Fáilte Ireland has allocated €3.2m of funding for a programme of improvement works for 133 Discovery Points and 22 embarkation points which have been identified along the 2,400 Km Wild Atlantic Way route.
The route which stretches from the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to Kinsale in County Cork is already garnering significant interest overseas.
The discovery points which have been identified for upgrade are essential to the success of the project and represent locations where the visitor can stop off, get out and explore, find out about some unique stories relating to the natural heritage of the area as well as the culture and social history associated with the location.
Shaun Quinn, CEO of Fáilte Ireland, said:
“The Wild Atlantic Way is one of our most ambitious tourism projects ever. Already, the reception both at home and abroad to the concept has been incredibly encouraging. Today’s funding is part of the ongoing evolution of the project. Most of the route has now been branded and signed and Fáilte Ireland is working with tourism operators and local communities all along the coast to ensure that they can engage with the opportunities offered by the project and to assist them in ‘telling and selling’ and in bringing their stories alive for those who visit.”
The Government had allocated €8 million for the Wild Atlantic Way project this year (which was announced in the 2014 Budget) and along with €2million previously committed from Fáilte Ireland’s Tourism Capital Investment Programme, a total investment of €10 million will take place in 2014.
Published: 11th June 2014