The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland is the world’s longest defined coastal touring route. From Malin Head in County Donegal, the country’s most northerly point, to Mizen Head in County Cork, the most southerly point, the route weaves and winds across 2,500km of beautiful coastline. The Northern headlands Area located in county Donegal at the northern periphery of the route are the focus area of this project.
On the Wild Atlantic Way, the products and experiences are more about stopping and ‘experiencing’ than driving! Indeed, along with way, there are 157 discovery points, 1,000 attractions and more than 2,500 activities. The tourism product on the West Coast of Ireland is primarily based on its unique and preserved ancient, Celtic heritage, which is experienced by the visitor against a backdrop of this renowned, unspoiled landscape, scenery and natural and historic features that are all along the Atlantic West Coast.
The mix and blend of attractions range from awesome landscape features to world beating heritage sites, with a fantastic range of culture related activities, all with a healthy dappling of traditional music and dance, unique Gaelic sports, literature and drama, with much of it still preserved in our unique and fully alive, ancient celtic language, An Ghaeilge.
Apart from some large urban centres, this is very much a rural region, with low population density, and low population growth. The Northern headlands Area (Donegal) which is the focus region within RURITAGE has a population of 161,137. Donegal is also the poorest county in Ireland. Whilst the promotion of the Wild Atlantic Way in general has benefited the entire region, the counties along the Northern Headlands of the Wild Atlantic Way have fared less well, despite its abundance of landscape and attractions, and could benefit with additional support to achieve its potential.
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Rural Heritage Hub
The Rural Heritage Hub of Sliabh Liag (Slieve League) will be located in Teelin in County Donegal, Ireland on the Northern Headlands of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. It is Ireland’s Ultimate Sea Cliff Experience where visitors experience the local culture, heritage and people of Donegal against the backdrop of spectacular and rugged coastline.