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Cool Routes

The prestigious global yachting publication “Boat International” has ranked the Cool Route as No.1 Most Adventurous Cruising Route in the World.

The COOL Route Project – Cruising Oceans on Latitudes above 51 Degrees North funded by the European Union’s Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme – investigates the potential to establish a yacht cruising route along the western offshore areas of the Northern Periphery Area, stretching from Co. Cork in the South of Ireland, to the UK (Northern Ireland and Western Scotland) and onwards to the Faroe Islands and Norway.  As an ecotourism product, exploiting the natural resources of the area in a manner that is sustainable and environmentally viable; this new sea route will be marketed internationally and will have a common branding, booking and information system.

The objective of the Cool Route project is to bring new business opportunities to peripheral communities and enterprises which are located on these highly scenic coastlines, offering a wide range of things to experience, activities and places to see.  

Within all of these waters are extensive cruising grounds, which are situated in some of the most scenic areas globally and in proximity to the richest European resources in terms of history, culture, heritage, wildlife, cuisine, traditional music and folklore.

Derry City and Strabane District Council’s participation in the COOL Route Project is key for bringing to life our marinas and waterways and putting Derry and Strabane firmly on the sailing map. Derry City and Strabane District Council is very focused on promoting the city and region’s maritime offering and keen to look at new ways to utilise our waterfront and rivers in encouraging investment and tourism.  By being part of this initiative we will be involved in dialogue with all service providers, tourism interests and interested stakeholders along the route that will greatly benefit us in being part of this hugely exciting maritime tourism project.

DCSDC is committed to marketing and promoting the city as a world class destination to visit and to increase the number of boats bringing tourists to the Foyle and council area.

The Route Information and Booking System will be focused on Cool Route stopover locations- not just the pontoon or marina- but the wider area.

The work package 6 that DCSDC is responsible for, is to design and trial a map based GIS System which will be freely available for any local business or community group to promote its products and services - food, drink, tours, taxis, museums, repairs, coffee, walks, music or anything else of suitable interest.

There will be a strong emphasis on new services being introduced – which may include a local butcher offering to vacuum pack some steaks, dry-cleaning, waste collection, valeting etc.

How can our local enterprises proactively build marine tourism business in the Foyle?

Can you add a service to your existing business- which would make the Foyle and DCSDC area more marketable?


How can connections between the Foyle marina and other local enterprises be improved?  

Business coverage on the system will include a photograph- a short description and web-link, for information and bookings.  

Please register details of your enterprise/business, products or services at here.