Parking limitations are causing chaos at the popular tourist attraction Dunluce Castle which is resulting in numerous social media posts describing the situation ‘as an accident waiting to happen’.
With only 14 designated parking spaces at the tourist attraction, tourists are parking on the private lane and also along Dunluce Road. Pictures are circulating on social media showing buses parked on a blind bend forcing ongoing traffic to take evasive action to avoid an accident.
Speaking to Causeway Coast Community this morning, Alderman Norman Hillis said “With only 14 designated parking places for staff and visitors at the very popular Dunluce Castle, parking problems are occurring regularly with coaches and cars parked on the main road causing congestion which is a danger for the tourists and other road users.
We need a major look at parking, not only at Dunluce Castle but at the Giants Causeway and Carrick -a- rede rope bridge and the Dark Hedges where there are constant problems at this time of year.
Tourism is only going to grow in this stunningly beautiful part of the world and we urgently need to sort out basic things like parking.”
Causeway Coast Community has been informed that due to the current issues of parking, buses have no where to park resulting in hundreds of tourists each week going elsewhere throughout Northern Ireland.
In a statement issued to Causeway Coast Community yesterday evening, A Departmental spokesperson said: “The main visitor approach to Dunluce Castle is via a private lane, over which there is a public right of way for visitors to the historic monument. Parking on that lane is very limited, and in times of peak visitor flows the lane can become very congested. However, there is a public car park a short distance to the west, at Magheracross, and there is a public bus stop adjacent to the site.”