Cork Airport and Kinsale Chamber of Tourism have welcomed the recent launch of the Wild Atlantic Way by Fáilte Ireland.
The Wild Atlantic Way, which starts in Kinsale, Co. Cork, is set to be Ireland’s first long distance touring route, stretching 2,500 kilometres along the Atlantic Coast from Cork to Donegal.
Cork Airport is the biggest international airport serving the route and the closest airport to the official starting point in Kinsale. The Wild Atlantic Way, which will be the longest defined coastal drive in the world, is designed to provide visitors with an unforgettable experience, showcasing the scenery and unique features of the Atlantic Coast of Ireland.
Speaking about the launch of the new tourism initiative, Cork Airport Managing Director, Niall MacCarthy said, “The recent launch has the potential to be very significant for Irish tourism. Cork Airport is the closest airport to the start of the Wild Atlantic Way route and we view the initiative as a fantastic opportunity to drive tourism, both nationally and internationally.”
The Wild Atlantic Way route will be fully signposted and will highlight 159 ‘Discovery Points,’ stretching from Cork to Donegal in the north of Ireland through Connemara, The Burren, Galway Bay and Kerry.
Hal McElroy, Kinsale Chamber of Tourism said, “We fully support the initiative and believe it can provide a fantastic boost for tourism in the Munster region. The town of Kinsale is delighted and honoured to have been chosen as the starting point of the route. The Wild Atlantic Way is devised to showcase the hidden gems of Ireland and what better way to start your trip than in the beautiful historic harbour town of Kinsale!”
Cork Airport, which is Ireland’s second largest airport, serves more than 2.3 million passengers each year, flying to more than 50 destinations across Europe.