Causeway Craft Trail showcases outstanding talent of local artisans

Causeway Craft Trail showcases outstanding talent of local artisans

Fri, March 08, 2024

Tourism professionals from across the island of Ireland have enjoyed an insightful visit to Causeway Coast and Glens to experience the wonderful new Causeway Craft Trail.

The trail is a fascinating and immersive tourism experience that will lead visitors to uncover hidden gems a world away from the well-trodden tourist route in the Causeway Coast and Glens. On the trail, visitors will embark on a journey of discovery to 13 craft experiences and meet some of the area’s most creative minds.

Watch these craftspeople at work as they create clean, functional tableware to Celtic-inspired jewellery, or marvel at the process behind traditional basketry, incorporating the found objects of the coastline such as driftwood and pebbles.

Welcoming representatives from the tourism industry and some local skilled local artisans to an event in Flowerfield Arts Centre, Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Councillor Steven Callaghan said: “As a Council, we are committed to showcasing our Borough as an unmissable destination and tours like this give participants an invaluable opportunity to enhance their knowledge and understanding about our tourism product.

“This exciting tourism initiative has brought together a collective of talented and accomplished craftspeople, whose enthusiasm for the region is rivalled only by their sheer brilliance at their profession.

“The trail offers visitors a unique way to explore the destination with the added bonus of meeting the makers and learning how they interpret their magical surroundings to create beautiful and original pieces of work."

Kerrie McGonigle, Council’s Destination Manager added: “Tourism trends show that culture and heritage visitors to Northern Ireland seek to experience authentic culture, learn the stories of its people and experience or learn a new skill from the locals. The Causeway Craft Trail provides this experience for our visitors, and it is a wonderful addition to the tourism offering in Causeway Coast and Glens.

“This Council strives to work closely with the tourism and hospitality sector and other key partners to deliver on what makes our area special, unique and a great place to visit.  Tourism is a significant income generator for the local economy, and it is essential that collectively we continue to invest in our product in order to be competitive in both the domestic and international marketplace, and capitalise on opportunities for growth.”

During the month of March, there are several ways visitors can meet the talented and inspirational people behind the Causeway Craft Trail. Either visit during The Open Studio weekends, Saturday 16 March and Saturday 23 March, or book an intimate crafting workshop experience between 15 -30 March.

For more information on the Causeway Craft Trail, the Open Studio weekends, and the programme of workshop experiences go to

The Causeway Craft Trail map will also be available in our Visitor Information Centres.

The Mayor, Councillor Steven Callaghan tries his hand at painting with Maud McArthur from The Designerie Laura McIlveen and Maud McArthur from The Designerie and Cathy McGarry from The Courthouse alongside the Mayor, Councillor Steven Callaghan. Mayor, Councillor Steven Callaghan meets Claire McDowell (Stone Row Artisans), Aoife Thomas (Portrush Atlantic Hotel) and Natasha Kirke (Bank Apartments). Anne Sheils, Council’s Visitor Information Services; Brendan McCormack, Visit Derry, Liz Steele, Tourism Manager - Culture and Heritage, Tourism Northern Ireland; Mark McGrann Council’s Destination Marketing Manager; Natasha Johnston, Industry Engagement Executive - Tourism Ireland and Emma Thorpe, Stone Row Artisans. Lucy Hutchinson of Fiona Shannon Ceramics shows some of her wares to the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Councillor Steven Callaghan. Mayor, Councillor Steven Callaghan alongside Zoe Bratton, Council’s Tourism Product Development Officer; Sinead Mc Nicholl, Director of Sales and Marketing - Dunluce Lodge; Joanne Boyle, General Manager - The Elephant Rock. Katie Russell, International Media Visits Executive - Tourism Northern Ireland and John Wilkinson, Valkyrie Crafts with the Mayor, Councillor Steven Callaghan at the Causeway Craft Trail event in Flowerfield Art Centre. Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Councillor Steven Callaghan receives a lesson in ceramic making from artist Adam Frew. Gathered at the Causeway Craft Trail event in Flowerfield Art Centre are (L-R) John Wilkinson (Valkyrie Crafts), Emma Thorpe (Stone Row Artisans), Kerrie McGonigle (Council’s Destination Manager), Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Councillor Steven Callaghan, Lucy Hutchinson (Fiona Shannon Ceramics), Laura McIlveen (The Designerie), Adam Frew (Ceramics Artist), Maud McArthur (The Designerie) and Claire McDowell (Stone Row Artisans).