Derry City & Strabane - Rural Tourism 




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Rural Tourism

Slow Adventure

Slow Adventure is a new concept favouring slow, immersive experiences that engage with remote, wild and nature-rich places.

A chance to engage with nature and not only partake in an activity but also to learn aspects of the local area such as the produce, wildlife and environment.

You can journey through break-taking views of the Glenelly Valley in the heart of the Sperrins foraging for food along the way, bake your own bread the traditional way in the farmhouse kitchen of Bradkeel Social Farm, see how artisan cheese is produced or have a go at traditional fishing on the River Foyle and cook your catch on a wild camp fire. Other packages include interactive cooking demonstrations with local hand-picked ingredients, Irish walking tours, horse riding in the Faughan Valley as well as deer stalking, bird shooting and salmon fishing in Strabane.




International Appalachian trail

The International Appalachian Trail Ulster Ireland - Rural Development Programme

The International Appalachian Trail (IAT) Ulster Ireland is one of 18 walking trail chapters which celebrate a common geological heritage-the Appalachian-Caledonian Mountains which formed more than 250 Million years ago during the Paleozoic Era, when the earth’s plates collided to form the supercontinent Pangaea. 

The Ulster Ireland section was formally launched on 31st August 2013 and measures a distance of 302 Miles (485KM).It starts at the spectacular Slieve League cliffs in Co Donegal, crosses into Co. Tyrone where it picks up the Ulster Way, and takes in the scenic Sperrins, the stunning North Coast and the Glens of Antrim. 

Development and promotion of the route is supported by an association of stake holders and interested parties formed into a steering group. Membership includes the local councils which the route traverses, Donegal Local Development Company, the Republic of Ireland’s Dept. of Foreign Affairs, the National Trust, Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust, Tourism Ireland, Tourism Northern Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, the Ulster Federation of Rambling Clubs, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Geological Survey Ireland, Geological Survey of Northern Ireland, and the Ulster American Folk Park.

In May 2016 the development of the IAT Ulster Ireland was identified as a potential project for delivery under the Rural Development Co-Operation Programme (RDP). The Derry Strabane Local Action Group (LAG) is lead project partner and co-ordinates activity between key stakeholders which includes Derry City & Strabane District Council. It is envisaged the IAT Ulster Ireland RDP project will enable significant investment in infrastructure along the entirety of the route as well as the delivery of a significant programme of marketing and promotion.Project completion is scheduled for December 2020.

Click On The Links Below For Further Information:

·     You Tube Video Link

·     IAT Ulster Ireland: Walk NI Website

·     The International Appalachian Trail Website

·     Rural Development Programme Cooperation Project