The possibility of an established tourist trail that exploits the existing heritage in Derrykeighan, Mosside, Bushmills, Armoy, Ballybogey and Liscolman is gathering momentum.
The Tourism Trail could be developed to include significant local “Heroes” or “Villains” from the past and may include figures from the WWI and WWII - a number of local men won medals from VCs (Sgt
R Quigg) to MMs and Bar (Pte J Meeke & Trooper S Johnston) and John Beckett (George Cross). The village of Dervock can catalogue heritage as diverse as KK McArthur (Olympic Gold medallist 1912), the ancestral home of William McKinley (25th President of America), Lord McCartney, Ambassador to China and links to Lord Nelson (Captain Adair). The programme will work with young people and the wider community to create a potential “Tourism Trail” around the greater North Antrim area.
Sites could include religious, environmental, cultural or historical sites such as castles, churches,
significant buildings or heritage sites etc.
The Tourism Trail could be adapted to suit school groups, youth groups, interest groups, cross community or single identity groups, tourists etc. and could involve many existing resources which are not being utilised to their fullest capacity.