Travel writ­ers hail Ir­ish ruin to ri­val Machu Pic­chu

Ma­jella O’sul­li­van, Irish Independent
19 April 2014

TWO of Canada’s most pop­u­lar travel writ­ers are sam­pling Ire­land’s new­est tourist at­trac­tion as guests of Tourism Ire­land.
The tourism body in­vited hus­band and wife team Dave Bouskill and De­bra Cor­beil to travel the 2,750km Wild At­lantic Way from west Cork to Done­gal so they would write about their ex­pe­ri­ences on their blog, ‘The Planet D’.
So far, they say they have been blown away by the UNESCO her­itage site on Skel­lig Michael, the ru­ins of the 12th-cen­tury monas­tic set­tle­ment, which is 1.6km off the south Kerry coast.
“It’s the most in­ter­est­ing ruin I’ve ever seen,” De­bra told the Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent. “As an ex­pe­ri­ence I’d put it up there with Jor­dan’s Pe­tra or Peru’s Machu Pic­chu, but it’s even more in­ter­est­ing be­cause of its re­mote­ness and be­cause there are not so many tourists there.”
Known as ‘Canada’s ad­ven­ture cou­ple’, Dave and De­bra, who have been to­gether for 23 years and mar­ried for 15, have been on the road non-stop for six years. Their award-win­ning blog at http://www.the­p­lan­etd.com is con­sid­ered one of the top travel blogs in the world and reaches an au­di­ence of about 800,000.
Their web­site alone at­tracts 200,000 vis­i­tors each month with 400,000 on Google+. They have 80,000 fol­low­ers on Twit­ter and 55,000 on Face­book.
Even though their trip to Ire­land is be­ing hosted by Tourism Ire­land, De­bra in­sists this does not com­pro­mise their ob­jec­tiv­ity. “We’re writ­ing for our own blog and it’s very im­por­tant that we are true to our au­di­ence. It’s our job to re­main ob­jec­tive and if we don’t do that peo­ple are just not go­ing to read it any more,” she said.
They also post pho­to­graphs and video­clips of their trav­els on so­cial me­dia and tweet about their ex­pe­ri­ences us­ing hash­tags #WildAt­lanticWay and #Plan­etDIre­land, which Tourism Ire­land is hop­ing will show­case the coastal route to a new au­di­ence.
To­day they will visit the Din­gle Penin­sula be­fore head­ing on for Clare and Gal­way. Their tour will fin­ish in Done­gal next week hav­ing passed through Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim.
Tourism Ire­land’s Canada man­ager, Jayne Shack­le­ford says an al­most 70pc in­crease in avail­able air­line seats be­tween Ire­land and Canada has pre­sented new op­por­tu­ni­ties for Cana­dian hol­i­day­mak­ers.
“Dave and De­bra’s Planet D blog is hugely pop­u­lar, so their visit is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate a ma­jor im­pres­sion on their on­line fol­low­ers, as they ex­plore the Wild At­lantic Way and share their ex­pe­ri­ences,” she said.
“Blogs and so­cial me­dia are recog­nised as strong in­flu­encers for prospec­tive hol­i­day­mak­ers and we reg­u­larly work with them in pro­mot­ing the is­land of Ire­land.”

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Minister Ring officially launches the Wild Atlantic Way

Ireland’s first long-distance touring route, The Wild Atlantic Way, was officially launched this morning by Minister of State for Tourismand Sport Michael Ring T.D. who promised visitors to the West of Ireland the “journey of a lifetime”.

The Wild Atlantic Way is Ireland’s first long-distance driving route. Stretching from the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to Kinsale in County Cork, the route will offer visitors an opportunity to truly discover the West Coast.

Following a comprehensive public consultation process, the 2,500km route has been finalised and includes 159 discovery points along the way. We are investing €10 million during 2014 in the new attraction which is already garnering significant interest overseas.

 

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Wild Atlantic Way

Discover the Wild Atlantic Way!

The Wild Atlantic Way is set to be Ireland’s first long-distance touring route, stretching along the Atlantic coast from Donegal to West Cork. – The Wild Atlantic Way stretches for 2,500km along Ireland’s western seaboard. From Donegal in the north to Cork in the south, through regions like Connemara, The Burren, Galway Bay and Kerry, the route is the longest defined coastal drive in the world.

You could drive the whole route in one go but you don’t have to. Instead, you may want to slow down and dive in deep. For it’s out on these western extremities – drawn by the constant rhythm of the ocean’s roar and the consistent warmth of the people you’ll find the Ireland you’ve always imagined.