Perhaps not instinctively obvious, travelling on two wheels is one of the most popular ways to explore Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands including the Shannon and Shannon Erne Blueways.  A network of stunning trails running on or alongside Ireland’s most idyllic lakes, canals and rivers, takes you into the heart of her most unspoilt landscape.  Many of the looped routes are within a 5-10km range making them ideal for the entire family. The routes we suggest have some of the best bistros, restaurants and coffee shops “enroute” so there is always time to stop, rest, relax and rejuvenate before exploring the next stage of your route.     


Battlebridge to epic Lough Allen

Begin your bike journey at Battlebridge and follow the Shannon Blueway cycle trail towards Lough Allen. 

Shannon to Sheemore

Jump on the Shannon Erne Blueway cycle trail at Leitrim village and follow this 5km route to Sheemore.

The Big Ford

Mouth of the Big Ford, in Irish, “Béal an Átha Móir” or Ballinamore marks an old fording point on the Shannon Erne. 

Railway Cycle Trail

Follow the original route of the old Cavan Leitrim railway from Ballinamore towards Aughawillan.

Woodford River Cycle Trail

This cycle trail transports you from the foothills of the Slieve Russell Mountains deep into a rolling rural landscape.

Lough Erne Castle Trail

Escape to Crom Estate a breathtaking 2,000-acre demesne, set amid the romantic and tranquil landscape of Upper Lough Erne.