first_imgA decision by promoters of the Wild Atlantic Way and Donegal County Council to exclude any mention of Fanad’s iconic Seven Arches on their new information points has been attacked as short sighted and a complete cop-out.The Seven Arches located 1.5 miles north of Portsalon Pier are a series of towering sea caves, linked tunnels and a sea stack crafted out of millions of years of tidal wave, erosion and current patterns.The longest arch stretches for 300 feet while another one is one hundred and twenty feet long. Ironically due to problems with access, the Seven Arches have been ignored for many years and are no longer featured on travel websites and the startling omission is very evident on the Wild Atlantic Way publicity machine.Last weekend we made the journey on foot courtesy of a local farmer in Doaghcrabbin and no problems arose in relation to safety and related issues.Cllr. Ian McGarvey says the Council action in blacking out the Arches is wrong and he’s in contact with the them on a number of fronts.He said that it is imperative that the Council enters into negotiations to explore all avenues that might allow an existing pathway to be reopened and sign posted. Cllr. McGarvey said: “It is not good enough that a prized tourism asset such as the Seven Arches can be ignored by the authorities because of restricted access. In former times every one got to visit the place and the Council must take appropriate action to ensure that this gem of interest is fully restored for the public to visit.”The new information points for visitors at a number of key locations in Fanad have caused shock and consternation because there is not a single mention of one of Ireland’s most iconic sea caves near Portsalon on Lough Swilly. It is understood the decision to exclude any mention of the Seven Arches landmark has been made because of what is termed by the Council as ‘restricted access’.However the Tribune had no problem in reaching the location last weekend.The Portsalon Development Group has described the decision by the promoters of the Wild Atlantic Way as an insult to the Fanad community and a huge setback for all those trying to improve the tourism potential in this part of Donegal.Henry Callaghan told the Tribune that insofar as Fanad is concerned the decision is shocking and must be reversed in the best interests of those involved in the promotion of tourism. He said it is always an uphill battle to attract visitors to remote areas and the Seven Arches must be promoted as the real jewel on the Wild Atlantic Way in this area of Donegal. He added that it is beyond belief that visitors are passing close to the Arches but are not aware that they’ve just missed one of the most important places of interest in county Donegal.“Any promotion of Fanad must start and finish with the Seven Arches and it is our most important attraction provided it is fully developed and sign posted. And it is even more shocking that people are not allowed to visit the place and experience for themselves the effects of nature on the environment along our coastline,” he added.Along with Cllr. McGarvey he’s called on Donegal County Council to enter into all possible negotiations to ensure that the Seven Arches are fully opened up for next season and a campaign of information to highlight the importance of these sea caves.and back some fifty years ago a visit was a must with easy access and the experience of walking through the caves was regularly featured on photos and by travel writers world wide.The Arches are a series of fine caverns scooped out of the limestone rock by the action of the waves over millions of years. Standing inside one of the deep caves has been likened to being in a Gothic Cathedral with the sounds of the sea and nature adding to an experience that words can hardly ever describe.The site can be reached by sea and canoeists and kayakers are regular visitors.The largest cave has a narrow entrance and runs one hundred and thirty feet inland. Beyond this are the Seven Arches,” one of which, forming a grand entrance from the sea, one hundred yards long, divides into two. Beyond the left-hand cave is another, one hundred and twenty feet long. The right-hand cave is again divided into four beautiful caverns, through any one of which a passage may be made to the boulder strand, where another arch leads towards the north. ANGER AS FANAD LANDMARK LEFT OFF WILD ATLANTIC WAY INFO POINTS was last modified: September 24th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FanadSeven ArchesWild Atlantic Waylast_img

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