National Cycle Route 9

National Cycle Route 9 (or NCR 9) is a route of the National Cycle Network, running from Belfast to Dublin.

National Cycle Route 9
The Lagan towpath (3) - - 637520.jpg
The route follows a section of the River Lagan towpath
Cycling details
WaymarkRectangular, blue traffic sign with a white bicycle symbol and a red square with the number 9 in it.
WebsiteOfficial website


The route will eventually connect Belfast and Dublin. The route is currently signposted between the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge in Belfast and Slieve Gullion, just south of Newry.[1]

Belfast to NewryEdit

National Cycle Network milepost, Belfast
NCR 9 section following the Lagan Towpath
Milepost near Drumbeg, County Down

Belfast | Lisburn | Craigavon | Portadown | Newry

NCR 9 begins at the west side of the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, where it connects with National cycle routes 93 and 99. It runs south along the River Lagan to the Island Arts Centre in Lisburn. After leaving Lisburn it runs west, roughly following the M1 motorway to Portadown. In Portadown NCR 9 links with National Cycle Route 94.

At Portadown the route heads south down the Newry Canal Towpath. Approximately 4.5 km (2.8 miles) down the towpath the route links with National Cycle Route 91 and Regional Route 10. At Scarva station there is a second link with another branch of National Cycle Route 91. From Newry it passes through Camlough to the base of Slieve Gullion.

The Belfast to Lisburn section is a slow and winding route along a path that is not suitable for road bikes as the surface is of varying quality made of tarmac or gravel. It does make an ideal cycle for young and old, and since bicycles can be taken on trains running on the adjacent railway line, you can choose the length of your route easily. The easiest route if taking your bicycle by train is going to Newry railway station then cycling to Portadown railway station, therefore avoiding going up a steep hill from Newry city centre to Newry railway station.

Newry to DublinEdit

Newry | Dundalk | Drogheda Dublin

Work is underway in Dublin on the 1.4km Liffey-Tolka Project (1.4km),[2] linking the city centre with the planned 3.2km Tolka Estuary Greenway via Dublin Port, and the Fingal Coastal Way, a 32km walking and cycling route in Fingal that will run through Newbridge Demesne, Donabate, Rush, Loughshinny, Skerries and Balbriggan.[3][4] As of April 2021, there had been no announcements regarding the connecting segments in counties Meath and Louth.

In Dublin Docklands the route with link with the Royal Canal Greenway and EuroVelo 2, and will connect with the Greater Dublin Area Cycle Network.


  1. ^ "Route 9 | Sustrans". Archived from the original on 4 August 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
  2. ^ Gráinne Ní Aodha (11 November 2020). "Dublin Port appoints architects to build cycleway and pathway to city centre". Archived from the original on 18 March 2021. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  3. ^ Rónán Duffy (20 July 2020). "Funding for greenways across 20 counties announced". Archived from the original on 29 March 2021. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Fingal Coastal Way: Route option consultation coming soon". Dublin Cycling Campaign. 9 February 2021. Archived from the original on 2 March 2021. Retrieved 8 April 2021.

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