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, and S
This tour is rated B – click here for tour rating description.

Ten highlights

  • The Beaghmore Stone Circles
  • Gortin Lakes
  • Binevenagh Plateau
  • Mussenden Temple
  • The Giant’s Causeway
  • Dunluce Castle
  • Bushmills Distillery
  • The Antrim Coast Road
  • The Silent Valley
  • Tollymore Forest Park
  • Castleward House
  • Dundrum Castle
  • Nendrum Monastic Site


  • Antrim Plateau
  • Beaghmore Stones
  • Dunluce
  • Glenariff Waterfall
  • Glenelly Valley
  • Mournes
  • Portbraddon
  • Saul Church
  • Sperrins Landscape
  • Whiterocks


  • To lengthen the tour, consider spending a night or two in Belfast at the beginning or end of the biking, or alternatively in the middle of the tour when you pass through the city on your way from the Causeway to the Mournes.

Outline Itinerary

Day Itinerary Start Finish Route options
En Route
1 arrive at ANTRIM            
2 route B^* Antrim Coleraine    
Lough Neagh; Toome; Sperrins
3 route F Coleraine Bushmills  
Binevenagh Plateau; Mussenden Temple; Hezlett House; Dunluce Castle
4 route G Bushmills Ballycastle    
Bushmills Distillery; Giant's Causeway; Carrick-a-Rede
5 route H Ballycastle Ballycastle  
Torr Head; Cushendun; Rathlin Island; Vanishing Lake
6 route I Ballycastle Cushendall  
Glenshesk; Antrim Plateau; Glenaan; Glenarriff Forest park
7 route K^ Cushendall Belfast  
Antrim Coast Road; Glenarm; Carrickfergus Castle
8 route L Belfast Moira      
Shaw's Bridge; Lagan Valley Cycleway; Hillsborough Castle
9 route M^ Moira Newry    
Newry Canal Path; Scarva; Loughbrickland
10 route N Newry Newry
Carlingford Castle; CooleyPeninsula; Ring of Gullion
11 route O* Newry Castlewellan    
Warrenpoint; Silent Valley; Mourne Mountains; Spelga Pass; Tollymore Forest Park
12 route P Castlewellan Downpatrick  
Dundrum Castle; Tyrella Beach; Ardglass; Struel Wells; St Patrick's Grave
13 route Q Downpatrick Downpatrick  
Castleward; Strangford; Portaferry; Mountstewart; Greyabbey
14 route S* Downpatrick Belfast    
Inch Abbey; Nendrum Monastic Site; Castle Espie; Comber Greenway
15 depart from BELFAST          

Tour Costs

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

* Train fare from Larne to Moira is not included.

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