Newly elected Ind. Councillor Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has said that the tourist potential of Errigal and Dunlewey is not being recognised due to neglect by the authorities.
The Ind. Cllr. says he will be looking to the Council to draw up and to implement a plan.
“Errigal and the Poisoned Glen at Dunlewey are awe-inspiring sights. They provide some of the most scenic views visitors will ever come across, particularly when we have fine sunny weather.
“But, what do we have to offer our visitors? The viewing area is used as a dumping ground or, more charitably a storage place for rubble and stones by the Council. What should be one of the jewels in the crown for tourism in our county is sadly neglected and at times difficult to access.”
Mr. Mac Giolla Easbuig also commented on the lack of parking space at the base of Mount Errigal, particularly during busy times when many cars and buses have to park along the roadside.
He will now be looking to the Council to draw up a plan for the area to provide seating areas, viewing areas, and toilets along with adequate and safe parking.
“I believe we can provide these facilities in a sensitive way which does not spoil the unique and rugged beauty of the landscape. I want to emphasise that I am not calling for large-scale or commercial development. That would be undesirable and counter-productive in an area of outstanding beauty, but it is not beyond us to provide simple and basic visitor facilities which are in sympathy with and do not detract from the surroundings,” he said.
He concluded, “With Glenveagh only a short distance away, better facilities around Errigal and Dunlewey could easily attract visitors the few miles further west. There would then be the potential to draw them to explore further into the west of the county.”
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