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Thursday, 25 April 2013

Failte Ireland Finalise Route for Wild Atlantic Way





The final route for the Wild Atlantic Way was unveiled today (by Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring) at Meitheal.

The Wild Atlantic Way will be Ireland’s first long-distance driving route, stretching from the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to Kinsale in County Cork, offering future visitors an opportunity to truly discover the west coast.

The 2,500km final route consisting of the main spine of the Wild Atlantic Way, was finalised following a comprehensive public consultation process and 156 strategically placed discovery points have been identified along the way.

A series of looped itineraries off the spine are also planned to further develop the experience for visitors.
Overseas tour operators in Dublin to attend Meitheal got a ‘sneak-peek’ of the route last night at a Fáilte Ireland welcome event in the Convention Centre Dublin.

Along with an interactive showcase of the activities and attractions available along the route, up to 300 overseas operators were also treated to the premiere of the video-trailer above showcasing just what their clients can expect along the route from next year on.

Paddy Mathews, Manager of Destination Development with Fáilte Ireland, believes the project will be a great addition to what Ireland has to offer visitors -

“Developing a route like this is an important part of ensuring Ireland is able to provide visitors with an unforgettable experience. It will open up a huge number of towns and attractions to them and showcase the scenery and unique culture of the West Coast of Ireland providing easy access to a range of experiences along the route.

“Now that the route has been finalised we will be focusing our efforts on turning all this preparatory work into a reality – an international driving route to rival the best in the world.”

Update on the Wild Atlantic Way

You can now vie the latest Wild Atlantic Way project update and the full Route Identification Report at www.failteireland.ie/wildatlanticway

Full details are available on o# Failte Ireland'S website – www.failteireland.ie/wildatlanticway