Thursday, April 03, 2014

Downpatrick Head in Ballycastle is to benefit from a €640,000 grant as part of the Wild Atlantic Way project.

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring today announced €1.4 million in funding for three locations along the newly developed Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s first long-distance touring route and the keynote tourism project for 2014.

Downpatrick Head will receive a €640,000 grant to develop a “must-see” Signature Discovery Point for visitors at the beauty spot, including an iconic “Spirit of Place” installation (complementing six others in North Mayo) built around a blowhole which will allow visitors to actually walk around its rim and experience it in a safe manner;

“The Wild Atlantic Way is a game-changer for the west. It has massive potential to bring more visitors and more jobs to rural communities right along the western seaboard. Today’s investment is about developing must-see attractions along the route. It helps to make the route even more tempting and ensures that we develop its full potential to deliver and hold onto the greatest number of tourists,” said Minister Ring.

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