Fanad Lighthouse has launched a new website this week as they begin to prepare for a phased-in opening as Covid-19 restrictions are eased.
The packed website (fanadlighthouse.com) shares the rich history of the iconic lighthouse and promotes the tourism offerings of the entire county of Donegal as we look ahead to the ‘year of the staycation’.
After some time to prepare for a new era of tourism, the website shows that the centre is ready to bounce back and welcome visitors again as soon as they can.
“COVID-19 has been catastrophic for tourism,” says marketing officer Rosie Nic Cionnaith.
“Like everyone else, we had an abrupt closure in March, just as we were about to enter our high season. It was heartbreaking to have to cancel our accommodation reservations and halt our tours. The tourism season is so short, you are really depending on those months between April and September. However, we have used our time well and are very excited to be launching this new website. It feels like a really positive step towards the future.”
The website features the history of Fanad Lighthouse as well as Lough Swilly and its tragic shipwrecks, such as that of HMS Saldanha and SS Laurentic. It also highlights the rich natural heritage of the area, with its marine wildlife and seabird population.
“Whales and dolphins are sometimes seen from the lighthouse”, says Eimear Ní Mhathúna, manager. “It’s always very special to see them.”
The new website also features an online shop. “It’s exciting to be opening our online store”, says Eimear. “At a time when people can’t physically come here we will be able to ship a range of products, and hope to grow this range in due course.”
“We’ve also included a few ideas for visitors to Donegal’, says Rosie. “It’s important to promote tourism throughout the county to show how strong our offering is as a region. And of course we have highlighted how special the Fanad peninsula is, as well as the Fanad Gaeltacht. The lighthouse is a community project and tourism is so important to our rural community. We are looking forward to our local staff coming back to work.”
“2020 will definitely be the year of the staycation so we hope the new website can encourage domestic visitors,” says Eimear.
The lighthouse accommodation will be opening on July 20th with tours expected to resume in August. You can visit the new website at www.fanadlighthouse.com.Tags: