The Southern Loop (Ride 2)

This 135 mile (216 km) loop of the Kingfisher Trail has Carrick-on-Shannon as its major town. Carrick-on-Shannon is located on the main access point to the Shannon-Erne Waterway. This section of the trail is dominated by the Cuilcagh Mountains and the lake-lands of Lough Erne and Lough Melvin. The landscape is dotted in lakes, as the road snakes its path around them. Travellers even have the opportunity of crossing Lough Erne in a cot and viewing the old castle at Crom. The trail then continues to Newtownbutler.


Ballyconnell is the major town on the link between the River Shannon and Upper Lough Erne. …..

Be sure to take the time to follow the Clones – Newbliss – Scotshouse (Ride 6) which is a days ride in itself!. In the future Clones will be connected to the National Cycle Network via Tynan in County Armagh.


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.