By Heidi Woods- Tourism Development Officer
Inishowen Tourism welcomed Sligo based tour operator to the Inishowen Peninsula last
weekend to showcase what is on offer for their visitors from France travelling to Ireland on their holidays. The company were also celebrating 25 years in business selling holidays in Ireland to their small groups and independent travellers from abroad. As the Northwest tourism gains traction in terms of interest from international markets in conjunction with The Wild Atlantic Way concept, there is high demand to offer new packages and Inishowen was chosen as part of their visit as a destination to experience and plan itineraries for 2017.
Inishowen Tourism representatives worked closely with Allain Tours to provide them with ideas for the weekend; suggestions to incorporate all attractions around the Peninsula prior to their visit. The company directors Bernard Eucher-Lahon and Corine Ledanois were travelling with their team and Welcome Packs were distributed to their rooms providing them with essential information on everything we offer here in Inishowen. As the trip was time restricted as to what they would be able to visit or participate in during the weekend this would be beneficial for planning itineraries for their clients in the future. The group based themselves at The Malin Hotel; took part in several activity based pursuits, such as the Inishowen Quad Safari experience and hiking the local terrain. They visited the Doagh Famine Village and stopped to sample Kieran’s award winning seafood chowder at Nancy’s Barn Ballyliffin.
On Sunday they were accompanied on a guided tour from Malin Town heading north via the stunning scenery around Knockameny Bens, then onto Malin Head. The weather was true to form, sunshine and showers for this time of year, but that didn’t deter the team from Sligo; they were thrilled with the walk along the Malin Head Trail bursting with enthusiasm for the breathtaking views on their way to Ireland’s Most Northerly Point.
The group’s last stop before leaving homeward bound was Sunday Lunch at The Seaview Tavern, Malin Head. This was an opportunity to get a little feedback from them in between ordering their meal. Trying not to interrupt their last hour of relaxation spent in Inishowen I requested could they give me a line about what was special, or a highlighted memory from the trip. Someone in the group gave a tagline to capture the essence of the feeling being here and that was it, they all participated writing in my note book their own caption of their individual experience.
As their tour bus pulled away I read their captions and smiled, how wonderful to see such comments, these are special and they should be shared with the people and place that inspired these; Inishowen; the wildest elements for the warmest experience; Donegal you have captured my heart; Donegal, real wilderness, real craic; Inishowen is like heaven; Donegal: It has it all; Inishowen, just breathtaking; Live the real life in Donegal; Inishowen: A breath of fresh air; Awesome Inishowen; Inishowen, where you can experience all four seasons in one day; Inishowen number 1; A tiny peninsula, full of surprises. The last caption is my favourite because it encapsulates it all; Inishowen is out on its own; Breathtaking scenery, passionate people, a hidden treasure.
As the high season for tourism comes to close, it is time to congratulate all our members and wider community who provide a valuable experience for our visitors whatever they do, it is heart-warming to hear good feedback and we say at Inishowen Tourism “keep doing what you do so well -making Inishowen a truly special place to visit”.