VIDEO: Dramatic drone footage takes Wild Atlantic Way to new heights
One man and his drone
Filmmaker Raymond Fogarty has travelled the entire length of the Wild Atlantic Way, capturing sensational footage in the process.
The footage, filmed with the support of Fáilte Ireland over an epic 2,500km journey last summer, shows off Ireland's west coast to breathtaking effect.
“It was a different kind of undertaking," Fogarty says.
"It was a voyage of discovery, a 2,500km Irish journey on the road and in the sky. The longest defined road trip on the planet, and I was going!”
Fogarty, whose company AirCam Ireland provides aerial video and photography, used a drone and a GoPro camera to capture footage ranging from Kinsale to Malin Head.
Fáilte Ireland supported Fogarty's film because aerial video is "a great fit" for travel videos, it says. It also organised post production with Dublin-based bigOmedia, and in return has been using the footage to promote the Wild Atlantic Way at home and overseas.
Drones are small, remote controlled devices that can fly carrying video cameras, enabling their controllers to capture birds’ eye footage.
The Wild Atlantic Way, said to be the world's longest defined coastal touring route, recently won a National Impact Award at the 2015 Community and Council Awards.
Hosted by the Local Authority Members Association (LAMA) in association with IPB Insurance, the award recognises projects that have a positive effect on the nation as a whole.
The route was launched last April, and developed by Fáilte Ireland at a cost of €10 million. It has garnered huge publicity overseas, and there are plans to develop it further in 2015.
“I have no doubt that this project will prove to be a game-changer for tourism in the west and will lure ever greater numbers of visitors to Ireland," said Fáilte Ireland CEO Shaun Quinn, who accepted the National Impact Award on behalf of the Wild Atlantic Way project.
You can find out more about Raymond Fogarty and AirCam Ireland on Facebook here, and plan your journey on the Wild Atlantic Way at www.wildatlanticway.com.
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