Updated: 27/01/17 : 15:02:48
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Sligo now has a Wild Atlantic Way to tell its stories

Fáilte Ireland today announced the installation of seven new engaging interpretation panels at all of its Discovery Points along the Wild Atlantic Way in County Sligo.  The panels are intended to bring each of the existing discovery points in the county to life by featuring local stories chosen as a direct result of local consultation and engagement with local historians, heritage officers and other local experts.  The installation of the panels is part of a wider initiative to bring local stories to the fore all across the route.

Speaking today, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of the Wild Atlantic Way, Fiona Monaghan explained: “The rationale for the panels is to provide visitors with local stories which will add layers to the Wild Atlantic Way experience and bring each of our existing discovery points to life for tourists. A key part of this phase of our development of the Wild Atlantic Way project has been a close and productive partnership with local experts and historians as well as with the individual local authorities along the route.”

Last year, Fáilte Ireland had developed 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. Each panel also includes historic or scenic images, a small motivational map and identifies some other local points of interest – with a call to ‘Discover more’.

Local Wild Atlantic Way Champion Eithne O’Sullivan, from Eithna's By The Sea restaurant, Mullaghmore commented: "The development of the Wild Atlantic Way has created an iconic brand experience, which continues to recognise the West of Ireland on an international scale. The effective marketing and organised innovation of the Wild Atlantic Way, with the collaboration of business and locals has succeeded in building, growing  and enhancing sustainable visitor experiences.

This collaboration in conjunction with the interpretative panels gives a sense of identity to each destination point, the interpretative panels encapsulates the Wild Atlantic Way and WOW factor of the region, heightens awareness and will create in its own way a legacy of individual interaction and interpretation all of which will contribute to the uniqueness of the experience and the future optimism and growth."

The Panels are located in the following sites;