Scenic Ireland sights to get the Google Street View treatment

4 Aug 2015

Fáilte Ireland is set to take advantage of Google’s Trekker Loan Programme to capture on camera some of the beautiful parts of Ireland that are inaccessible by car and, therefore, do not feature on Google Street View.

Google’s Trekker Loan Programme allows organisations to borrow the company’s camera-equipped backpack to capture footage of remote locations, such as many scenic Ireland sights.

According to Fáilte Ireland, over the next several weeks the organisation will be capturing footage of many places people have not been able to see online before, beginning this week on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Along the route, Fáilte Ireland will be recording sights such as islands like Inishbofin, Achill, the Blaskets and Dún Aengus on Inis Mór, as well as other significant destinations such as Sliabh Liag, Croagh Patrick and Mizen Head.

The Google Trekker camera will also turn its gaze eastwards to take in many of the highlights of ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’, including the narrow streets of medieval towns, the grounds of stately homes and the iconic Newgrange prehistoric monument.

The specialised camera will also be used to capture parts of Dublin, particularly many scenic walks in places such as Howth Head, Sandycove and along the Royal Canal.

Speaking today about the benefits of using the Google Trekker, Daragh Anglim, Fáilte Ireland’s head of digital, said: “Six-out-of-10 visitors to Ireland last year cited the internet as an influence when choosing the country as a destination.

“Three-quarters of visitors told us that they use the internet to plan their itinerary here before arriving. The use of Google Trekker is, therefore, a welcome addition to Fáilte Ireland’s significant engagement with digital and social media to promote Ireland.”

Sliabh Liag cliffs in Co. Donegal image via Shutterstock

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic