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


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


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Ranked as the Most Adventurous Cruising Route in the World

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 to Tromso, in Western Norway.

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, now entering its final phase has successfully delivered all of its objectives. Click links below to see more.

  • 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 Route Information and Booking System is fully operational and enterprises are invited to continue self-registrations here 
  • The Cool Route Video Channel is operational and provides a great overview of the route
  • A promotional video for the entire route is currently in production and will be available soon for release
  • Wide dissemination of the project has been achieved with over 2,000 followers on its Facebook and Twitter  Platforms
  • Plans and arrangements are now in place for the continuation of the work of the project after September 2018. The project will be making public announcements on these developments within the next six months. This may involve an extension of the Route into the North Sea and Baltic  Sea, incrementally upgrading our role in marketing all 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.

Some helpful references for sailors


Consult a Navionics Chart to view all areas of the route

The Cool 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