Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Kayak trail shelter to be opened

The North Coast Sea Kayak Trail and its new Port Moon Bay shelter will compliment attractions such as the Giant's Causeway in boosting tourism

A converted seaside cottage is to provide accommodation for canoeists on Northern Ireland's dramatic North Coast following the launch of the area's first canoe trail.

The route has the potential to be one of the most spectacular in Europe.

The Port Moon Bay shelter will be launched in March and will offer running water, an open fire, composting toilet, lounge area, boat storage, drying room and sleeping space for eight adults.

Northern Ireland Tourist Board culture, heritage and activity tourism manager, Rosemary Lightbody, said: "With the opening of the new Giant's Causeway Visitors Centre coinciding with the Titanic centenary celebrations, we are expecting a real boost in visitor numbers to Northern Ireland next year.

"The North Coast Sea Kayak Trail will offer a completely unique way of exploring the Causeway Coast and the converted cottage at Port Moon is fast becoming the most talked about accommodation in Britain and Ireland."

A recent study by the Adventure Travel Trade Association highlighted that adventure tourists spend an average 40% more than regular visitors (excluding airfares) with an average duration of nine days per trip as opposed to seven days which was recorded as the typical duration for non-activity tourists.

This potential has been recognised by both the Department of Agricultural and Rural Development and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board who have funded the development of the North Coast Sea Kayak Trail and refurbishment of the bothy accommodation in Port Moon Bay.

This project is one of many trails developments being managed by the Countryside Access and Activities Network (CAAN).

Chris Scott, CAAN's activity tourism manager, said: "This is a really exciting time to be involved in adventure tourism here in Northern Ireland.

"The North Coast Sea Kayak Trail will offer unparalleled canoeing through one of Europe's most famous coastlines and it is fantastic that we will soon have high quality bothy accommodation providing the perfect compliment for this fantastic new trail."

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