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Coleraine to Cushendun Cycle Directions


Section 1

0 to 10km

Turn right at the train station entrance. Immediately turn right on Bushmills Road, cross the railway tracks and take the second left after 380m on Artiilllery Road. There is a wire fence and a flag at the turnoff.

Go left at the roundabout that you reach straightaway and at the first t-junction turn right.

Ignore the first left turnoff and then the road is straight for 500m. When the main turns right, take the left turnoff on Cromore Road.

You soon leave Ballycastle [5km marker] and reach a t-junction after 5.8km, soon after passing straight through a roundabout.

If you want to see Portstewart seafront, turn left and it is only a few hundred metres away. Otherwise turn right for Portrush.

You are now on the Causeway Coastal Route and the intial section is a pleasant ride along the flat coast on a wide road. You pass a caravan park and a golf course.


Section 2

10 – 20km

After entering Portstewart you reach a roundabout by a chapel. Turn left here. At the next roundabout turn left, and then immediately right at the roundabout a few metres later, following the sign for the Causeway Coastal Route.

Go through the next roundabout and then right at the second roundabout, following the sign for Dunluce Castle. After a while the road rises gently.

You pass a turn for White Rocks Beach. Otherwise continue straight [15km marker] for 2.4km to reach Dunluce Castle, which is clearly visible from the road. Keep on the left side as the road splits.

Take the first left turn, signed Portballintrae. Ride down the hill, into the village and turn right at the roundabout.


Section 3

20 – 30km

This road brings you back to the A2, where you turn left at a t-junction

You ride into Bushmills. You cross the river and reach a roundabout on Main Street. The Old Bushmills Distillery is 600m away on the right, behind the large car park. Otherwise, turn left for The Giant’s Causeway.

After 1.7km the first left turn is clearly signed. Take it. Stay on Causeway Road and after a small hill there is a left turn at The Nook pub for the Giant’s Causeway.

Continue on Causeway Road the way you were going [25km marker]. The road briefly dips inland.


Section 4

30 – 40km

Eventually you rejoin the A2 at a t-junction. Turn left, signed Causeway Coastal Route. Keep straight all the way, ignoring the right turn where the A2 leaves for Ballycastle and [35km marker] after passing through the small village of Ballintoy you start to climb a hill.

Halfway up the left turn for Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is well signed. The bridge is a 10-15 minute walk from the car park.

Continue uphill on the main road. At the top of the hill there are some of the best views of the day.


Section 5

40 – 50km

Follow the road all the way to Ballycastle seafront – you take a left turn on a right-hand bend outside the town, with clear signs. [45km marker]. Just after passing the quay from where the Rathlin Island ferry leaves, turn left at the roundabout. It is signed Coastal Causeway Route.

You leave Ballycastle on the A2 and go gradually uphill on a long straight. After 3.5km there is a sharp right at Hunter’s Bar at Ballyvoy.

Take the left turn that actually goes straight ahead, signed Murlough Bay and Fair Head (ignore the hard left turn). This is Torr Road.


Section 6

50 – 60km

###Optional detour to Fair Head###
###5.4km return – 60m climbing###
Fair Head is the highest sheer limestone crag in Britain or Ireland, and is popular with climbers. Take the first left (signed Fair Head car park) down Fair Head Road, and there is a car park at the end of it. It is a reasonably short walk to the cliffs. Return the same way.
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If you are short of time, a better option is the following detour to Murlough Bay.

If you don’t go to Fair Head, continue straight on and take the second left turn after nearing the top of a hill to stay on Torr Road, which is signed Torr Head. This road continues uphill. The next left is the way to Murlough Bay and is signed.

###Optional detour to Murlough Bay###
###7km return – 270m of climbing###
The road rises and then there is a steep dscent down the other side. The road is barely wide enough for a car, which keeps the visitor numbers down. The bay itself is beautiful, and often deserted. It is worth the stiff climb back up.
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Continue the way you were going and the road steadily rises [55km marker]. Take the first, narrow left turn to stay on Torr Road. Go over the top of the hill and enjoy the twisty descent on the other side, from which you can see Scotland on a clear day.

When you reach a t-junction, turn left and keep downhil.

Stay on this road as it turns sharply right and rejoins the main road at a t-junction, where you turn left again. Soon you have a very steep climb. There are fine views from the top and you can see the road far ahead, where it descends again.


Section 7

60 – 68km

Enjoy the [65km marker] scenery for the 7km, the end of which is the descent into the village of Cushendun. When you reach a t-junction at the bottom of the hill, turn left.

The centre of the village is a kilometre away, on the other side of the bridge.