Northern Ireland

The Gobbins: Dramatic pathway to reopen for May Day

The Gobbins - a dramatic cliff face walk in Islandmagee - was damaged by storms Abigail and Frank Image copyright PACEMAKER
Image caption The Gobbins - a dramatic cliff face walk in Islandmagee - was damaged by storms Abigail and Frank

A County Antrim tourist attraction, which was closed after storms caused landslides in January, is set to reopen for May Day.

The Gobbins - a dramatic cliff face walk in Islandmagee - was damaged by storms Abigail and Frank.

The path was only opened to the public for the first time in over 50 years last year.

A total of £7.5m was spent bringing the attraction back to the standard required for public use.

Image caption A total of £7.5m was spent bringing the attraction back to the standard required for public use

The Gobbins was the brainchild of Irish railway engineer Berkley Deane Wise.

It first opened in 1902 and quickly became famous as a white knuckle walk.

The path, which is carved into black basalt cliffs, was an engineering triumph - it is connected by a network of walkways and bridges - the most iconic of which was the tubular bridge.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council said tourist bookings can now be made for 30 April onwards.

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