ITS OFFICIAL!!! Well – at least according to Lonely Planet!
The Wild Atlantic Way earned a great (and well deserved) boost this week when it came in at number 21 on L.P.’s latest list of 500 unmissable global travel experiences. This stunning 2,500km route up along our west coast showcases the best of what Ireland can offer any traveler – its all here – ocean and mountain, beach and countryside, island and harbour, village and city, Celtic Cross and Norman castle, surf and cycle, food and drink …. and….. lots of craic along the way!
This is actually huge! – imagine – its up there with Petra, Uluru, the Galapagos…..
This wasn’t the only good news for Irish tourism – a total of 8 locations on the island made it onto the list – not bad when you look at the size of us on the globe!!!
Wild Atlantic Way (21)
Giant’s Causeway (102)
Ring of Kerry (114)
Brú na Bóinne (289)
Titanic, Belfast (298)
Slieve League (389)
Trinity College Dublin (423)
I think they chose well overall. Regular readers among you will know that I’ve been singing the praises of Slieve League and the Ring of Kerry over the past few weeks. Yep folks – I’ve obviously got my finger on the pulse of trending international travel!!! Of course, along with Connemara, Slieve League and the Ring are actually located on the WAW. Prehistoric Brú na Bóinne is definitely worthy of a place on the list. Trinity and Titanic are interesting inclusions in a relatively short catalogue of places. My least favourite is the Giant’s Causeway. I know its a unique landscape but I’m always disappointed with the scale of the site – it looks so much bigger in photos!
While lists and tables such as these may evoke cynicism in many, there’s no doubting their influence. The Irish tourism Industry will be looking forward to the time when they can maximize the interest and benefits generated by such attention. Meanwhile, we domestic tourists should try to make it to these wonderful sites / sights whenever we can.
And as for all my international readers, I’m sure by now you realise what you’re missing here and are making (longterm!) plans to visit when you can. Of course you do know that you’ll have to stay for at least 2 months to fit everything in!
Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter,
Lullabies, dreams and love ever after.
A thousand welcomes when anyone comes…
That’s the Irish for You!