Major plan to manage tourism at
DONEGAL County Council
is seeking tenders for the development of a Visitor
Management Plan for Malin Head.
The local authority said an important part of the
process will be "engaging with the local community
and other stakeholders".
Tenderers are being asked to ensure that
consultation with the local community and key
stakeholders is at the heart of the plan.
The aim of the plan is to guide the future
development and management of Malin Head - one of 15
Signature Discovery Points on the Wild Atlantic Way
stretching from Cork to Donegal. The Visitor
Management Plan will target four areas including
visitor experience; community benefit; environmental
protection and traffic management.
An aerial view of the northernmost
tip of Ireland and key Wild Atlantic Way
destination, Malin Head.
Council director of
service Liam Ward said: “The Wild Atlantic Way has
been a great success for Donegal and the western
seaboard and it is all about promising the visitor a
world class, sustainable and unmissable experience.
The essence of the Wild Atlantic Way brand is one of
‘wildness’ of valuing what is natural and authentic
along our coastline and of caring for our landscape,
seascape and environment in a way that will protect
and preserve it’s uniqueness for generations to
Mr Ward added: “Malin Head is a special place and is
either the first or the last stop on the Wild
Atlantic Way depending on the direction of travel.
And although minor works to improve access, bus
parking and toilet facilities are planned for 2017,
other ongoing visitor management opportunities and
challenges have been identified at Malin Head which
points to the need for a Visitor Management Plan for
Fáilte Ireland will work closely with the council to
ensure the agencies "fully maximise" the tourism
potential of Malin Head and wider development of the
Wild Atlantic Way.
A project steering group comprising representatives
from the council, local community and Fáilte
Ireland, will also be set up. Tender documents will
be available on www.etenders.gov.ie from Thursday, February 16,