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The Gobbins Cliff Path to be top Northern Ireland tourist attraction this summer

The Gobbins Cliff Path in Islandmagee, Co Antrim is set to be one of Northern Ireland's top tourist attractions this summer with a record number of visitors arriving to walk the trail.

The coastal walk reopened to the public in 2015, taking visitors through caves and tunnels, along winding stairways, over tubular bridges and below sea level.

Tours during the months of July and August are almost fully booked, according to Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, with tourists flocking from as far and wide as America, Australia, Germany, France and Spain.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Paul Reid, said the positive response to the reopening of the Islandmagee attraction has "cemented its billing as one of Northern Ireland’s must-see tourist locations."

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The Gobbins Cliff Path, Islandmagee. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons

He added: “The buzz around The Gobbins is simply phenomenal and Council is delighted with the feedback received.

“I have personally greeted visitors who travelled thousands of miles to enjoy the stunning walk and we are so fortunate to have it in our Borough. There is no other attraction like it in the world and the level of interest is testament to just how special The Gobbins is.”

Alister Bell, Operations and Development Manager at The Gobbins, said he and his team are excited to welcome more visitors to the flagship attraction in the coming weeks.

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The Gobbins Cliff Path, Islandmagee.

He said: “We are very pleased with the level of interest in the cliff path and visitor centre.

“We have sold out most of the tours which start at 10.00am daily and go on throughout the day until late evening, seven days a week, and it is very clear that the message is getting out well beyond our shores because more than half of our visitors are from abroad.”

The Gobbins has attracted almost 1,500 foreign and regional visitors this month alone and looks set to be even busier in August.

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The Gobbins Cliff Path, Islandmagee. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons

Mr Bell added: “The visitors this summer who have had the chance to do the walk have all been taken aback by the variety of fascinating features, including the spectacular views, birds and sea life.

“It provides one of the most exciting experiences any outdoor lover will remember for the rest of their lives and we know that it has now popped up on a number of people’s bucket list requests!”

The Gobbins reopened in June and remains in operation seven days a week until September. After this time, engineers will complete necessary works on the final section of the pathway.

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