Nestled in the heart of Northern Ireland, the Fermanagh Lakelands are a hidden gem for cycling enthusiasts. With its stunning landscapes, serene waterways, and rich cultural heritage, this region offers an unforgettable experience for bikers of all levels. Whether you’re seeking a leisurely ride through scenic countryside or an exhilarating adventure over challenging terrains, the Fermanagh Lakelands have something for everyone.

Top Cycling Routes in the Fermanagh Lakelands

1. Castle Archdale Family Cycle Trail: Ideal for families and beginners, this 10-kilometer loop starts at Castle Archdale Country Park. The route is mostly flat and takes you through enchanting woodland, along the shores of Lough Erne, and past historical ruins.

2. Scarplands Cycle Trail: This cycle route, which starts in the picturesque village of Belcoo and ends at Lough Navar Forest with the reward of unrivalled panoramic views of Lough Erne, leads you through Forest service lands on a coarse gravel trail with 1,880m elevation, making it a trail for biking enthusiasts. The route can be completed as a 60km linear route, with the option of including two shorter loops awarding cyclists the opportunity to complete 100km of trail. The shorter loops are Aghanaglack Loop, a 21km loop through Ballimtempo Forest and the Lough Navar Loop, an 18km loop cycle through Lough Navar Forest.

3. Mountain Bike Trails at Blessingbourne Estate: Blessingbourne Estate’s exhilarating 13k Mountain Bike Trails and pump track provides one of Northern Ireland’s premier Mountain Biking experiences. Located within the grounds of the 550 acre country Estate. Set in the heart of woodlands and wildlife nestled on the edge of County Tyrone and the Sperrins and the Fermanagh Lakelands. Enjoy cycling through the Estate’s woods and take in the private lakes and nature reserve. 

4. Florence Court Red Trail: This trail takes you through the forest park at Florence Court with a steep climb rewarding you with views of the mountains and lakes of Fermanagh and beyond. Along the way enjoy a riverside walk and the historic landscape around the 18th-century mansion. There are over 15km of trails at Florence Court.

Bike Hire in the Fermanagh Lakelands

Castle Archdale Marina, Lisnarick, Irvinestown, BT94 1PP                             

  • Mountain bikes, adult and kids bikes available. Helmet and map included.

  • Bicycle hire £10 for 2 hours / Half day hire £20 for 4 hours / Full day hire £30 

Corralea Activity Centre, 162 Lattone Rd, Corralea, Belcoo, BT93 5DZ    

  • Electric Mountain Bikes £28 for 1/2 Day.

  • Must be over 18 to hire bikes (except residents).

  • Includes maps & helmets

Manor House Marine & Cottages, Killadeas, Irvinestown, BT94 1NY             

  • £10.00 per day (minimum charge) plus £150.00 refundable deposit. 

  • £32.50 per week; £45.00 for 2 weeks; £55.00 for 3 weeks

Castle Coole, National Trust, Enniskillen, BT74 6JY

  • Bikes hired at Castle Coole to be kept within grounds (Helmets included).

  • Adults: 2hrs - £7.50 & 4 hours £15

  • Children: 2 hours £5 & £7.50 for 4 hours / Balance bikes – Free to hire

Crom Estate, National Trust, Newtownbutler, BT92 8AP

  • Bikes hired at Crom to be kept within the estate (Helmets included).

  • Adults: 2hrs - £7.50 & 4 hours £15

  • Children: 2 hours £5 & £7.50 for 4 hours / Balance bikes – Free to hire

Florence Court, National Trust, Florencecourt, BT92 1DB

  • Bikes hired at Florence Court to be kept within the grounds (Helmets included).

  • Adults: 2hrs - £7.50 & 4 hours £15

  • Children: 2 hours £5 & £7.50 for 4 hours / Balance bikes – Free to hire

Upcoming Cycling Events in the Fermanagh Lakelands

The Borderlands Cycle - 17 August 2024

A road and gravel cycle event set in the spectacular MacNean valley and surrounding hills of Cavan, Fermanagh and Leitrim. Three routes on offer, 40K, 65K & 84K - to suit everyone from the novice cyclist to the experienced gravel grinder. 

FEAR - Fermanagh Endurance Adventure Race - 28 September 2024

FEAR is a multi-sport competition consisting of three sporting disciplines cycling, trail running and kayaking.  Immerse yourself in the Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark as you cycle through quiet back roads that cut through this unique and spectacular limestone and sandstone landscape.Then experience the wetter side of Fermanagh as you take to the water for 2 challenging kilometres along Lough Erne’s rocky shores – and if the 304 metre near vertical climb to the top of the Magho Cliff Challenge doesn’t take your breath away, then maybe the panoramic view it offers at the top will! 

Lakelander Gravel Grinder - 5th October 2024

The Lakelander Gravel Grinder is Ireland’s premier gravel cycling challenge. Expect wilderness, remoteness and spectacular views across this virtually unexplored part of Ireland. Distance options – Big Dog 100km, Mongrel 60km or Little Dog 50km. Expect tough climbs, fast sweeping downhills and rolling countryside passing loughs, stunning vistas and even a few Game of Thrones filming locations. A tough but enjoyable day in the saddle and all in the fine company of like-minded gravel cyclists from all over Ireland and further afield.

There are numerous accommodation options ranging from cosy B&Bs to luxury hotels dotted throughout the Fermanagh Lakelands. Many of these cater specifically to cyclists, offering secure bike storage and other amenities. Check out our Special Offers section for a deal you can't refuse. 

The trails of Fermanagh offer an idyllic escape into the heart of Northern Ireland's countryside. So, dust off your bike, hit the trails, and discover the magic of the Fermanagh Lakelands on two wheels.

Castle Archdale Marina Boat Hire & Water Sports
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Castle Archdale Marina Boat Hire & Water Sports

Castle Archdale Boat Hire & Water Sports is located at Castle Archdale Marina, which nestles in the heart of Fermanagh’s tourist area and within the grounds of the ever popular Castle Archdale Country Park. We offer a wide range of activities to suit all the family including boat hire, NEW hydrobikes, kayak hire, water trampolining, cycle hire and many other activities.

Corralea Activity Centre Ltd
Activity Centre
Canoeing on Lough Macnean

Corralea offers a range of outdoor activities & self-catering cottages on the same site. All experiences are eco-friendly to safeguard the quality of the water and the peacefulness which surrounds Lough Macnean. Corralea is open all year round, although some of the activities are only available May-Sep. They cater for residents and day visitors (Couples, small adult groups & families).

Fermanagh Bike Hire at Three National Trust Properties
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Fermanagh Bike Hire – 3 Property - Did you know you can hire bikes from all three National Trust Fermanagh properties?