The A2 Coast Road to Larne

Cushendun to Belfast Cycle

Distance: 108km
Climbing: 1046m

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This is a real ride of two halves. Or more like three-thirds. You start the day by riding high into the Antrim Glens before descending to Waterfoot and then riding for a flat 38km along the beautiful coast road to Larne, passing through several villages.

To our knowledge it is the longest unbroken stretch of coastal road on the island of Ireland.

From there you climb to a viewpoint at the Knockagh Monument overlooking the coast before going down to Whiteabbey outside of Belfast. Then there is a cycle path you can ride to the city centre.

This is a long route but it can be shortened by getting the train at Larne or lengthened to a two-day trip by first riding Coleraine to Cushendun to make the most of your time in the region.

This route ends in Whiteabbey outside Belfast, where you can either get the train or cycle on a cycle path into the city centre.

Attractions

Old Cushendun Road Climb – This climb rises 411m from sea level on a ride up through one of the famous Glens of Antrim.

Glenariff Forest Park has a superb elevated walkway past multiple waterfalls.

Glenarm Castle Walled Gardens is an easy stop along the coast.

Knockagh Monument is situated on a hill above Carrickfergus with magnificent views. It is dedicated to the soldiers from Antrim who gave their lives in the world wars.

Cushendun to Belfast Cycle Useful Info

Some of these roads – particularly the coast road – can be busy, so choose the best time to go considering this.

You can get the train to Belfast from Whiteabbey or Larne. Larne has the benefit of being the first or second stop on the line. Bikes travel for free and there are four spaces in the designated carriage. Translink has info on times and tickets.

Useful Links

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Coleraine to Cushendun

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