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04/05/2023 - Fort Dunree Local Access Consultation

 Fort Dunree Local Access Consultation


Donegal County Council (DCC) has been awarded grant funding of €9,251,000 for Fort Dunree, Co. Donegal under Fáilte Irelands, Capital investment scheme Platform for Growth – A Programme for Tourism Investment, Platform 1: Immersive Heritage and Cultural Attractions.


This will be supported by €3.2 million match funding committed by Donegal County Council providing a total Project value of €12.5 million investment.


The transformational tourism project at Fort Dunree is informed by a vision to reimagine the visitor experience at this spectacular Fort and Discovery Point along the Wild Atlantic Way.


The project will physically link the 3 unique elements of Fort Dunree: Lough Swilly below the Fort; the Promontory Fort and the ‘High Guns’ Fort; provide immersive heritage and cultural touch points with a new route that opens up the site, with viewing points via modern interventions such as an inclined elevator and interpretive instillations.


The proposed Project includes the following key components.

  1. Works to improve existing High Fort
  2. Provision of an iconic inclined elevator to the High Fort
  3. Works to improve High Guns installation
  4. Provision of improved distribution roads & parking
  5. Upgraded and new walkways and watchtower works
  6. Lighthouse conservation works
  7. Military Museum & Night Skies space
  8. Stabilise, repair or remove existing billet buildings
  9. Provide new public spaces and facilities


Plans for the Fort Dunree Project are nearing completion, so the project team would like to engage with all users of the site to ascertain their existing use of site and how best this can be facilitated into the future.


A questionnaire has been developed and we would encourage all current users of the Fort Dunree Site to complete this, to help inform the Project Team on their current usage of the site and form the basis for discussion on how this can be facilitated in the future - Fort Dunree Project - Local Access Consultation Questionaire


A Public Consultation will be held in the Saldanha Suite at Fort Dunree on Wednesday 10th May 2023 from 11am until 8pm, for the public and all users of the site to drop in and speak with the project team. We would also welcome any feedback from the public and users of the site through email at [email protected]