The new Wild Atlantic Camp tourism project funded by Leader and officially opened in Creeslough, County Donegal today has been described as an excellent example of how LEADER funding can help rural tourism initiatives along the Wild Atlantic Way. The popular Wild Atlantic Camp Accommodation and Recreational Facility was officially launched by special guest and local sportsman Christy Toye.
Speaking at the launch on behalf of Donegal Local Development Company Ltd. (DLDC), Patrick Sweeney, Treasurer and Board Director said “The new Wild Atlantic Way can be a unique part of the tourism product within the tourism sector particularly in Donegal”. He added that “this project is an excellent example of how LEADER funding for rural tourism initiatives located along the new Wild Atlantic Way can improve and benefit the local area. DLDC is delighted to be associated with this fantastic project and was very pleased to assist with LEADER funding for this rural tourism business. In delivering LEADER, the Board of DLDC has taken the approach of prioritising projects which assist in the diversifying the rural economy, which in turn, generates economic activity and sustains and creates employment in rural areas”. Funding of €200,000 was provided for the project by DLDC through the ‘Encouragement of Tourism Activities’ measure of the Rural Development Programme (LEADER) 2007 – 2013.
Fine Gael Minister of State Joe McHugh, speaking at the event; “I am delighted to be in attendance at this special event today. Huge congratulations to Lorcan Roarty and his family on all their hard work and enthusiasm to the Wild Atlantic Campsite, and to all their recent progression with this ambitious initiative, and I wish them all the best into the future.
“I wish to commend the various agencies involved in this collaborative enterprise, the Board and staff of DLDC and Fáilte Ireland for their co-operation and commitment to this project, and the massive investment in the Wild Atlantic Campsite, ensuring the proposed developments would be carried out with a successful outcome.
“The re-opening of Doe Castle, which will take place in the next few weeks, must also be highlighted, again demonstrating the huge potential of this area, showing that with hard work and dedication how all these projects can in turn complement each other, and will result in supporting economic development here in Donegal.”
A haven for any camping enthusiast, this landmark tourism facility, the brainchild of Lorcan Roarty, is ideally situated on a 15 acre site in the heart of the Creeslough village, located at the beginning of the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s new 2,400 km coastal touring route. Wild Atlantic Camp facilitates both the tourism and local community sectors providing much needed all year round camping accommodation and outdoor recreation facilities, creating ongoing local employment.
This tourist complex offers specialist camping accommodation which includes Luxury Insulated Wooden Pods, Large Canvas Bell Tents, serviced Motorhome Pitches (also suitable for touring caravans) and spacious camping Tent Pitches. On site camping facilities include a fully equipped camper’s kitchen, shower facilities, full laundry facilities, The Coffee Pod Coffee Shop & Den (which includes a TV with full WIFI) and Restaurant & Takeaway.
Wild Atlantic Camp’s extensive range of onsite outdoor recreational facilities include a 9 hole Pitch and Putt course with spectacular views overlooking Sheephaven Bay, a fully equipped children’s playground, an all weather floodlit 4G Astroturf pitch, a Bike Hire Base with Pick Up & Drop Off service available, and a newly opened outdoor tennis court.
Speaking at the launch, Lorcan Roarty, Managing Director of Wild Atlantic Camp thanked all those who had supported them and in particular the DLDC Board for the Capital funding, Project Officer Sinead Mc Laughlin, Leader Manager, Frank Kelly as well as their staff. He commented that “Wild Atlantic Camp has shown how the the development of a local rural business has significantly boosted tourism in the area and generated significant economic activity”.
Also speaking at the launch, Joan Crawford said that “Failte Ireland are delighted to see the realization of the Wild Atlantic Camp project in Creeslough. Visitors are increasingly looking for this type of quality tourism experiences which is of a high standard, where the whole family can enjoy the entire spectacular environment. This project now leads the way on the Atlantic Way and we congratulate Lorcan and his family on taking this initiative and look forward to promoting this new attraction for many years to come.”
Cllr Seamus O ODomhnaill also spoke and commended everyone involved wishing Lorcan and his family well in the future. He also paid tribute to the Creeslough Tidy Towns committee for their tired less work in handing the recent Village Enhancement works in Creeslough. Christy Toye in front of a large crowd performed the officially cutting of the ribbon and commended everyone who was involved in this great project.
“Last year we had a very successful first season and bookings secured this year have already doubled since last year”. Lorcan also paid tribute to the local community for their support and to their many guests from Ireland, Europe, USA and Australia”.
Let Wild Atlantic Camp be your perfect base for camping, glamping and exploring North West Donegal.