A scenic drive is to be established along the West coast of the country, marketed as the "Wild Atlantic drive".

Beginning at Donegal’s Slieve League cliffs right down to the bottom of West Cork. It would encompass the coastlines of counties Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Limerick and Kerry, giving them all equal opportunity to impress travellers along the way.

The organised drive route would take in tourist hotspots such as The Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Achill Island and picturesque Dingle.

“It will be for people that are looking for that rugged, authentic Irish experience, the Ireland that at one stage –before America was discovered- was considered the end of the World” Fáilte Ireland’s Alex Connelly said.

It is believed to rival such iconic drives as the Pacific Coast highway on America’s West side. The proposed plans for the Atlantic drive come as Fáilte Ireland announce that more Irish people are taking ‘staycations’ or home-holidays and that they will reflect this is in their work. They also envisage a jump in visitors from the USA and mainland Europe.