Our Glens of Antrim Guided Cycling Tour offers you some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the country, with cliffs and rolling green fields sweeping down towards the Irish Sea along a coastline dotted with ancient forts and castles.
We also cycle inland up into the famous Glens of Antrim with some wonderful highland cycling on quiet backroads. Finally you visit Bushmills the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world and finish off the week with a visit to the Giants Causeway , the most famous landmark in Northern Ireland with its amazing basalt roach formations.MAKE AN ENQUIRY
Day 1 – Saturday
We meet up in the centre of Belfast and after an introductory meeting we have dinner together.
Day 2 – Sunday
A Sustrans Cycle path guides us out of Belfast along the coast to Carrickfergus and its famous 12th Century castle. We then head inland to avoid the Sunday drivers and up into the mountains before descending to the first of the Antrim Glens with beautiful views of the ocean below. That night we stay in the quiet seaside village of Glenarm.
Day 3 – Monday
In the morning we cycle back up into the hills and see Sperrin mountain. It is here where legend has it that St Patrick spent his youth in captivity as a pig farmer before escaping back to England only to return as a Bishop to convert Ireland to Christianity. We then return to the coast for lunch in a seaside Hotel. The days cycle takes in the beauty of Antrim not only in its coastline but also in its famous and stunning Glens. Slowly but surely we make our way along the coast to the village of Cushendall where we base ourselves for two nights.
Day 4 – Tuesday
Heading inland again, we cycle through two of the most spectacular Glens of Antrim before returning back to Cushendall for another night in this lovely village.
Day 5 – Wednesday
In the morning we explore the pretty and less visited Glenaan more thoroughly and then return to the coast for lunch in Cushendun. In the afternoon comes one of the highlights of the week, a breathtaking cycle along the coast road to Ballycastle passing along green fields dotted with sheep, while you look out over beautiful views of Scotland and the Mull of Kintyre, just across the sea.
Day 6 – Thursday
One attractive option on the rest day is to take the ferry to explore Rathlin Island, which is some five miles out in the Atlantic.
Day 7 – Friday
We cycle along the coast where we can visit the famous Carrickrede rope bridge and then along to view the hexagonal rock formations at the Giants Causeway. From there we head to the village of Bushmills where we can visit the famous Whiskey distillery. The tour finishes off with a transfer back from Coleraine to Belfast city for a final night together.
Day 8 – Saturday
After a hearty breakfast, like all good things the tour ends!
This itinerary can also be offered as a self-guided cycling holiday on request.
Day 2 – 40 miles / 64kms
Day 3 – 35 miles / 56kms
Day 4 – 35 miles/56kms
Day 6 – 35 miles/56kms
Day 7 – 25 miles/40kms