A series of new viewing points along the Shannon Estuary Way have been unveiled, the first of a series of Wild Atlantic Way looped drives created to encourage visitors to explore other parts of the region and stay longer.
The eleven viewing points are located at Ringmoylan Pier, Ballysteen Pier, Boland’s Meadow, Kilteery Pier, Glin Pier, Knock Pier, Labasheeda Quay, Killadysert Pier, Covraghan Pier, Clarecastle Pier and Tullyglass Point. The points compel visitors to stop, enjoy the view and engage with the stories of each local area.
Developed with stories and imagery from local communities across the region and constructed from locally sourced materials, the concept for the design of the viewing points was ‘big skies and sheltered waters’. A motif for the viewing points was created to celebrate the traditional wooden fishing boats unique to the River Shannon, the gandelow.
The Shannon Estuary Way was developed with an investment of €225,000 from Fáilte Ireland, and takes visitors on a drive across the Shannon Estuary on Shannon Ferries, encouraging them to explore towns, villages and shore fishing sites within the area.
Unveiling the new viewing points, Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Patrick O’Donovan T.D., said: “The Shannon Estuary Way provides a significant opportunity for Limerick and Clare to benefit from the Wild Atlantic Way, opening up the region’s inland hinterland to visitors.”
Fáilte Ireland is working with Clare Local Development Company, West Limerick Resources and businesses along the Shannon Estuary Way to maximise the tourism opportunities presented by the Shannon Estuary Way.