Get on your bike: 7 perfect spots for two-wheeled adventure in Northern Ireland this summer

The only electric bike experience in Northern Ireland's remote West.
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As we freewheel into Bike Week (10th-16th June), there’s no better time to embrace active travel and take in the sights and sounds of the natural world around you.

Why not take the opportunity to view the rugged Causeway Coast on two wheels, pedal through the awe-inspiring Mourne and Sperrin mountain ranges or gear up for some enchanting forest trails, during unforgettable cycling experiences in Northern Ireland.

Whether you’re exploring one of Northern Ireland's historic cities or venturing off the beaten path, you’re only a short cycle away from a giant adventure bursting with fantastic vistas, challenging climbs and peaceful traffic-free paths.

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Discover Northern Ireland has compiled the following guide showcasing unique and fun cycling experiences that offer something new in every mile.

Bike in Belfast

Experience Belfast by bike with an intimate guided tour from Belfast Bike Tours and learn about the city’s rich history. A tour of Belfast on two wheels will let you discover which attraction is leaning to the left, which African city has an exact replica of Belfast City Hall and why everyone is kissing the Big Fish. Stay in the heart of the action along the Maritime Mile at the AC Hotel Belfast.

Discover Derry

The Far & Wild Foodie City Cycle tour of Derry takes in culinary experiences focusing on quality local produce. Eateries like Pykes N’ Pommes and the Walled City Brewery offer samples of their freshest, locally sourced fare, while the tour also takes in an historic view of St Columb’s Park, Ebrington Square and the Peace Bridge.

Or, if you’re eager to explore more of ancient Mid-Ulster, Far & Wild’s Cycle Sperrins tour invites you to saddle up and go off the beaten track to trace the ancient route of Bronze Age settlers. Stay at The James Suite in the centre of the city for that little bit of luxury at the end of your day.

The Far & Wild Foodie City Cycle tour of Derry
The Far & Wild Foodie City Cycle tour of Derry -Credit:Tourism Northern Ireland

Embrace an Electric Escape in Co Fermanagh

Cruise along old bog roads and forest tracks and enjoy sweeping views over Fermanagh’s stunning Lakelands as you make your electric escape thanks to Corralea Activity Centre’s E-Bike Tours. The power assisted bikes will make hills a breeze as you effortlessly explore the untapped wilderness and discover megalithic tombs hidden in the forest.

Afterwards, why not relax in the centre’s Forest Eco Spa which includes a Nordic sauna, wood-fired hot tub and relaxation pod. Stay in the Corralea Cottages or the Enniskillen Watersedge Apartments, situated in the centre of the Fermanagh Lakelands district.

Cruise through Co Down’s Mourne Mountains

If you like your ales and enjoy tackling the trails then Mournes Trails & Ales Tour is the experience for you. This half day, fully guided cycle tour on an electric bike explores the very best of the Mourne Mountain region and introduces you to some delicious local tipples.

Bike Mourne has an extensive fleet available to hire for your own experience or through a guided tour with passionate guides. Discover Life Adventure Centre’s Electric Mountain Biking at Castlewellan Forest Park, a must-try for adventurers of all ages (14+) and abilities.

For something a little bit more exhilarating, take on some of the best mountain bike trails in the region at Rostrevor’s Kilbroney Park, and make sure to take a selfie at #KodakCorner on the 27km red trail. Stay at the bike-friendly Burrendale Hotel Country Club and Spa for some truly breath-taking views of the Mourne Mountains.

Explore Co Tyrone’s trails

There are over 140km of purpose-built mountain-biking trails on offer across Northern Ireland but some of the best can be found in Co Tyrone. The Davagh Forest trails offer high-octane singletrack thrills, while those in search of a cracking mix of wide-flowing blue trails, and more technical red trails, need look no further than Blessingbourne Country Estate.

The trails here have lots of features including jumps, table-tops, berms, rock-gardens and drops - as well as chicken-runs for your kids. Pick from a range of bike friendly, self-catering options in this 550-acre country estate in Clogher Valley.

Northern Ireland has unique and fun cycling experiences that offer something new in every mile.
Northern Ireland has unique and fun cycling experiences that offer something new in every mile. -Credit:Belfast Bike Tours

Giro d’Causeway Coast

Those looking to experience the truly awe-inspiring vistas of the Causeway Coast can design their itinerary to suit their cycling ability. Travel in style with with Alive Adventures eBikes where you’ll be able to explore the natural beauty of the landscape and take in sights including Dunluce Castle, Bushmills Distillery and the Giant’s Causeway.

If you’re looking for a physical challenge opt for the 23-mile Causeway Coast Cycle Route which runs from the seaside village of Castlerock to the iconic Giant's Causeway. The route was taken by riders of the 2014 Giro d’Italia when Northern Ireland hosted three stages of the prestigious race and both trailheads are accessible by train, making them an eco-friendlier choice. Make it a journey to remember by enjoying a unique stay in the sleek glamour of Elephant Rock hotel in Portrush.

Gosford Forest Park and Pedal

With 240 acres of diverse woodland and 16km of multi-use trails, Gosford is perfect for a gentle cycle or for those seeking more challenging thrills. A great day out in Markethill in the heart of Co Armagh is guaranteed for all the family at Gosford Forest Park. With accessible experiences offered by All Out Trekking this natural playground provides ample opportunity for everyone to get involved.

As you explore make sure to keep an eye out for Gosford’s magnificent herd of red deer and the impressive castle. Relax in style and comfort and make the bike-friendly Armagh City Hotel your home from home.

For more information or to find your handlebar happiness in Northern Ireland visit discovernorthernireland.com.

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