Gobbins Cliff Path expected to become major visitor attraction
Tourism Minister Jonathan Bell is pictured with Tour Guide Robert Stewart attending a special preview event of The Gobbins Cliff Path.
Trade Minister Jonathan Bell has visited the newly-refurbished The Gobbins Cliff Path at Islandmagee, expressing the hope it will become a major tourism destination.
The project is part-financed by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.
“The Gobbins Cliff Path was built along the base of the Gobbins Cliff in Islandmagee in 1902 and in its heyday attracted more visitors than the Giant’s Causeway,” said Bell. “I am certain the restoration of the historic coastal path and the development of the new visitor centre will help put this stunning coastline back on the tourist map. The newly developed pathway has the potential to attract upwards of 70,000 visitors annually to East Antrim becoming an internationally recognised visitor attraction and a significant contributor to the success of the Causeway Coastal Route.
“I am pleased my Department was able to approve INTERREG IVA financial assistance in excess of £3.5m towards the refurbishment of this historic cliff path. With the creation of up to 21 full and part time jobs, this project represents a significant boost to the local economy, the tourism industry here in Larne, Islandmagee and the wider East Antrim Area.
“To date my Department has provided approximately £6.5m towards three tourism themed projects supported through the Interreg IVA Programme, resulting in a total investment of £17m. All of these projects aim to diversify and develop the local economy by supporting tourism development and infrastructure. The Gobbins Cliff Path is a perfect example of this.”