For years the incredible 600-metre high cliffs were ignored by tourism bosses (and some would say the entire county.)
Now Slieve League is to be included in an “end-of-the-world” road trip drive route taking in the Atlantic coastline and stretching to Co Cork.
Tourism bosses are hoping the route will appeal to Americans and Europeans on a trip to rival California’s Pacific Coast Highway.
It’s already being called the “Wild Atlantic Drive” – so let’s hope tourists are encouraged to drive the entire route or Donegal will miss out again!
“We’ll be pitching this at people who want to come over and have an authentic experience and enjoy not only Irish landscapes, but also the company of Irish people,” said Alex Connolly from Tourism Ireland.
“It will be for people who are looking for that rugged, authentic Irish experience, the Ireland that at one stage – before the discovery of America – was considered the end of the world, but still has that remoteness and beauty about it.”
The proposed route hasn’t been finalised – and it’s not known if it tourists will be encouraged to start the trip in Donegal or Cork. (Our best bet says it will be Cork).
The route could be ready and designated in time for the 2013 tourism season.
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