UK travel magazine highlights West Cork as top destination

January 27th, 2018 11:50 AM

By Southern Star Team

Whiddy Island got a mention in the travel article, along with Sheep's Head and Bantry.

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By Peter Allen

AN article highlighting Cork is featured in the February edition of Wanderlust travel magazine, profiling West Cork to 34,000 potential British holidaymakers.

Tourism Ireland in London and Failte Ireland invited Wanderlust editor Phoebe Smith to West Cork, of which she had only positive things to say: ‘For tasty food and scenery, you can’t beat the south-west corner of the Emerald Isle.’

Over a three-day break, Ms Smith experienced such attractions as: whale watching off the coast of Baltimore with refreshments at Cape Clear, visiting Whiddy Island and reflecting on it having been appropriated as an American military base in 1918, dipping in and out of shops and cafes in Bantry, driving along the coastal villages to reach Sheep’s Head and its lighthouse, among other activities. 

Tourism Ireland’s head of Great Britain, Julie Wakley said: ‘We are really pleased with this article on Cork in the latest edition of Wanderlust magazine, publicity is an important element of our overall activity, helping to raise awareness of the many things to see and do on a holiday in Ireland.’

Tourism-related companies mentioned in the article include Whale Watch West Cork, Bantry’s Maritime hotel and Organico café.

Ms Smith tried a range of West Cork foods including freshly-cut chips, local cheeses and seafood, among other dishes.

Julie said: ‘As our nearest neighbour and our largest market for overseas tourism, Britain remains a priority for us. It delivers 47% of all overseas visitors and around 30% of all overseas tourism revenue.’

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