As a direct result of the “Backing Ballyshannon” initiative a new looped coastal walk which is nearing completion will re - establish Ballyshannon as a great walking/hiking and angling destination and enhance the tourism potential of the surrounding areas.
Former CEO of Failte Ireland NW and enthusiastic walker Paul McLoone told the Donegal Democrat, “The Abbey Bay looped walk will stretch from the Mall Park around to the Abbey Well and will take in some of the beautiful sights that Ballyshannon had been renowned for - the Abbey River, Saimer Island, the Abbey Mill and the Estuary as well as incorporating two forested areas.
“It will be a 4 KM looped walk and it is unique that whereas it is a rural coastal walk it is within the town boundaries.”
McLoone added, “It is similar to the Creevy Walk and it will now be possible to have a coastal walk from Rossnowlagh to Ballyshannon which is all part of the strategy to re-establish the town as a centre of excellence for both walking and angling.
“Ballyshannon has probably one of the best kept secrets in the country - we have the ocean, the lake and the river all surrounded by great mountainous landscapes and some of the finest beaches.
“What we have lacked in the past is the proper tourism infrastructure and this new initiative should now lead to further development and trigger new initiatives.
“The whole project would not have been possible without the co-operation of the local landowners who brought about a flow of goodwill for the project from all the community and also from DLDC. Failte Irl., Ballyshannon Town Council and Donegal Co. Council.
“Their support has been essential to the completion of this great new facility which will encourage further development in the town.
“The project should be totally completed in two weeks and will be a great facility for both visitors and local walking enthusiasts alike,” he concluded.