Standing Stones Lodge adds to Divis Mountain tourism offer - and brings 25 jobs

Pictured at Standing Stones Lodge are Alderman James Tinsley, owner and developer Paul McLarnon, chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council's development committee Alderman William Leathem, and general manager Harry McMahon

THE latest accommodation provider for Lisburn and Castlereagh is now fully open for business following the completion of phase two of a £1.75 million investment by its owner and developer Paul McLarnon.

Standing Stones Lodge, located next to Divis Mountain, offers 22 ensuite double bedrooms with two disabled access rooms as well as a 100-seater restaurant.

Offering accommodation for visitors to the popular walking trails around Divis and Black Mountain, with refurbishment has also led to the creation of 25 jobs.

Mr McLarnon said: “Standing Stones Lodge has been three years in the making and I'm delighted we are now able to welcome visitors to enjoy our hospitality in this beautiful part of the country.”

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council's development committee chair Alderman William Leathem said: “This new accommodation provider to the area will improve the bed stock and ultimately having an impact on overall tourism performance.

"Tourism contributes significantly to the Northern Ireland economy and at a local level it is always encouraging to see growth in the sector.”

Standing Stones Lodge ( general manager Harry McMahon said: “Paul has every right to be proud of creating a first-class facility here on Divis.

"In the short time we've been open our restaurant has proved hugely popular and I'm confident we will quickly become a tourist destination. This is just the latest phase of work, however, because Paul has more plans in development.”