After a meeting with local landowners on Sunday night last on the future development of one of the county, if not the country’s most iconic tourist attractions a County Councillor has confirmed that work will commence almost immediately.
Many people may not have been aware that the land on Slieve League is owned by the local landowners and that if the work was not to progress now, the money could well have been diverted to another project.
Local Cllr Brendan Byrne has welcomed this progress on the project and expects work to commence almost immediately on the tourism project which is Donegal’s number one visitor attraction.
Speaking to the Donegal Democrat, Cllr. Byrne said, “Last year Sliabh League, Europe’s highest sea cliffs attracted 160,000 visitors to the area and further growth in numbers is expected over the next five year period.
“I would like to compliment the local landowners for their cooperation in making this project possible. The works to be carried out on Slieve League in the coming years include, the construction of a pathway to the summit of the hill which will be made from local stone and other natural material in keeping with the natural unspoilt landscape which makes the cliffs unique and special to visitors.
“It is also planned to improve road access between Carrick and Teelin and onto Bunglas, which is necessary in order to cater for the increase in traffic volume.
“It is estimated a budget of 1.3 million euro will be spent on road improvements.”
Cllr. Byrne added that a purpose built transport system will be provided to be used as a coach and bus depot and car parking facilities which will allow passengers to be offloaded from coaches to smaller buses and mini buses in order to access the cliff top. He added that this transport and visitor hub is also to include a children’s playground facility to benefit the entire community.
Cllr. Byrne stated that it will be imperative with all these improvements that the natural character and unspoilt nature of Slieve League be preserved and that all improvements be carried out in consultation with the local communities and residents in the Teelin area.
“The potential for job creation and tourism development in the area cannot be underestimated as a result of this investment in Slieve League” concluded Cllr. Byrne.