BALLYCASTLE councillor Dónal Cunningham (SDLP) has welcomed plans to include Ballycastle and Moyle to the International Appalachian Trail (IAT) - an extension of the world renowned and globally popular walking route, the Appalachian Trail.
The proposed link will see the Irish section of the international trail start at the spectacular coastal cliffs of Slieve League in County Donegal and extend via the Ulster Way through Moyle and Ballycastle and to the stunning Antrim coast.
Said the councillor: “The extension of the International Appalachian Trail to the scenic coastal beauty of Moyle, offers a whole new dimension for hikers and other lovers of the outdoors. Research by Fáilte Ireland shows walking is likely to be the number one activity to attract visitors to Ireland over the next five years.
“I am delighted to support the extension of the IAT to Ireland. It will help position Moyle as a top walking destination and it is a fantastic marketing opportunity to position ourselves as the centre of a fantastic walking trail.
“It is important that Moyle Council proactively continue to invest in the infrastructure required to position and maintain Moyle as a world class destination for walkers for both domestic holidaymakers and overseas visitors, so that they enjoy our wide range of walking paths, beaches and trails.”