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Cool Route claims Atlantic Project Award

25 October 2018

The ambitious plans to promote a yacht cruising route along the western coast of Ireland, including a stop off in Derry, have been recognised with the prestigious Atlantic Project Award.

Derry City and Strabane District Council are one of the Cool Route Project Partners who have been working to develop and market the route that stretches from Cork to Western and Northern Ireland on to Western Scotland and then to the Faroe Islands and to Tromso in Western Norway.

Derry and Strabane’s specific responsibility relates to the development of online information and a booking system for the route.

The Atlantic Project awards were presented this week at a prestigious ceremony at the fifth Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference in Vigo, Spain.

Established in 2016, the awards are designed to honour the outstanding success stories achieved by projects in the geographical area covered by the Atlantic Strategy that showcase relevance to the implementation of the Atlantic Action Plan.

The 2018 Atlantic Award recognises the Cool Route’s work in creating a socially inclusive and sustainable model of regional development.

The project is led by Cork Institute of Technology’s Hincks Centre for Excellence in Entrepreneurship and has partners in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the Faroe Islands and Norway.

The Cool Route addresses the development of Marine Tourism through the provision of small pontoons and marinas in peripheral coastal locations which facilitate visits from all types of vessels, ranging from small private craft to liners.

Even very large liners regularly disembark marine visitors using ship’s tenders.

The project successfully completed a wide range of research into all aspects of is objectives.