Fáilte Ireland is examining the possibility of developing a full-scale walking trail along the entire Wild Atlantic Way route. The ambitious plan is a key objective of the tourism body’s 10-Year Vision for Tourism.
Last year residents of European cities almost over-run with tourists — Venice and Barcelona in particular — intensified their protests objecting to the way commercial interests have taken over and, in their eyes, destroyed the communities they live in.
‘Traffic bottlenecks’ are developing on the Wild Atlantic Way tourist route in peak season. Fáilte Ireland has said long delays and capacity issues are “negatively affecting the visitor experience”, according to an internal brief.
In the summer of 1991hitchhiked the coastline of Ireland for his first travel book. Twenty-five years on, he retraced his footsteps for a new book based on a journey along the Wild Atlantic Way – this time by car and bike, on foot and on horseback
They have been described as “gallows” by some critics and even as “a blight on the landscape” by others, but Fáilte Ireland says its discovery point signs on the Wild Atlantic Way were erected after a lengthy public consultation process.
Is the Wild Atlantic Way holding sway over Bantry town, lifting its hotels before it? The selling agents of the Maritime Hotel, developed at a reported cost of €30m and now offered at just €1.5m, expect so, such is the pace of change on the West Cork town’s accommodation front.
For any business, customer loyalty is vital, particularly during a summer routinely described as a washout. However, as discovered, one West Cork town is ensuring rain is not a spoiler by offering visitors more cultural events and a greater choice of eateries