Promoting Wicklow to the far ends of the earth
Seven leading Australian travel writers visited Wicklow recently, as guests of Tourism Ireland.
Representing a news agency and various publications (like The West Australian newspaper and Australian Traveller magazine), with a combined reach of over 3.5 million people - or potential Australian holidaymakers - the journalists were here to experience at first-hand some of the many things to see and do in Wicklow, for feature stories they are planning to write about holidays here.
The group kicked off their visit with a film location trail of Hollywood village, before taking the scenic drive over the Wicklow Gap - the location used in many well-known films, such as Excalibur, Braveheart and PS I Love You. Then, it was on to Glendalough for a guided tour, followed by lunch in The Wicklow Heather restaurant, in nearby Laragh village. Their action-packed itinerary, designed by Fáilte Ireland, also included a guided tour of Kilruddery House in Bray - which featured in The Count of Monte Cristo and was the location for many productions like The Tudors and Camelot.
Diane Butler, Tourism Ireland's manager in Australia, said: 'For many of the group, it was their first time here and they were extremely impressed by the spectacular scenery of Wicklow, the variety of things to see and do, as well as by the hospitality and friendliness of the people they met.'