PLANS for tourist facilities at the foot of Errigal have been unveiled this week. The plans include a larger car park, tap water, benches, toilet facilities and a possible very small outlet selling tea and refreshment.
Donegal County Council officials met on Monday to discuss possible improvement works at the foot of Errigal.
Local county councillor Micheal MacGiolla Easbuig met with officials from the Community and Enterprise sector of the local authority.
“Signage on our road networks across the county directing people to the climb of Errigal would also be beneficial for the area. I would also like to see included in this plan of works at the site a boardwalk from the carpark across the bog to access the mountain easier which would prevent climbers getting wet or falling while on the bogland,” Councillor MacGiolla Easbuig said.
“I believe such a project and improvements on the site would be of huge benefit to locals and tourists alike and would attract even more tourism to the region.”
Cllr MacGiolla Easbuig is also seeking a meeting with Minister of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh TD to discuss this plan and indeed tourism in the area in general.
“Glenveagh National Park, which is only a short distance from Mount Errigal, is a huge attraction for tourists from the North West area and further afield. I think it would be hugely beneficial to make the most of this attraction and do what we can to bring those who would travel to Glenveagh to make the journey that bit further west in Donegal, both to Mount Errigal and beyond to enjoy our beautiful coastline.
“While it is vital that we do what we can to make the most of the tourism potential of West Donegal I don’t believe it should be tourism at any cost. We should first and foremost look at doing the most we can but with the very least amount of impact on the scenery and environment which Donegal is world renowned for.
“Improving upon our areas most vital resource of tourism potential, an industry which can benefit so much of our people across the board, is something I feel we have to look at very seriously to help recover the area. Such plans will lead to the creation of sustainable employment in the region of West Donegal and with such plans we will be looking after our whole community and not just the interests of a few,” he added.