Eastern promise: New tourism initiative touted for Wicklow Coast could rival Wild Atlantic Way
A new tourism initiative which could see Wicklow become an integral part of a new “Wild Atlantic Way” trail for the east coast could become a reality very soon.
The proposed tourism trail which would stretch from Carlingford Lough in county Louth to Cobh in county Cork will have huge economic potential for Wicklow’s tourism sector and will benefit towns and villages along Wicklow’s coast.
The Irish Sea Way is part of the programme for government, currently being voted on by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party as they look to form a new Dáil.
It is hoped the Irish Sea Way could have the same level of success of the Wild Atlantic Way, which has attracted huge visitor numbers to the West Coast of Ireland.
Health Minister and local Fine Gael TD, Simon Harris, who alongside party colleagues has thrown his full support behind the campaign and said it would be great boost for tourism in the county.
“As an island nation, we are hugely dependent on our tourism sector and the need for infrastructure which enhances our unspoilt landscape.
“Tourism is one of Ireland’s most important economic sectors and its significance as a source of employment and regional development cannot be understated. That is why an ambitious project such as the Irish Sea Way would be hugely beneficial to our economy and communities.
“The Wild Atlantic Way has become a world-renowned tourist attraction since it was launched in 2014. Counties along the West Coast have made significant gains from international marketing drives and social media campaigns to promote the tourism initiative.
“Well-known beauty spots along the proposed new trail that could benefit further include Carlingford Lough in Louth, the coastal communities of Howth, Malahide and Dún Laoghaire in Dublin, Greystones and Brittas Bay in Wicklow, the coastal villages of Dunmore East and Ardmore and the stunning Copper Coast in Waterford.
“A project such as the Irish Sea Way has the potential to further promote these towns and villages as tourist destinations to the betterment of local communities, Minister Harris concluded.