Plans to redevelop the old route taken by the Letterkenny to Burtonport  railway and to convert it into a possible “greenway” are being stepped up.

Donegal Co. Council is keen to establish a stakeholders group to examine the development of a walking and cycling trail along the route of the former Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway Company route between Letterkenny and the coastal fishing village of Burtonport.

It is now widely acknowledged that properly developed walking and cycling routes (known as greenways) have considerable tourism potential.

The Great Western Greenway from Westport to Achill in Co. Mayo traverses a 42 km route along the former trackbed of a narrow gauge railway line has been a remarkable success story.

Plans to advance develop a section from Gartan Lake to Termon have already been drawn up, and an application for a cycle path near Termon has been submitted to the Department of the Gaeltacht. Donegal Co. Council has already been awarded €15,000 for works that would also take in Falcarragh, but matching funding is required.

The council is now proposing to establish a stakeholders group to examine the development of a walking and cycling trail along the route of the former Letterkenny to Burtonport line.

See this week's Donegal Post for more.

Pictured is the Great Western Greenway in Mayo, which has been a great success.

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