International Appalachian Trail Ulster-Ireland

Girls walking through the IAT Ulster Ireland Trail in Derry/Strabane

Client: Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC)

The Challenge

To provide a range of marketing services for the Ulster – Ireland section of the International Appalachian Trail.


The Appalachian Trail (AT) runs over 3,000 miles from Georgia in the south of the US to its northern terminus on Mount Katahdin in Maine, stopping short of the Canadian border.  In 1994 the idea to continue a trail along the Appalachian terrain across the political border into Canada was proposed and the International Appalachian Trail (IAT) was born.

By 2009 consideration was being given to extending the IAT. Greenland became the first chapter outside of North America followed closely by Scotland. There are now IAT Chapters in Maine, New Brunswick, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland & Labrador, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, England, Isle of Man, Wales, Norway, Spain, Portugal and Morocco.

The IAT Ulster-Ireland measures a distance of approximately 302 miles /485 km. The trail traverses the province of Ulster and runs from west Donegal in the Republic of Ireland to Larne, Co. Antrim in Northern Ireland. It starts at the spectacular Slieve League cliffs, passes through Glencolmcille, traverses the Bluestack Mountains in Co Donegal before crossing into Co. Tyrone. Here it picks up the Ulster Way, taking in the Sperrins, the stunning North Coast and the Glens of Antrim. 

Outscape will be responsible for the marketing services of the Ulster-Ireland stretch of the IAT.

The Role

Marketing services to be provided include;

  • Develop marketing content including photography, videography and copy
  • Liaise with local businesses to create and promote experiences/itineraries along the route
  • Design, produce and distribute a suite of marketing material
  • Establish and maintain online and social media platforms
  • Deliver multi-media promotional campaign to the target market in North America and Ireland
  • Monitor and evaluate the project and identify recommendations post project

Project Funders

Local Action Groups (LAGs) from Derry and Strabane, Causeway Coast and Glens, Fermanagh and Omagh, Mid Ulster, Mid and East Antrim and Donegal.