Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Opportunities in Ballycastle Forest

13 05 2013

Ballycastle Forest

  Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed a report by Outdoor Recreation NI which explores the Tourist and Outdoor Recreation Opportunities in the three major forests in Moyle, Glenariffe, Ballypatrick and Ballycastle.

 Councillor Cunningham continued “Ballycastle Forest located as it is so close to Ballycastle town centre has enormous potential. We need to make the most of our visitor and tourist potential, BallycastleForest is home to many important archaeological sites, souterrains, megalithic tombs and standing stones and there are many stories to be told about the history of the area.”

 “Ballycastle Town Partnership hopes to extend the TowRiver path as far as the entrance to the forest, so there is no reason why the old narrow gauge railway line cannot be developed to form a “Glentaisie Trail” which would facilitate walking, running, cycling, orienteering  and horse riding. There are a host of sporting events which could be staged in our wonderful surroundings.

 The Moyle Way and the climb of Knocklayde can be better promoted, alongside the Red Squirrel safari. With proper planning and marketing we can realise the fantastic opportunity which is on our doorstep.”




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