24th March

Wild Atlantic Way seafood trail

A dedicated seafood trail from Donegal town to Erris in Co Mayo involving five seafood producers and 14 seafood restaurants has joined the existing 'Bay coast' route from Erris to Galway Bay, involving six producers and 28 restaurants.

Taste the Atlantic

Pictured at the launch of Taste the Atlantic - a Seafood Journey in Drumcliff Bay, Sligo are some of the participating producers and restaurants

Taste the Atlantic - a Seafood Journey aims to educate visitors and Irish consumers how seafood is caught and farmed:

"The Wild Atlantic Way is the ideal platform to promote and celebrate the best of Irish seafood. BIM are particularly excited about this new route as it focuses on our less well known but exceptional fish and shellfish farmers who expertly cultivate premium oysters, abalone, mussels and Irish organic salmon," remarked Tara McCarthy, BIM chief executive, at the launch in Lissadell House, Sligo.

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Shannon-Erne Blueway's 70km water trail

A 70km water trail and 17km of linear and looped walking/cycle routes from Leitrim Village to Belturbet, have opened to provide a range of recreational leisure activities. The Shannon-Erne Blueway adds to the network of Blueway trails developed by Waterways Ireland along various navigations.

Waterways Ireland Blueway

Dawn Livingstone, CEO Waterways Ireland; Cathoirleach Paddy Smith, Cavan County Council; Minister Heather Humphries; Karl Henry, broadcaster and fitness expert with members of the Ballyconnell Community

"This is a wonderful amenity which is a great addition to Cavan and Leitrim's tourism offering. The Blueways across the country is an important element of the government's tourisim strategy," remarked Heather Humphries, Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht. 

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Ireland's Ancient East goes mobile

Fáilte Ireland has launched a 'mobile friendly' website (www.irelandsancienteast.com) to showcase Ireland’s Ancient East and support its domestic marketing campaign, based on 5,000 years of Irish history on the east and south regions. Visitors to the website can experience stories and uncover hidden gems through 400 pieces of content.Ireland's Ancient East

Glendalough, Co Wickow, founded in the 6th Century by St Kevin and Sea Stallion of Glendalough, a replica viking ship launched in 2004 and visited Dublin in 2007. Photos Gillian Mills

The website builds on Fáilte Ireland investment and work in the region, including €2.3m in capital investment allocated to 25 projects under the New Ideas in Ancient Spaces initiative.

Read more: Ireland's Ancient East goes mobile

Take nothing but photos; leave nothing but footprints

In 2015, Inisbofin achieved SAC status and 'eco certification', and is the first 'Leave no Trace' island.

The island boasts diverse habitats from pristine beaches; sheltered coves and sand dunes; sea cliffs and stacks, to bogs, hay meadows and rolling hills. Sheep farming, fishing and seaweed foraging by day and traditional music drifting on the evening breeze, make up a complete package to inspire all visitors.

Inisbofin

The Leave no Trace network currently includes seven businessess that have adopted the core principles:

  • plan ahead and prepare
  • be considerate of others
  • respect farm animals and wildlife
  • travel and camp on durable ground
  • leave what you find
  • dispose of waste properly
  • dispose of waste water properly and minimise the effects of fire

"This is not an island that is about packing in the daytrippers, nor to rush to for the nearest viewpoint and back to catch the last ferry. It's a place to hike, bike, picnic, swim, fish, soak up the history, eat local seafood or lamb, and relax the night away, listening to traditional music and stargazing...." remarked Mary Mulvey, CEO Ecotourism Ireland.

Double-page feature in Spring 2016 edition of Inshore Ireland

Insibofin

Fanad Lighthouse opens its doors on spectacular views

Fanad Head Lighthouse on the northern tip of Ireland, surrounded by Mulroy Bay and Lough Swilly, has opened its doors to guided tours and unique self-catering accommodation. 

GLI Fanad

Standing 22m and overlooking the Atlantic, the latest lighthouse to open under the Great Lighthouses of Ireland brand, will be managed by local community group, Forbairt Fhánada Teoranta.

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Great Lighthouses of Ireland shine a light on summer

Seven lighthouses around the coast of Ireland are opening their doors over the May Bank Holiday weekend for a weekend of fun, discovery, stories and thrills.

For hundreds of years, lighthouses have helped seafarers find their way. Now they shine their light on truly unique experiences around the coastline. This will be a special opportunity to get behind the scenes with experts from Irish Lights, and to learn about technology and navigation today. Local historians and storykeepers will provide tours that showcase the natural and cultural highlights.

Great Lighthouses of Ireland Valentia

“Visitors tell us that getting to the top of a lighthouse tower is a unique and special experience. Over the May Bank Holiday weekend, we are encouraging everyone to come and enjoy all that the Great Lighthouses of Ireland (GLI) has to offer,” remarked Yvonne Shields, Irish Lights chief executive.

Read more: Great Lighthouses of Ireland shine a light on summer

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