Connemara Coast and Aran Islands visitor experience development

Connemara Coast and Aran Islands visitor experience development

The Connemara Coast, stretching from Galway Bay to Killary Fjord, the Aran Islands and Inishbofin in County Galway lie at the heart of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. The Coast and Islands are renowned for stories and folklore that highlight the unique landscape attributes, the resilience and vibrancy of coastal and island life, and the ways in which this area has been a source of artistic inspiration for centuries.

Today, the opportunity exists to find new ways of using this backdrop to continue inspiring the visitor – reinvigorating those seeking authentic connections with local Irish culture and the Gaelic language, rewarding the contemplative mind and challenging those in pursuit of adventure. 

The Fáilte Ireland Visitor Experience Development Plans are dedicated to promoting unique and authentic tourism experience in key areas of Ireland. The key objectives of the Connemara Coast and Aran Islands Visitor Experience Development Plan are to develop compelling experiences for this stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way that will:

  • Motivate visitors to stay longer and spend more;

  • Extend the length of the season;

  • Align to the Wild Atlantic Way brand and target markets;

  • Promote the concept of slow travel;

  • Sustain and increase job creation in the local area;

  • Protect the special environmental, cultural and linguistic character of the region.