Plans for a stunning coastal walkway and cycle route linking some of north Co Dublin's most picturesque towns and historic attractions are under way.
Fingal County Council yesterday announced it has commissioned the global engineering giant Atkins Ireland to conduct a feasibility study to design the Fingal Coastal Way Project.
The initiative, in conjunction with Fingal County Council, would see the creation of a 32km-long "high quality recreational walking and cycling route."
The so-called "greenway" would snake along the north Co Dublin coastline and link the historic coastal villages and towns of Donabate, Rush, Loughshinny, Skerries and Balbriggan.
The proposed route would also link in existing council attractions including Newbridge House in Donabate, Ardgillan Castle and gardens and the Norman Bremore Castle overlooking the sea in Balbriggan and Skerries Mills.
"The proposed greenway will be an iconic development representing a step change in the tourism offering for Fingal, Dublin and the wider north-east region," the council said yesterday.
"The route will start at Newbridge House and Demesne in Donabate and pass along the majestic coastline of north Fingal, linking the coastal villages and towns and providing stunning seascapes of the many beaches and cliffs along the route, as well as views to Howth, Lambay Island and the Cooley- Mourne mountain ranges to the north," it said.
As part of the feasibility study that will be conducted over the next three years, the engineer design team will also propose various route options which the public will be invited to discuss during a public consultation phase in 2020.
An environmental impact study will also take place before an application for planning permission is submitted in late 2021.
"The greenway will form part of a developing network of greenways within Fingal, providing a link into the Sutton to Sandycove scheme and encouraging sustainable transport for commuting and leisure," said senior council engineer Paul Carroll.