Pictured: Declan Murphy, Failte Ireland, John O’Connor, Kerry Co Co, Gerard Kennedy & Vincent Kidd
New engaging interpretation panels are now in place at 30 Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Points in County Kerry.
The panels are situated at local spots such as Skelligs View and Inch Strand - featuring local stories chosen as a direct result of local consultation and engagement with local historians, heritage officers and other local experts.
The installation of the panels is part of a wider initiative to bring local stories to life all across the route.
Speaking today, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of the Wild Atlantic Way, Fiona Monaghan explained:
“The rationale for the panels is to provide visitors with local stories which will add layers to the Wild Atlantic Way experience and bring each location to life for tourists. A key part of this phase of our development of the Wild Atlantic Way project has been a close and productive partnership with local experts and historians as well as with the individual local authorities along the route.”
Last year, Fáilte Ireland had developed Photo Points at each of the Discovery Points and Embarkation Points along the route. The Photo Points were designed to literally ‘frame’ photographs taken by visitors at the beauty spots and scenic views along the route. The new interpretation panels are being installed next to each Photo Points and are intended to tell visitors a little of the history and heritage of the area. Each panel also includes historic or scenic images, a small motivational map and identifies some other local points of interest – with a call to ‘Discover more’.
What local businesses have to say
Commenting on the success of the Wild Atlantic Way, Gerard Kennedy, The Moorings, Portmagee, said:
"The Moorings are more than delighted with the Wild Atlantic Way initiative as we are now extending our season by four months and employing a number of additional staff in the area. This is a testament to Fáilte Ireland and the work they have done with local communities. The new interpretation panels with their intriguing stories that are part of the local folklore will open up people's hearts and minds to the rich heritage and culture of where they stand.”
Vincent Kidd co-owner of the Royal Hotel, Knightstown, Valentina Island, commented on how the Wild Atlantic Way has impacted on his business, said:
"We at the Royal Hotel, Valentia Island and indeed the Skellig Coast have found the Wild Atlantic Way to have been hugely beneficial to our business based on the feedback we are getting from our guests and tourists to the region. It is amazing to see such a huge initiative like this take off so quickly. More importantly, it is delivering tourists to all the rural regions along this spectacular 2500km coastal route.
In tandem with the Star Wars phenomena it is also becoming the main driver for tourists to our area. What is particularly striking is the fact that people who have done a piece of the route are so impressed with their connection to it, they are extremely keen to comeback and spend longer and see more of it. This is the true measure of a hugely successful project and I believe this is only the beginning…
A full list of all the locations where new panels have been installed in Kerry is available in the notes from editor below, click on each location to view the panels.
Radharc Na Mblascoldi
Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhoir
Ba Na Scealg
Com an Chiste
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