Design work on 32km-long Fingal Coastal Way has commenced
Fingal County Council has commenced design work on the Fingal Coastal Way
project, a 32km, high-quality recreational walking and cycling route connecting
Donabate, Rush, Skerries, Ardgillan Castle, Balbriggan and Bremore Castle.
Multi-disciplinary consultancy Atkins has been appointed to work alongside the Fingal
County Council project team to carry out the feasibility study, route options and
environmental assessment and preliminary design work over a three-year
The proposed greenway will be an iconic development representing a step-change in
the tourism offering for Fingal, Dublin and the wider northeast region.
The route will start at Newbridge House & 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 mountains ranges to the
The greenway will link into the proposed Broadmeadow Way, which will connect
Donabate and Malahide and for which a planning application is due to be submitted
to An Bord Pleanala in June. To the north there are plans to develop a greenway
route in County Meath running northwards to Drogheda, the Boyne Valley Way and
the prehistoric sites at Bru na Boinne/Newgrange.
The greenway will be a flagship tourist amenity for Fingal and will link into local
attractions such as Newbridge House, Rogerstown Park, Bremore Castle, Ardgillan
Castle, Drumanagh Fort and Skerries Mills.
Paul Carroll, Senior Engineer Strategic Infrastructure Fingal County Council
commented “The benefits that greenways can deliver to communities are
considerable in terms of climate change, economic development and leisure amenity.
The greenway will form part of a developing network of greenways within Fingal,
providing a link into the S2S Sutton to Sandycove scheme and encouraging
sustainable transport for commuting and leisure.”
Public stakeholder consultation will be an essential element of the design process
including discussions with special interest groups, local residents, businesses and
Given the scale of the project and the sensitive nature of the receiving environment,
it is envisaged that the route options selection will take place through 2019, with a
public consultation exercise to take place in early 2020. Following on from the
identification of the preferred route, preliminary design and environmental
assessment work will continue through 2020 and early 2021, with a planning
application target date of late 2021.