The success of the first ‘Making Tracks Day Out’ in Donegal was off the rails! On the 30th May a group of 28 got together at the Old Station House Donegal Town, previously knows as Donegal Town Railway Station, to enjoy the much-anticipated excursion.
The idea for the excursion developed when the new manager for County Donegal Railway Restoration (CDRR) CLG, Donna Maskery visited local service providers and realised the potential for excursions that linked and promoted local places of interest in rural towns and village locations.
The excursion started at the Railway Heritage Centre housed in the Old Station House, Donegal Town and visited St Connells Museum Glenties and the Isaac Butt Heritage Centre before enjoying refreshments and music at McKelveys pub in Ballybofey and returning to Donegal Town through Barnes Gap.
The sun was shining and the temperature was 24 degrees when a full bus left the railway Heritage centre in Donegal Town with two local tour guides in full period costume. The two guides Niamh and Cathal, volunteered their time on the day as well as the weeks before the trip researching information and gathering local stories to inform, engage and entertain en-route.
Making Tracks Day Out was a team effort with CDRR spearheading the project but was only made possible with everyone working closely together. The day was a great success and work is now underway to scope out the next excursion.
Some of the comments included:
“We had a wonderful day, very informative and enjoyable I hope it really takes off.”
“I think you have a real winner with this type of full day tour. It would be great day out for visitors to the area and locals alike. Well done and thank you”.
“The heritage centre looks fantastic. It’s the first time I have been in since it was done up. Its more spacious and bright and everything is very well displayed. Well done!”
“Our guides were brilliant, informative, helpful and lovely”
“They both really made our day!! Very colourful in costume and entertaining.”
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