On the trail of Inishowen’s rich cultural heritage

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‘A shining example of what can be achieved when we all work together’

by Caoimhinn Barr

Moves are afoot to develop a new heritage trail of Inishowen, a route that will link-up the peninsula’s most historically important sites.

The ambitious plan, designed to promote local history as well as boost tourist numbers here, will see Drumfries’ Sliabh Sneacht Heritage Centre transformed into a visitor centre with a permanent local heritage exhibition.

Manager of the centre Gabriel Doherty believes the trail can be a ‘shining example’ of what is best about Inishowen, benefiting the entire peninsula.

The mapped trail will take visitors on a sixty-kilometre tour of some of our best-known landmarks, from An Grianan of Aileach to Carn Cross, from O’Doherty’s Keep, Buncrana to Carrickabaraghy Castle on the Isle of Doagh and beyond.

The new route, which could supercede the Inishowen 100, will be marketed nationally by Failte Ireland as well as locally by Inishowen Tourism and the Sliabh Sneacht Centre, which is set to become a hub for heritage tourism.

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