This cliff-face path at Ireland’s Islandmagee runs across bridges, past caves, through a tunnel along the Gobbins Cliffs, known for their notable species, the rich birdlife and their important geology.
The spectacular Gobbins Cliff Path is Northern Ireland’s latest tourist attraction. It was originally opened in 1902, 20 miles northeast of Belfast, placed at a height of 60 meters over the restless waves of the North Channel. The path was closed for 61 years and then it was opened again, which cost £7.5 million.
Gobbins Cliff Path is a spectacular feat of engineering. It contains stairs hand-chiselled from stone and concrete-and-cast-iron bridges.
The path was built by Berkeley Deane Wise who was the chief engineer of the Belfast and Northern Counties Railway Company. He wanted to provide accessibility to the place and to make the railroad more attractive.
His workers laid handrails, bridges and steps along the side of the cliff without wearing safety harnesses or hard hats. Today, travel nuts can take a walk along the path wearing hard hats and led by a well- trained guide who will give you a lecture on safety at the beginning of the walk.