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An endless trail of possibilities for Inishowen 11.07.19

LOCAL communities and business in Inishowen are being urged to get in touch with the new Donegal County Council led Trail Gazers Bid project which was launched in Buncrana recently and which is set to help communities maximise the potential from the growing trend in walking and hiking trails.
Loretta McNicholas, Project Manager with Donegal County Council believes that this project provides exciting opportunities for local and regional stakeholders including citizens, community groups, small businesses, tourism providers, schools, environmental agencies and public authorities to come together to collaborate on how to maximise the potential of walking trails in Inishowen.
“The last number of years has seen a growth in experiential travel, with people preferring to spend their holidays seeking out more meaningful and personal experiences in beautiful locations that are often perceived as ‘off the beaten track’ rather than in conventional or popular holiday destinations” says Loretta.
She adds “Travel is now more about appreciating the way of life these hidden gems can offer; learning about local history, cultural and natural landscapes and embarking on voyages of self-discovery that will stay with the person long after the holiday has finished”.
 Loretta McNicholas, Trail Gazers Project Manager (standing second from left) with Cathaoirleach Cllr. Nicholas Crossan and project partners at the recent launch of the project in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana.
Loretta believes that the growth in walking and recreational activity has huge potential to generate income for Inishowen, helping to create more jobs in the hospitality and leisure sectors, whilst also enhancing the attractiveness of the region as a place to live, work and thrive.
Loretta explains “We are keen to hear from local communities, businesses and any interested parties on how we can work together to introduce new initiatives that will encourage visitors off the trails to explore what the wider hinterland has to offer such as cafes, craft shops, artisan foods, hotels, pubs and historical places of interest.”
If interested in finding out more about this project or how to become involved please contact Loretta McNicholas, Trail Gazers Bid at lmcnicho@donegalcoco.ie or call 074 91 72569.
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