A popular Dutch blogger and ‘Instagramer’, Eelco Roos, has been touring the best of Donegal this week and taking stunning photos to share with almost half a million followers.
Eelco (@croyable) is here on a media trip highlighting some of the many great things to see and do in Donegal to prospective holidaymakers in the Netherlands. He is here as a guest of Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Aer Lingus.
Eelco, who has around 437,000 followers on Instagram, flew to Donegal Airport – recently voted the world’s most scenic airport landing.
His busy itinerary included visits to Donegal Castle, the Slieve League Cliffs, Malin Head, Doagh Famine Village, Carrickabraghy Castle, Fort Dunree, Grianán of Aileach, Fanad Head Lighthouse, Doe Castle and Glenveagh National Park and Castle.
His family stayed in Fanad Lighthouse during the week, which he described as “the most unique stay we have ever experienced.”
We didn’t tell the kids where we would stay for the night, when we drove up we asked them where do you think we will stay tonight? They pointed at a few cottages and we kept saying ‘nope’ – the moment we ran out of road, their jaws dropped! I can honestly say this was the most unique stay we have ever experienced. #loveireland #highlyrecommended
Eelco also enjoyed a ‘sea safari’ around Arranmore Island with skipper Jim Muldowney, horse riding at Dunfanaghy Stables and a hand-weaving demonstration by local weaver Cyndi Graham, at her studio in Dunkineely.
Karen van der Horst, Tourism Ireland’s Manager for the Netherlands said: “We’re delighted to welcome Eelco to Donegal. He has a strong following on Instagram, so his visit is a fantastic opportunity to showcase Donegal’s spectacular scenery to a wide audience of prospective Dutch holidaymakers. Eelco’s posts and photos will be seen and shared by his many online followers – inspiring them to come and sample Donegal for themselves.
Karen added: “Tourism Ireland undertakes a busy publicity programme around the world each year, to raise the profile of the island of Ireland. Visits by journalists and social influencers, such as Eelco, are a key element of that programme.”