National Geographic on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

Posted by The Skibbereen Eagle | June 2, 2016 22

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The Wild Atlantic Way – and West Cork in particular – features in a beautiful new film made for National Geographic. The piece, which comes in at just under six minutes long, was filmed last month and highlights the mystical beauty of the area and features stunning views of the West Cork coastline and countryside.

In ancient times, Ireland’s dramatic western seacoast was thought to be the edge of the world. Now a 1,500-mile touring route, the Wild Atlantic Way, hugs this same terrain, connecting more than 150 “discovery points” worth exploring, from Malin Head in the north to Mizen Head in the south. Wild-Atlantic-Way-West-Cork-Maritime

Made for the travel.nationalgeographic.com website, it includes contributions from Jim Kennedy of Atlantic Sea Kayaking, his daughter Jessie – a musician and singer whose music features in the film – and Fingal Ferguson of Gubbeen Farmhouse Products Ltd. Wild-Atlantic-Way-sign

The National Geographic editorial says ” The Wild Atlantic Way, on the west coast of the Republic of Ireland, is like stepping into another world.  Both rugged and bucolic, the Wild Atlantic Way boasts rocky coastlines, green hillsides, land and sea adventures, and enough local characters to make you want to return again and again.”
People have asked why I have come to live in West Cork? I’ll let the pictures in the National Geographic video paint a thousand words.

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