Cycling - Kingfisher & Canal Trails

Clones is fabulous an starting point for both The Kingfisher & Ulster Canal routes.

These beautifully mapped and signposted rides through from Clones, Co. Monaghan through Cavan, Donegal, Fermanagh, Leitrim and more.


The Kingfisher Trail has been named after the kingfisher, a bird long associated with the lakes, fishing and the tranquillity of the rural setting. This is a beautiful rural area of quiet country roads well suited to cycling as there is very little traffic. This 230 mile trail was the first mapped and signed long distance cycle route in Ireland and is still regarded as one of the most enjoyable.

Some Images along the Kingfisher Trail

The Kingfisher Cycle Trail follows minor country roads through the border counties of Fermanagh, Leitrim, Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan, forming a rough 'figure of 8' that takes in many Loughs from Lower Lough Erne in the north, to Lough Allen and Upper Lough Erne in the south.

The route forms a 'figure of 8' route incorporating Ballyshannon and Pettigo in the north, crossing the border into the Republic of Ireland, where the route takes in Carrick-on-Shannon and Clones. The suggested start is Enniskillen Visitor Centre but the route can be joined anywhere. The route is almost entirely on road following country lanes, and a number of shorter routes are possible. The Kingfisher Cycle Trail was the first long-distance cycle trail in Ireland and follows minor country roads through the border counties of Fermanagh, Leitrim, Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan, travelling through countryside dotted with rivers and loughs (lakes). The many attractions en route include the Lough Scur Dolmen, Castle Coole and the Marble Arch caves.

Split into two major loops which meet on an east-west trajectory between Belcoo and Florence Court, Drumcard (south of Enniskillen), the route is named after the kingfisher due to its long associations with the lakes, fishing and the tranquillity of the particular rural surrounds. Its setting, using beautiful quiet country roads, is well suited to cycling and the route is fairly flat with some gently undulating hills. It is therefore suitable for all levels of cycling from seasoned cyclists to family groups. The 'figure of 8' alignment lends itself to either a long holiday or completing shorter loops.

The Clones Bit (Ride 6)

Ulster Canal Trail

The Ulster Canal Trail is a 77km linear cycle trail between Maghery, Co Armagh and Clones, Co Monaghan. The trail travels through a rich scenic tapestry of lowland lakes and rushing rivers. An array of tourist attractions are situated along the route and include forest parks, historic houses and galleries with plenty of opportunity to stop at traditional restaurants and pubs to savour local specialities.

This route has been sign-posted following the national cycle networks blue signs, with finals on top of poles to indicate Ulster Canal Cycle Trail.

  1. Going from Maghery to Benburb follow the Route 11 signs.
  2. From Benburb to Tynan follow the Route 95 signs.
  3. Going from Tynan to Clones follow the route 91 signs.
  4. If leaving from Clones the same route numbers will be used.

Majority of road cycling will be on small country route, with a small element on forest track. Along the route there are a number of traditional restaurants cafes, pubs to savour local specialities. Also in the majority of villages and town you pass through public toilet facilities are available.