Limavady’s Lonely Planet review slammed

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Limavady Borough Council has hit back at a travel review which states “there’s not much to see except the blue plaque” on Main Street in the town, writes Sheena Jackson.

The short review is included in the 10th edition of Lonely Planet’s Ireland guidebook and describes Limavady as a “quiet and prosperous small town”.

“There’s not much to see except the blue plaque on the wall at 51 Main Street, oppositie the Alexander Arms, commemorating the home of Jane Ross,” states the review.

However, the review outlines a number of scenic attractions including the “lovely country park”, the Dogleap Centre, and eateries, such as the Lime Tree and Hunter’s Bakeryand Oven Door Cafe. It also rates Binevenagh Lake as the top viewpoint in Northern Ireland.

A council spokesperson said they were “delighted to see many of Limavady Borough’s scenic and historic attractions” in the guide.

“We look forward to many readers of the guide calling into the Tourist Information Centre in the new Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre in Limavady to find out more about the excellent activities, attractions, accommodation and cultural programmes that are too numerous to include within the pages of a guide book.”

Limavady Mayor Sean McGlinchey said more needs to be done to market the borough’s attractions, but added that having the town “covered in flags” does nothing to welcome visitors.

“We have have Benone Beach and many other attractions, but the politics of the last 20 years in this town doesn’t sell any of them,” he said.