Getting Ballycastle, Ardtrea, Maghery & Ballyhaise points
This is a wee trip that my wife & myself took, plenty of good views and coffee shops along the way.
Excellent mix of fast and curves, more emphasis on the curves. Spectacular view between two mountains for part, nice views along lough shore for others
Decided on the full East side of Northern Ireland from Larne to County Down at Terrella Beach. Most of the route take is 'B' roads but I had to take a lot of 'A' roads as well. Like everywhere keep to the speed limits and watch out for farm machinery
This is a great route for everyone, and can be started at any point. Some great views of the old industrial days of NI past and present. Some great views of the coastal roads and great scenery along the way. I won't give a step by step account of the route but if you want to see a beautiful country this is one of many routes that you will find. Their are plenty of places to stop for coffee and a bite to eat and I hope you enjoy this route I created for a good day out alone or with friends.
Fast some tightening turns
Long twisty road out of castlewellan
Brilliant road to bypass the main Lisburn road road just flows like a short circuit if I'm going to Lisburn will take it every time without a doubt not much police either and no roads turning into it
Nice run over backroad to the coast magnificent view of Slemish and North Antrim plateau pleasant coastal ride before going back to Ballymena by Glenariff
Route takes in small twisty roads forests lakes hills and some amazing scenery. Did this run today as part of a charity ride out. It's a long run but well worth it
Mostly flowing minor roads.
Some nice flowing minor roads.
From Londonderry follow main road to Strabane some beautiful views of the River Foyle cross into ROI at Lifford and head for Ballyshannon through Donegal Hills enter NI and head for Enniskillen then Omagh
A Good 50 Mile Round Trip :)
This route starts at Loughs Agency on Victoria Road (the A5) in Londonderry.
Visit the free aquarium and visitors centre to learn more about the
sea life of the coastline you are about to ride!
The run follows Lough Foyle, a beautiful enclosed bay leading off the Atlantic Ocean. These waters are farmed for mussels and oysters plus providing a natural shelter for a deep sea fishing fleet - there is a sea food restaurant in Greencastle at the mouth of the lough.
A good road takes the biker to Redcastle. Then "not so good" roads... but okay!
Ride across the mountain to the quaint village of Culdaff with its surf beaches and the pier at Bunagee.
The road winds over a ridge to another harbour at Glengad and thence to Malin Pier (not to be confused with Malin town).
Try the most northerly pint in Ireland at Farren's Bar or eat at the Seaview Tavern (locally known as Vera Doc's).
A great run - spectacular scenery, a road that works the body, an unexplored place... !
The rocky islets off Malin are the Garvan Isles. Beyond is Inishtrahull, the most northerly piece of he Irish archipelago.
Beautiful coastal ride! The road between Newry and Carlingford squeezes betwixt sea and mountain and then the country widens out as the road sweeps around towards Dundalk. Carlingford village has nestled on the shores of the eponymous sea lough since Norman times. The narrow streets peppered with the ruins of castles (yes, plural - there are several in a small space!) are delightful to wander - never failing to delight (even \'bikers!). Consider a stopover - lovely restaurants and interesting pubs, often with live folk music. Greenore owes its origins to the railway companies, built as a railhead for the service connecting with passenger ferries bound for Holyhead in Wales. This place - with its terraced, brick streets - looks like a tiny piece of Liverpool transposed to County Louth!
Malin Head is the most northerly point on the island of Ireland. A great destination for a challenge \'bike run - you can\'t go any further! Spectacular views across to the Scottish islands and to the uninhabited island of Inishtrahull, 6 miles to the northeast. Beautiful seascape - this is the north Atlantic, after all! The waters off Malin were the battleground in two world wars - U boats, Allied aircraft, convoy protection battleships etc - a spectacular number of wrecks lie off here. Visit the Sea View Tavern for a coffee overlooking Inishtrahull Sound (a submarine trench drops to 90 metres depth)visist this website : www.loughs-agency.org/discover/activities/motorcycling-test
An alternative to the usual coastal route through Newcastle - the A50 between Castlwellan and Banbridge is fantastic with a great road surface and I love this road in either direction. If you want to split off and head round the coast its a great option too.
Sheffield to peak dis
A nice route that takes you down the Newtownards Peninsula to the ferry (http://www.downdc.gov.uk/Leisure---Culture/Tourism/Strangford-Portaferry-Ferry-Sailing-Times.aspx)then carry on down to Newcastle. Stop for a wee coffee or tea and then back up to Lisburn. When you get to the roundabout before the A1 you turn left down toward the park and ride where there is a fantastic pair of roundabouts for you to get yer knee down on a few laps, just watch out for doating drivers at this point. Once youve had your fill of the round abouts then off to KFC in Lisburn for a wee snack. Hope you enjoy my route.
Fast sections and some great views
Great view of the Mourne mountains across Dundrum bay. Then on to Castlewellan for a view of the Mournes from the other side. After Castlewellan youre on pretty much traffic free road until the outskirts of the towns. Loads of places for over takes. Suitable for a nice cruise or a head down/ass in the air rip up the road. Good scenery, just check out the street view of Clanmaghery Road.
A lovely straight-ish road with lots of hills and sweeping bends. Ends at Gingerparts.com shop in Killyleagh.
This is a good mix of well surfased B roads, only 5 miles of Carriageway and a bit with no white lines for good measure. Police presence is minimal but always observe speed limits in built up areas just in case !
Some great roads and beautiful scenery. Plenty of refreshment points. Frustrating and unnecessary 50mph limit throughout, as in the whole of Derbyshire, but still a great ride. Busy with tourist traffic in peak holiday season, when police also patrol...