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Set routes with recommended B&B?

Set routes with recommended B&B?

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I am planning a cycling holiday with a few friends and would like to know if there are set routes with recommended B&B close by. eg cycle around Strangford lough, cycle the coast, etc. 
Posted Thu 14 Jan 2016 1:33 PM
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The primary three options that I can think of as cycling routes around Northern Ireland are the Ulster Way (connected throughout by the NatinalCycle Network), the Causeway Coastal Route and the northern section of the Wild Atlantic Way in Donegal. :)

There are three official websites for cycling and walking on the island of Ireland and those are WalkNI & CycleNI (Northern Ireland) and Irish Trails. (Republic ofIreland) These are all excellent reference pages to find all kinds of trails.

In addition to those pages, I would also recommend that you please take a look at the official websites of B&B Ireland, the Irish hostel association and the Caravan and Camping Council of Ireland, since these three types of accommodation would offer the most frequent options along each of the above mentioned trails.

I have put together a rough itinerary around the Lough for you, that you can find via this link: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Newtownards/Portaferry,+Newtownards,+Ards+BT22/Strangford/Downpatrick/Killyleagh/54.5913435,-5.6961389/@54.4550092,-5.7055876,11z/data=!4m33!4m32!1m5!1m1!1s0x48610ab5be292745:0x67f0639faa143e42!2m2!1d-5.6931703!2d54.5913787!1m5!1m1!1s0x4861693d2065f9eb:0x7919f8ccbb0c0371!2m2!1d-5.5469817!2d54.3817352!1m5!1m1!1s0x48616984ed8a7519:0x9e5118f909a1e9db!2m2!1d-5.55569!2d54.36979!1m5!1m1!1s0x48611146ce055201:0x30e64d9caaf1becf!2m2!1d-5.7156922!2d54.3287514!1m5!1m1!1s0x48611301c9c22e0b:0xc7972b5b42cb9fa7!2m2!1d-5.6507954!2d54.3999861!1m0!3e1 Presuming that this would only be one of many smaller trips for your whole tour, you would probably get the most out of this circular route by starting in Bangor where you could enjoy the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum. Then you can head down to Newtownards by the Lough and leisurely cycle south toward Portaferry, via the beautiful house and gardens at Mount Stewart; ending the day in Strangford itself. (After the lovely ferry crossing from Portaferry that is.) You could stay in the Cuan Licensed Guest Inn in Strangford. ;)

On the second day, you could then take some time to visit the famous Castle Ward before following the shores of the Lough back to Newtownards. :D

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Hello Belen,

If you want to plan a cycle route, go to CycleNI and they will give you some great tips. You could also come to the Mournes, which is very popular for cycling as it is different levels with great views etc. We also had the Giro Italia here so it has brought quite a lot of business. You can also check out our website if you're looking for accommodation on the way!
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Hi Belen,
Be sure to check out www.bandbireland.com - we have over 800 B&Bs around the country. You are sure to find what you are looking for on our website.

Posted Thu 21 Jan 2016 12:22 PM
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Hi Belen
Cycling is a brilliant way to see Ireland and there are no shortage of fantastic B&B's to stay in (we are one of them on the Causeway Coastal Route - www.sholabandb.com).  Try the Giro 2014 route - stunning scenery all the way.
And check out this video, but maybe don't try the tricks!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7f7Hk1mf54 
Would love to welcome you to Shola, hope to hear from you.
Best Wishes
Sharon
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