12 December 2012
A new driving route linking top attractions in Kildare and Wicklow, The Grand Tour, has been launched today at Russborough House.
The aim of the Grand Tour is to promote the wealth of things to do on Dublin’s doorstep and encourage visitors to explore the area to experience the variety on offer.
The Grand Tour links the top attractions in Kildare and Wicklow into a master driving route, and a number of themed sub-routes, creating a compelling tour of wild landscapes, elegant gardens, big houses, motoring history and Early Christian heritage easily accessible from Dublin.
The route is broken down into a number of tailored sub routes covering the following areas of interest –
Wilds of Wicklow
Pilgrims Saints and Scholars
Great Plains of the Curragh
The Gordon Bennett Driving Route
Tourism businesses from across Kildare and Wicklow gathered as the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD officially opening this exciting new tourist development and speaking at the event, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Operations for Dublin and the East, Kevin Moriarty, commented –
“The counties of Kildare and Wicklow are located next door to Dublin, which eight out of ten overseas visitors pass through, and we need to capitalise on this geographical advantage. We must encourage visitors to explore Dublin’s doorstep, stay for longer periods and experience the range of attractions on offer. With the development of the Grand Tour, we aim to do just that.
“In addition the touring route provides a great platform from which businesses in the area can promote themselves and we hope that they seize on the opportunity to develop offerings which piggyback on the themes of the Grand Tour.”
The Grand Tour is the culmination of over two years’ work which was guided by a local steering group which included representatives from Fáilte Ireland and a range of public, private and community sectors, including tourism and business stakeholders from Kildare and Wicklow. The group was chaired by Professor Philip Nolan, President, NUI Maynooth.
Find out more about the Grand Tour here
or read the full press release