One of the world’s most adventerous bi-directional yacht cruising routes now include the coastlines of Galway, Mayo & Clare.
The Cool Route project aims to grow numbers of private craft, super-yachts and passenger liners visiting the coastlines of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the Faroe islands and Norway.
Discussions led by the Harbour Master at the Port of Galway, Captain Brian Sheridan, led to the inclusion of an additional 150 nautical miles of Irish coastline.
Kilrush Marina is one of 6 locations being promoted as part of the Cool Route marketing campaign.
Speaking on County Clare’s inclusion in the project, Mayor of Clare, Councillor Tom McNamara said:
“This new sea route is being marketed internationally and will have a common branding, booking and information system. Clare’s coastal locations already have well-developed land-side tourism infrastructure and therefore, have plenty to offer marine visitors in terms of scenery, attractions and marine visitors.”
Brian McCarthy, Acting Director of Economic Development for Clare Council said:
“The inclusion of the Clare coastline represents a very significant addition to the route in terms of its overall visitor offerings. Kilrush Marina is located close to Scattery Island which recently won an EDEN award and it is an ideal base from which to explore the waters of the Shannon Estuary and the Clare coastline up to the Cliffs of Moher.”
Full information on the Cool Route project is available here.
The Cool Route Project is funded by Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme. Its Irish partners include Cork Institute of Technology, Údarás na Gaeltachta and The Irish Sailing Association.