Northern Ireland

The Gobbins: Dramatic Islandmagee coastal path reopens after storms

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Media captionThe Gobbins welcomed its first visitors of the year on Saturday

A County Antrim tourist attraction, which was closed after storms caused landslides in January, has reopened to the public.

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 restoring it to the standard required for public use.

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Image caption Visitors to the revamped tourist attraction along the County Antrim coast need a head for heights and a good level of fitness
Image caption The tubular bridge has been replaced with an almost identical replica

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

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

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Image caption The new walkway will provide visitors with dramatic views of the coastline

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

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Image caption The original path was carved into black basalt cliffs and was considered an engineering triumph
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Image caption The starting point of the pathway is still accessed via a hole through rock known as Wise's eye
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Image caption Before starting the Gobbins experience, visitors are given a safety briefing and a hard hat
Image caption £7.5m has been spent replacing bridges, hand rails and constructing a new visitors centre
Image caption The route allows visitors to see coastal birds such as puffins, guillemots and kittiwakes up close

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