Fáilte Ireland has announced the installation of new interpretation panels at all of its 188 Discovery Points along the Wild Atlantic Way.

The panels feature local stories for each area, which were identified as a result of consultation with historians, heritage officers and local experts. Each panel also includes historic or scenic images, a small map and notes on other local points of interest.

Already panels have been erected in Donegal, Sligo, Mayo and Galway with signs for the southern stretch (all the way down to West Cork) due in the coming weeks.

Last year, Fáilte Ireland installed 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.

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan said: “The Wild Atlantic Way is an evolving attraction and will continue to develop additional layers of experience over the coming years. Already, the route is proving very popular and I am confident that our ongoing investment in the initiative will enable it to generate additional jobs and revenue for communities all along the western seaboard.”

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