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Tuesday 6 December 2016

WATCH: This stunning aerial footage of Mayo's coastline like you've never seen it before on the Wild Atlantic Way

Published 28/03/2016 | 12:54

Ever wondered what Mayo’s coastline looks like from above?

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Technology editor Adrian Weckler recently got his hands on DJI’s new Phantom 4 drone and spent a day trying it out around Elly Bay, an area of scenic beauty a few miles south of Belmullet in Northwest Mayo’s Erris region on the Wild Atlantic Way.

The Mullet peninsula is renowned for its long, beautiful, unspoilt beaches and wild dunes. It has the calm, turquoise Blacksod Bay on one side and a stormy Atlantic ocean on the other. As such, it is a magnet for surfers and windsurfers at home and abroad. It is also home to one of the northwest’s fastest growing aqua adventure sports organisations, WaveSweeper.

The southern tip of the peninsula, Blacksod, hosts the lighthouse from which the D-Day weather signal was sent to Allied forces in June of 1944.

The Phantom 4 drone (€1,599 from DJI.com or Apple.com/ie) has a 12-megapixel camera built in that shoots in HD or 4K resolution. Flying time is around 25 minutes per full charge and it is capable of reaching speeds of up to 72kmph.

Irish aviation regulations provide that drones such as this one must be registered with the Irish Aviation Authority and may not, as a general rule, be flown in urban or built-up areas.

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