On (and off) the Wild Atlantic Way


Sir, – I was both interested and delighted to read Peter Murtagh’s article (On the Wild Atlantic Way, Home News, June 13th). The proposed Wild Atlantic Way is a wonderful idea by Fáilte Ireland to showcase the beauty of the country.

However, I was disappointed to see that Louisburgh and Leenane were not included in the proposed way. The road from Westport to Louisburgh and Leenane is both historic and beautiful passing Croagh Patrick, Murrisk, Lecanvey along by Mweelrea Mountain and Doo Lough and along one of the few natural fjords (the Killary Fjord) in the world. It is also the route of the Famine walk which is of great significance to our country and to our relationship with America.

This area has several miles of beautiful beaches, many of them with Blue Flag designation. It is an area that is much frequented by walkers, mountain climbers, geologists, surfers and holiday makers – it featured in The Irish Times recently as one of the most beautiful places to live. Why would this be the only part of the proposed Wild Atlantic Way to be left out? – Yours, etc,


Cappagh Road,

Barna, Co Galway.