South Mayo and Clew Bay, Croagh Patrick and Clare Island maps added to popular OSi Adventure Series
The official launch of Ordnance Survey Ireland’s (OSi) newest Adventure Series Maps took place this week (Thursday, 21 June 2018) in Westport House. The two new additions to the hugely popular Series cover popular tourist destinations; South Mayo, and Clew Bay, Croagh Patrick and Clare Island.
The OSi Adventure Series is an activity orientated collection of maps, which show detailed information on specific locations around Ireland. The series caters to the specific needs of adventure tourists and outdoor enthusiasts such as mountaineers, hill walkers, and cyclists and includes details on walking routes, cycle trails, historical landmarks and mountain peaks.
Adventure tourism is one of the fastest growing areas in the global travel industry with an estimated value of €850 million to Ireland’s economy. Speaking about the importance of adventure tourism in the area Brian Quinn from Fáilte Ireland said:
“The Governments Action Plan for Rural development wants to build on the existing strengths of rural Ireland. A key pillar of that plan is to maximise our rural tourism and recreation potential and celebrate our natural and cultural heritage.
Westport has long been recognised for its friendly people and ancient heritage, but with Ireland now increasingly seen as a destination capable of delivering unique outdoor adventure experiences rural towns like Westport, have a unique opportunity to use the natural landscape on their doorstep to compete in this global market.”
Commenting on the launch of the new Adventure Series Maps, Colin Bray, Chief Executive, OSi said;
“Ireland’s natural environment is a resource in terms of the economy, tourism, culture and learning. As the national mapping agency, it is our responsibility to provide the tools by which we understand this environment and navigate it.
Our Adventure Series focuses specifically on the needs of outdoor enthusiasts, capturing safe routes, mountain peaks, antiquities, as well as many walking and cycle routes. To date we have published ten maps as part of this series including; Killarney National Park, Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, Wicklow Mountains, Shannon Lakelands, The Aran Islands, and now South Mayo, and Clew Bay, Croagh Patrick and Clare Island. Over time we aim to create a national series that helps adventure seekers explore the rugged landscape and visit many interesting sites all across the country.”
Also being launched at the event was a local history book written by Westport native, Chief Executive of Portwest and local historian, Harry Hughes. Harry Hughes’ new book, Croagh Patrick: A Place of Pilgrimage. A Place of Beauty, details the history, archaeology, ancient traditions and folklore associated with the pilgrimage. Commenting on the launch Harry Hughes said:
“Croagh Patrick is Ireland’s biggest pilgrimage, welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors. In writing this book I tried to make sense of what draws people to this place for some it’s a religious pilgrimage for others it’s the majestic beauty of The Reek set on the shore of the Atlantic.”
The full Adventure Series from OSi is available on their Online Map store. Croagh Patrick: A Place of Pilgrimage. A Place of Beauty, by Harry Hughes is currently available for purchase.