THE COOL ROUTE PROJECT
The Cool Route project investigates all aspects of the practical logistics and business potential to establish a bi-directional yacht cruising route along the western offshore areas of the Northern Periphery Area.
The cruising ground is one of the most attractive 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 up to Tromso in Western Norway. Learn more »
Cool Route Survey on Cruising Preferences
The Cool Route Project, includes all of the National Sailing Organisations in Ireland and the UK. The project has strategic partners in the Faroe Islands and in Norway. The project, co-funded by the Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme, is researching on a transnational collaborative basis, the development and marketing of the overall cruising grounds around Europe’s North Western Seaboard. Wide ranging research is now being conducted by Cool Route on the Cruising Preferences of sailors in Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Faroe Islands and Norway. This research, which is incorporating the expert views and priorities of cruising skippers, will be an important input to the future development and marketing of cruising in these waters. We invite you to please complete the survey, which is on line at https://survey.cit.ie/index.php/464947/lang-en
The objective of the Cool Route Project is 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. If you have any small business along the route, which could benefit from increased marine based tourism , we want to hear from you.
Consult a Navionics Chart to view all areas of the route
The route is covered by a number of Cruising Guides.
For The Irish Cruising Guides covering all of the Island of Ireland please visit the website of our Associate Partner The Irish Cruising Club.
Sailing Directions for Scotland are available from the Clyde Cruising Club
The Wild Atlantic Way is the shoreline of the Cool Route along the southern and western coastline of Ireland. This is truly a stunning global tourism attraction. A visit to the Wild Atlantic Way website which is rich in multi media content will quickly allow you to appreciate the unique beauty of the route, which is also a treasure trove of Ireland’s ancient heritage and culture. The site also provides an excellent and wide ranging Directory of Activities.
Authors and Captains Daria and Alex Blackwell have published a guide on Cruising the Wild Atlantic Way providing detailed information on all aspects of the Cool Route between Cork and Donegal. The book can be ordered from here
For Northern Ireland Sailing , a wealth of information is available including a directory of services from the organisation’s website
Sail Scotland is the national marketing organisation for sailing and marine tourism and delivers a range of strategic marketing activities, aimed at bringing more sailing visitors to Scottish waters, in order to grow the sector and deliver benefits to members businesses and the wider economy in line with Scotland’s National Marine Tourism Strategy.
The Faroe Islands are included in the National Geographic Best in the World Listing for 2015. For more information on this very exciting sailing destination on the Cool Route please visit the Islands Website
The Fjords of Western Norway cover the northern end of the Cool Route in areas where every small settlement has docking facilities. for information on sailing in Norway please visit the website of the Norwegian Sailing Association
The basis for the project securing Interreg IVB funding relates to the potential contribution of cruising yachts and other private vessels to the local economies of peripheral coastal locations around the Cool Route. Therefore, the project will engage with a very wide range of local stakeholders both sea and land-side, ranging from Marina and Pontoon operators to local authorities who provide public moorings and also to Restaurants, Pubs, Galleries and Activity Holiday Operators and other service providers in all sectors. Learn more »
The Western Coastline of Ireland is certainly one of the most challenging sections of the Cool Route .
This Summer, in aid of the ChildVision Charity beginning May 2016, Gary ‘Ted’ Sargent, a sailor from Dublin, will attempt to single-handedly sail a 13-foot dinghy around the entire coastline of Ireland, starting and finishing in Schull, Co. Cork. To support this worthy cause, please visit http://www.onewildride.ie/