Embark on the adventure of a lifetime: The Gobbins Cliff Path
Posted by Ola Kosakowska on the 5th of November 2015 at 10:19:56
Brace yourselves, people. If you were not already convinced Northern Ireland was great to visit, this will make you change your mind.
Indeed, on the 19th of August of 2015 was reopened The Gobbins Cliff Path. That is worth talking about it.
The Gobbins is a cliff-face path at Islandmagee, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, on the Causeway Coastal Route. It runs across bridges, past caves and through a tunnel, along The Gobbins cliffs. It was created by an Irish railway engineer called Berkeley Deane Wise. The path first opened to the public in 1902, and thousands of people visited The Gobbins in the first few decades of the 20th century - advertisements of the time declared ‘the new cliff path along The Gobbins Cliffs, with its ravines, bore caves, natural aquariums ... has no parallel in Europe as a marine cliff walk' . However the railway company got into financial difficulties during the 1930s; upkeep slipped and the path was closed in the run up to World War II. The Gobbins was briefly reopenedafter the war, but closed in 1954.
The Gobbins coastal cliff path has now been restored and reopened to the public following a £7.5 million (€10.6m) investment. Indeed, from 2011-2015 aseries of new bridges and galleries were constructed and installed during 2014-15. The work was funded by the European Union’s INTERREG IVAProgramme.
What is expecting you
The Gobbins is a unique experience, described as ‘like walking on water’ - an expedition on the edge of the Irish Sea. A trip to The Gobbins will excite all the senses – The visitor will hear the waves crashing against the cliffs, feel the spray of the sea on their face, witness the ever-changing flora and fauna and have the opportunity to listen to the myths and legends of Islandmagee.
The Gobbins continues with this tradition of innovation and bring back to life the remarkable tubular and suspension bridges that hung from the cliff-face. Check out also the spectacular caves and fall in love with staircases and tunnels carved through the Rock. As the path veers out to a small sea stack and back, you can look down into a small natural 'aquarium' of seawater.The Visitor Centre also contains a visitor information point, coffee shop, retail area with local crafts and souvenirs and interpretation area.
So… What are you waiting for?
The Gobbins Visitor Centre opens from 9.30 am - 5.30 pm daily.
Adult Ticket: £8.50
Call the Visitor Centre on +44 (0) 28 9337 2318 to book a tour. Telephone bookings open 9.30am - 5.30pm Monday - Sunday.
Tours operate every hour and each tour lasts about 2.5 hours.
Wait no more and find out what I am really talking about !