Day 1 - 40 miles

We meet early in Belfast City Centre at Bed & Bike HQ, your bike will be fitted to you so that you are ready to head out in the best of comfort. You will have overnighted in preparation for your guided cycling holiday at Jury’s in central Belfast (3-star), ideally located a short walk from Bed & Bike HQ.

We leave Belfast on the Comber Greenway, 8 miles of traffic-free tranquillity, as we head for the small town of Comber, our welcome first pit stop and birthplace of Thomas Andrews, the designer of the RMS Titanic and among the many who went down with the ship. We then cycle on to our lunch stop, Daft Eddy’s, a family run Bar/Restaurant on a small island on Strangford Lough which we access by bike, across a causeway.

Causeway to Daft Eddys

Killyleagh Castle

After lunch we tackle the remaining 22 miles of Day One, routing our bikes along quiet lough coastal roads to the picture postcard village of Strangford.

En route we pass through Killyleagh, marvelling at its famous 12th Century Castle (myth has the Disney castle modelled on it); still in private ownership it is a family home, claimed to be the oldest inhabited castle in Ireland!

We finish the day by walking our bikes on to the Strangford to Portaferry ferry and enjoy a picturesque ten minute crossing to Portaferry (at the cost of a whole £1 – covered for you by your guide!)

Dating back to the 1700s, The Portaferry Hotel, in the heart of the village, is steeped in history and surrounded by the breath-taking landscape of Strangford Lough.

We are welcomed into the award winning restaurant for dinner; it showcases the best of local, seasonal produce. A cosy bar is available for pre and post dinner drinks and the hotel’s fourteen bedrooms are charming and spacious.

Portaferry Hotel

Day 1: 40 miles, elevation: