A NEW report looking at potential developments at forests in the Moyle area had made a number of interesting suggestions but there is no mention of a cable car coming to Glenariff Forest Park.
For years the possibility of getting a cable car at the park - however ambitious and costly it might be - has been mentioned by councillors in Moyle.
But now a report on the future of Glenariff Forest Park does not make no mention of the cable car, a point which was picked up on by Independent councillor Randal McDonnell at a meeting of Moyle Council.
Councillors were looking at a report entitled ‘Scoping Study of Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Opportunities In Moyle Forests’ which was prepared by Outdoor Recreation NI for Moyle Council.
Some suggestions in the report are:
* The iconic waterfalls in Glenarriff Forest Park could be lit up at night.
* A better visitor building needed at Glenariff.
* Alternative forms of camping like wigwams and ‘tree houses’.
* Examine new activities like gorge walking, grass sledging/mountain boarding, adventure play park, zip line, abseiling, mountain biking.
Regarding Ballypatrick Forest - the report says more should be done to promote the ‘Irish Ford’ which enables cars to drive safely across a river.
Ballycastle SDLP councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed the report which looks at Glenariffe, Ballypatrick and Ballycastle forests.
Councillor Cunningham said:
“Ballycastle Town Partnership hopes to extend the Tow River 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, cycling and horse riding.
“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,” said Cllr Cunningham.