A new project aimed at increasing tourism in Dursey Island and West Cork has passed the first phase in Failte Ireland’s Grant Scheme for Large Tourism Projects.
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Declan Hurley commented “I am looking forward working with Fáilte Ireland in ensuring that Dursey Island, a Signature Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way becomes an iconic must-visit attraction, resulting in significant increased visitor numbers to West Cork.”
The project will involve the construction of a two-car aerial tramway system from the mainland to Dursey Island to replace the existing cable car and to build a Visitor Centre at the departure point at the mainland and a further small Visitor Centre on the Island.
Dursey Island is one of only 15 signature discovery points located along the Wild Atlantic Way of which three are located in Cork. The other two are Mizen Head and the Old Head of Kinsale.
The total cost of the project is estimated to cost in excess of €7 million. A Stage Two grant application relating to construction will be submitted to Fáilte Ireland following the conclusion of the detailed design and planning of an upgraded cable car, visitor centre, island facilities and carpark.