Fermanagh is part of The National Cycle Network in Northern Ireland - a network of signed cycle ways that are here for everyone to enjoy! The routes vary from traffic-free and family-friendly to ‘challenge’ and long-distance routes.
The Castle Archdale Family Cycle Trail, developed by the Countryside Access & Activities Network (CAAN) is one not to be missed! Along with cycle trails from Enniskillen Castle to Castle Coole and within the Crom Estate this diverse range of cycle routes will allow you to marvel at one of Ireland’s most important nature conversations, fantastic views over Lough Erne as well as some of the treasures of the National Trust!
Kingfisher Cycle Trail
The Kingfisher Cycle Trail (Route 91) is a circular route with approximately 230 miles (370 kilometres) of mapped and signposted cycle trail, with a number of shorter loops possible. The trail is designed in a figure of 8 shape to allow for both long and short cycling holidays. The two main loops are the Northern Loop of nearly 100 miles (160 km) and the Southern Loop of 135 miles (216 km). These can be cycled as two separate routes or as one continuous figure of eight. A number of shorter loops are also possible. The Kingfisher Trail has been named after the kingfisher, a bird long associated with the lakes, fishing and the tranquillity of the rural setting. The route follows quiet country roads, winding through rural countryside, Lakelands, Atlantic Coast and Mountain Trail, through the border counties of Fermanagh, Leitrim, Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan and is the ideal choice for all levels of Cyclist. Note however that traffic increases through larger towns. The route is fairly flat with some gently undulating hills and is suitable for all abilities, from seasoned cyclists to family groups. Suitable for independent or group travel.
If you are using the ferry crossing on Lough Erne between Derrylin and Newtownbutler (map) phone ahead giving as much notice as possible (at least 48 hours) on 028 6773 8118. Please note this ferry is subject to availability particularly at weekends.
The original brown cycle signs for the Kingfisher Cycle Trail will eventually be replaced by blue cycle trail signs.
Please note: Some of the Kingfisher Trail signs have been damaged or gone missing, please do not rely on signage alone to guide you along the trail. The existing trail route has been affected in some areas by road works, please exercise caution at all junctions.
www.kingfishercycletrail.com / www.sustrans.org.uk / www.cycleni.com
The North West Cycle Trail
The North West Trail is a 326km circular cycle route through counties Donegal, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Leitrim, and Sligo in the North West of Ireland. Travelling through a wide variety of scenic landscapes, utilising quiet country roads with some traffic free sections, mostly in urban areas. The route enjoys dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean, with scenic cycling in remote uplands and through rural towns and villages passing through the main towns of Enniskillen, Sligo, Donegal, Lifford, Strabane and Omagh.
www.northwest-trail.com / www.sustrans.org.uk