A joint venture between Failte Ireland and the Irish government has led to the highly anticipated launch of the Boyne driving route – literally driving tourism through Ireland’s most popular areas. The grand ‘unveiling’ took place in early April this year and is set to make a much more efficient connection between tourism hot-spots and international arrivals wanting to explore as many of them as possible. With over 300 new road signs along 225 kms, the Boyne Valley Drive is set to become the foremost travel route on the Emerald Isle.
Ireland has long been accepted as one of the most beautiful countries in the world with a vast selection of culturally rich heritage sites of both natural and man-made design. The new route will establish a convenient and breathtakingly scenic journey across 22 historic attractions. Running through counties Meath and Louth, the Boyne Valley Drive will include Newgrange, Trim Castle, Monasterboice, Slane Castle, Mellifont Abbey and many lesser known tourist hotspots within its panoramic vistas.
At the launch of the route, Minister Varadkar told the gathered crowd that “The Boyne Valley area is one of the richest in Ireland in terms of history and heritage, and we really want to promote it as such worldwide”. The €220,000 project has generated new levels of enthusiasm from business owners along the route, seeing a number of them taking part in promotional events. With the word spreading through the Tour Operator Publications for the 2013 season, owners of the gorgeous local hotels, taverns and lodges are anticipating an exciting year.
Excited travellers have more flexibility than ever to plan their trips across some of Ireland’s most mysterious and breathtaking locations. From quaint taverns and ancient heritage sites to luxurious hotels and backpacking establishments, there’s no shortage of things to see or places to stay. If you’re still planning your vacation for the year, then it’s definitely going to be worth your time to consider that return trip to Ireland.