The Wild Atlantic No-Way


Hazel writes:

Found a dodgy map on the wall at Ireland West Knock airport, made by Failte Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way, in which Lough Key Forest Park has been marked between Athlone and Roscommon instead of outside Boyle. There are only 15 places of interest on the map, and it’s not as though Connaught is a big place!


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14 thoughts on “The Wild Atlantic No-Way

  1. Fact Checker

    The bigger issue is why any tourist should be encouraged to go to the north midlands/east Connacht.

    They are completely uninteresting culturally and there is no natural beauty.

    There are nice things to see and do in Ireland, but they are pretty much all on or near the coastline.

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      That’s really harsh. Loads of places to visit in that region for visitors with varying interests. You forget that so many tourists travel to the coast with stops along the way. You ignore the fact that there is a home-grown tourism to this region. You also forget Center Parc Longford. Call yerself a Fact Checker huh?

      1. Fact Checker

        You haven’t given any examples.

        Wicklow has lots of natural beauty but I would still tell a tourist to avoid about 90% of it.

        1. Spaghetti Hoop

          Lough Key Forest Park is a splendour with islands within in the lake – Boyle is indeed not the nicest of towns – but the road from Boyle to Ballyfarnon has a lovely route down to the lough plus you can get boats out and then have tea / refreshments in Kilronan Castle. If you are fond of fishing, this area is the best in Ireland, and the lakes of Roscommon and Leitrim are the cleanest and best-managed stocks in Europe.

          Glencar Waterfall continues to stir literary imaginations and is a green and leafy escape in Leitrim. I personally find it more ‘Yeatsy’ than Sligo. Plus Leitrim and Roscommon is O’ Carolan country – Mohill and other towns reveres the man with music and the nearby Lough Rynn is a lovely spot. Leitrim’s Arigna coal mines are, for some new to the experience, a glimpse into mining and its processing, dangers and local livelihoods. The tour is cheap, led by real miners and is a first step for some to learn more about industrial heritage and coal-mining in Europe.

          Sligo is not far and that is Yeats Country – ooohhh…a popular spot for Yeats scholars and even mildly interested tourists. Mullaghmore is a special coastal spot, its infamy previously due to an IRA asassination but more recently its firm place on the map as one of the best surfing spots on the western coast of Europe. And anyone with any interest in geology or mad rock formations or into climbing MUST visit Ben Bulben. I am shocked that this oul divil isn’t a UNESCO natural heritage site. It’s the bleedin’ Uluru of Ireland. I’ve no doubt Annie West can provide more Sligo info. Though I am not a fan of Sligo town at all, the county and coast is a gem.

          Longford has beautiful Lough Gowna and some serene high villages like Aughnacliffe. If you’re a history buff, the county boasts Kitty Kiernan and Seán MacEoin from the early 20th Century and lots further back with Queen Maeve (Sligo mountain too devoted to her). The reason why Longford was perfect for Centre Paris is because everyone mostly travels through it to get to places. Pus the cheap and unspoiled land and available (and incoming) labour. Since the bypass, Longford has retained that traditional Irish town structure of streets with traditional shopfronts and fayre – which motorway motorists are now beginning to miss.

          If a Dub heads home early from the west and wants a bit of a gander on the way home, the midlands has some great secret spots in fairness.

          There’s a few examples, sir. *fills car with petrol

    2. Otis Blue

      You can ‘encourage’ them all you like. They won’t go there in any appreciable numbers. There isn’t really a ‘there’ there.

      Center Parcs pretty much fulfills the criteria for culturally uninteresting.

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