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First stage of Divis Mountain tourist facility nears completion

Phase one of the Standing Stones development has seen the erection of an eight-bedroom guesthouse
Andrew Madden

WORK is almost complete on the first phase of a £1.75 million tourist facility at Divis Mountain.

The 'Standing Stones' development will include a guesthouse, restaurant, self-catering accommodation and a camping and caravan park.

The project broke ground at the site on the Divis Road outside west Belfast early last year.

Phase one has seen the erection of an eight-bedroom guesthouse and parking.

The next stage will see 100-seater restaurant and 16 self-catering units, followed by an area for camping and caravans.

Developer Paul McLarnon and architect John McGarrity aim to provide facilities for an increasing number of tourists and walkers who visit the area.

It was showcased by Belfast City Council last year at the property trade show MIPIM in London.

DUP representative James Tinsley said at the time: "Over recent years there has been an annual increase in walkers on Divis Mountain and having a variety of accommodation types in the vicinity can only increase visitor numbers to the area."

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