Passing Whiterocks Bay

Coleraine to Cushendun Cycle

Distance: 68km
Climbing: 744m

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The Antrim Coast Road is one of the world’s most famous coastal roads and makes for an amazing day’s cycling from Coleraine. You pass a slew of top attractions, including The Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

For much of the second half of this ride you can see Scotland across the Irish Sea.

Although this route is short, there are a huge amount of things to see and do, so you may want to take more than a day, especially if it is your first time in the area.

You can combine this route with Cushendun to Belfast for a two-day trip. That route can be shortened by finishing at Larne and getting the train on to Belfast.


White Rocks Beach is a long sandy beach near Portrush.

Dunluce Castle has a remarkable clifftop location.

Bushmills Distillery is one of the region’s most popular attractions, and is very close to the route.

The Giant’s Causeway – what more needs to be said about this spectacular rock formation?

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is an icon of Northern Ireland. Are you brave enough to cross it?

Fair Head has some of the highest sheer cliffs in Ireland but access is a little far from the road.

Murlough Bay is a scenic and secluded bay down a narrow descent.

Torr Scenic Road passes Torr Head. It clings to the mountains high above the sea and is a spectacular ride.

Coleraine to Cushendall Cycle Useful Info

You spend the day going on and off main roads. The last 16km are on the very narrow Torr Scenic Road, which limits traffic. But if traffic bothers you then you are best off doing the ride on a weekday.

Check the wind ahead of time if. A north or westerly wind is good news for this cycle.

You can reach Coleraine and Portrush by train from Belfast, and you can reach Coleraine from Derry. Translink has details. Trains can carry up to 4 bikes in a designated carriage. The bike spaces are beside fold-down seats and have belts to hold the bicycles.

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Cushendun to Belfast



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