Tourist Attraction To Feature Dialect Signs

A popular tourist resort in Northern Ireland is to install a series of signs in Ulster Scots dialect, it has been announced.

The Ulster-Scots Agency is to fund 68 signs in the dialect by the path at the Gobbins in Islandmagee in County Antrim, with 38 to be installed on handrails and 30 on the path’s wooden fencing, the Belfast Telegraph reports. The signs will be in place by the end of March and will bring local heritage sites to the attention of visitors.

Speaking previously about the project, chief executive of the Ulster-Scots Agency Ian Crozier said the Gobbins “presents us with an excellent opportunity to highlight the rich Ulster-Scots heritage of Islandmagee and the wider East Antrim area to a local, national and international audience”.

The signs will feature sights, flora and fauna around the clifftop location at the site, which is a popular beauty spot on the north coast of Ulster.

 The newly signposted path will offer a “very different walking experience from the paid attraction down at sea level, including breathtaking views of Scotland,” Mr Crozier said.

As well as views across the sea to Scotland, other attractions on the trail include St Nicholas’ Church and the castle in Carrickfergus, Olderfleet Castle and the Friends Goodwill monument in Larne.

The introduction of exclusively Ulster Scots dialect on signage contrasts with the bi-lingual signage seen in other parts of the UK. These include Welsh and English in Wales, Gaelic and English in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and Cornish alongside English in Cornwall.

However, the most unique signage in Britain is to be found at Wallsend Station on the Tyne and Wear Metro, which comes in both English and Latin. It is the only public signage in the UK using Latin, which pays homage to the fact that the town marks the eastern end of Hadrian’s Wall at the nearby Segedunum Fort.

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