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    Plan your Cool Route journey on our interactive guide containing all the information you need to know about the Cool Route.


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    Logistics and business potential of a yacht cruising route along the Northern Periphery Area.


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Having completed its project phase, the Cool Route is now a not-for-profit initiative, promoted by the Cork Institute of Technology, with Sailing Scotland  and Sailing and Cruising Scotland.   

Ranked as the Most Adventurous Cruising Route in the World, the Cool Route also represents the most extensive international collaboration on promoting sustainable marine tourism

The Cool Route Cruising Ground, described in the International Yachting Press as the World’s Most Adventurous Cruising Ground, is one of the most attractive coastlines globally and stretches from Cork, in the South of Ireland to Western and Northern Ireland, on to Western Scotland and then to the Faroe  Islands and Norway.

The Most Adventurous Cruising Route in the World

A route brochure and invitation to visit is available as a booklet please  click here  

The objective of the Cool Route Project , co-financed by the Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme  was to strengthen the market reach and customer base for SMEs in remote communities, develop an exclusive product package to attract high end customers, develop a joint marketing strategy and ICT solution and design a marketing model focusing on “place based” development opportunities for a very wide range of  tourism, activity holidays, cultural and heritage attractions, local produce, crafts, restaurants and marine services.

The Cool Route Project, has now been completed having delivered all of its objectives. Additionally the Cool Route was the winner of the 2018 Atlantic Area Award for Sustainability.

The Route Information and Booking System is fully operational and enterprises are invited to continue self-registrations here 

  • The Route, as a tangible tourism product, has secured wide international recognition
  • Partners have completed detailed analysis of all of its logistical aspects
  • Cool Route Strategic Marketing Strategies  have led to successful international engagements with global players in marine tourism
  • Significant engagements have taken place with coastal enterprises with new produces and services introduced
  • Visits by  private vessels, superyachts and liners have increased throughout the route, where 40 new marinas and pontoons have been developed over the past three years.
  • The Route Business Plan was produced and secured its intended objectives
  • The Cool Route Video Channel is operational and provides a great overview of the route
  • A promotional video for the entire route is here
  • Wide dissemination of the project has been achieved with over 2,000 followers on its Facebook and Twitter  Platforms
  • Arrangements are now in place for the continuation of the work of the project with the involvement of Sailing and Cruising Scotland to ensure that the route continues to develop on a not-for-profit basis to promote Northern European waters for Marine Tourism and bringing new economic opportunities to many thousands of coastal enterprises.

Full details of all analyses, studies and reports are available from the Studies and Reports Area of this website.