The release of the Offline Tourist Tablet is an exciting innovation for Achill merging the historic way of life on the island with the digital age and making the beautiful island more accessible than ever.
Offline tourist tablet – what is it?
The Offline Tourist Tablets offer a digital, self-guided tour of the island allowing visitors to explore the history and beauty of Achill at their own pace. Best of all, no internet connection is required!
The user-friendly tablets are preloaded with information on the sights and focal points of the Achill Parish and are available from the Achill Experience visitor centre in Crumpaun.
Visitors can pick up a tablet and learn about Achill’s history from detailed, local accounts, and when they’re finished, simply drop the tablet back. It’s that easy!
The Offline Tourist Tablet promises to be an important addition to the tourist attractions of the area, allowing Achill's cultural heritage to be shared with a wider audience than ever before.
“It’s a wonderful thing for Achill, Mayo and Ireland” Gerry Quinn said. The President of the Mayo Cleveland Association added that he “could not believe the transformation in the space of a year.”
Speaking at the launch, Senator Rose Conway Walsh noted how important it was for both tourists and as a facility to the island.
“This is a journey and it’s a privilege for me to be part of this journey from concept stage to launch of the Achill Experience, to today with the launch of the tourist tablet as well”, said Senator Conway Walsh. When asked who should come to visit the Achill Experience Senator Conway Walsh responded, “Everyone should come to visit but it will be a huge attraction for families on rainy days and particularly suited to children with special needs”.
The Achill Experience is developing
The lack of an indoor facility was identified as a huge disadvantage in the area. Bad weather made exploring the island very difficult. Now based in the all-weather visitor centre, The Achill Experience includes Mayo’s first aquarium.
With two themed salt water tanks and an open touch tank so visitors can get close to the action with the local sea life! Retired policeman and local “Aquarist” Tomy Honeyman is on hand to impart all his local knowledge to each and every visitor on the types of fish in the aquarium. His top tip? “Watch out for the scallops, you might get a little surprise.”
A re-built Deserted Village Boley House, common to Achill throughout the 18th and 19th Centuries, allows visitors to step back in time to the famine era. With displays and storyboards containing local information, learning about Achill’s rich cultural history has never so engaging.
Stage One Completed
The release of the Offline Tourist Tablet has been made possible by the software expertise of Stubborn Goats Creative Services and funding from Údarás na Gaeltachta. It completes the first phase of the Achill Experience initiative.
The Achill Experience Visitor Centre is open from 10am to 5pm every day, and can be found in the Achill Local Development Company (CFAA) building in Crumpaun, Keel, Achill, Co. Mayo. Bookings can be made on 098 43292, or by visting http://www.acaill.com/ for more information.
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