The Northern Loop (Ride 1)

At nearly 100 miles (160 km) in length the Northern Loop offers cyclists a pleasant three or four days cycling around Lower Lough Erne.

The county town of Fermanagh is Enniskillen, which is well served by public transport and makes an ideal base for the tour. Whilst the smaller towns of Garrison, Kesh and Irvinestown are perfect places to stay. You can enjoy local hospitality and maybe try your hand at fishing or simply take time out for a walk in the woods.

If you have time why not follow the Ballyshannon – Rossnowlagh – Belleek (Ride 4) where the trail takes you to the Atlantic Ocean, where the intrepid can cycle along the beach when the tide is out and maybe contemplate a dip in the briny.

On the other hand, Blacklion and Belcoo straddle the border and are the gateway villages to the Southern Loop (Ride 2) of the King Fisher Trail. Close to Blacklion, on the way to Enniskillen, cyclists can rest awhile and descend underground in the magnificent setting of the Marble Arch Caves. The loop can be dissected by following the West Fermanagh Link (Ride 3) between Garrison and Enniskillen.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

There have been incidences this summer (2017) of cyclists getting lost on the Southern Loop between Clones and Carrick-on-Shannon, due to inadequacy signage.   On investigation it appears that directional signs on certain sections of the route are missing, hidden by overgrown vegetation and in some cases have been vandalised to point in the wrong direction.

Therefore anyone planning to cycle the route solely by following the signage would be strongly discouraged from doing so.

We have passed on our concerns to the relevant councils and hope that these issues will be resolved quickly.  Thank you for considering the Kingfisher Cycle Trail.