Newry and Mourne District Councils Mayor Councillor Michael Ruane launched The Ring of Gullion Way guide and Slieve Gullion footpath at the Slieve Gullion Courtyard in South Armagh on Friday 28th June.
Newry and Mourne District Council received funding through the CASA partnership for the pathways. The project aims to create a sustainable path from the forest drive to the summit of Slieve Gullion, restore the damaged heather on the mountain and enhance the visitor experience through enhanced signage.
Mayor Councillor Michael Ruane Said, “The Ring of Gullion has seen a number of tourism projects being implemented over the past few years, we have a fantastic product in the Ring of Gullion and now we aim to sell it. Todays event is all about launching the Ring of Gullion for this years summer season, and I have no doubt that everyone who visits the Ring of Gullion this summer will return again and again as it truly is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with lots to see and do. The Ring of Gullion and South Armagh are definitely open for Tourists!.”
Programme Manager, Eimear Bush for Special EU Programmes Body said at the event, “The Slieve Gullion Pathway is a fantastic opportunity for people to explore the Ring of Gullion AONB area and to enjoy the splendour on offer. There is now a trail to the summit for people to walk the mountain safely and to attract visitors to sample the beauty. This is a huge asset which will benefit the local tourism economy.”
“SEUPB are proud to have funded such a development as part of the overall CASA project. A £1.3m grant was allocated as part of the Interreg IVA Cross Border Programme to boost the Castleblayney and South Armagh economy.”
Following the launch of the new Rambler service Transport Minister, Danny Kennedy attended the launch of the Footpath and accompanying Guide at the Slieve Gullion Courtyard, Armagh and he had this to say, “Today is a good day for tourism in Armagh. Alongside the start of the new Rambler Service, a new footpath and guide have also been launched. Ensuring easy access for visitors to this beautiful scenic site.
“The Ring of Gullion is an area of outstanding natural beauty which has many different attractions for people of all ages. Families can enjoy the Slieve Gullion Forest Adventure Park, hikers can spend time walking the variety of walking routes while nature lovers can sample the delights of the stunning scenery.”
“This new rambler service has been introduced by Translink with support from my Department’s Rural Transport Fund and will enable tourists and locals alike to hop on a bus and see at first hand this beautiful area.”
If you are interested in finding out more information the Ring of Gullion and what you can see and do there, visit www.ringofgullion.org ,follow us on Twitter and Facebook or call into the Slieve Gullion or Newry Tourist Information Offices.”