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Google Street release scenic Clare views

Tuesday, August 12 10:15:04

Google Street View has just released a new collection of scenic images of County Clare as part of their Trekker Loan programme.

Google's Street View Trekker Loan is a programme that invites organisations to help collect imagery of hard to reach places across the globe.

Boasting some award-winning walks and trails, Clare has become an increasingly popular destination for tourists both from home and away. To capture the county's most beautiful and unique sights, Google teamed up with the Clare Local Development Company, the first organisation to partner with Google on the Trekker Loan programme in Ireland, so that people can now explore these picturesque trails from their phone, tablet or computer.

Taking in one of Ireland's most famous landscapes, the Cliffs of Moher trail is a 12 kilometre Atlantic coastal walk linking the towns of Liscannor to Doolin using roadways and skirting along cliff-top pathways. Now, people can use Street View to view the route for themselves, even taking in the local flora and fauna, including a colony of seabirds such as puffins and guillemots.

Other loop walks, farm tracks and sandy paths to be captured include the Lough Avalla Loop through a working farm of sheep, goats and cattle, the Ballycuggeran Loop overlooking the beautiful Lough Derg, the O'Brien's Bridge trail of canal towpaths and riverbanks, as well as the Carran Loop through the village of Carron and the Blackhead trail. Eoin Hogan, Rural Recreation Officer for Clare Local Development Company and Project Leader said, "County Clare has arguably some the best, and most varied, trails on offer of any county in Ireland. Our motivation for getting involved in the Google Trekker Loan programme was to be able to showcase our stunning native landscape and inspire a wider audience to come and visit the county's trail for themselves."

"Over the period of three weeks and 46 kilometres, we collected 21 hours, or 1,260 minutes of footage from six key trails. The project was a joint effort made possible by the help of many local farmers who provided access to their land, Clare County Council, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Failte Ireland and Shannon Development."

Interested 'Trekkers' apply to borrow Google's Trekker equipment so that they can help capture stunning panoramic images of some of the world's most amazing locations as they travel. This pilot programme is currently available in certain countries only, including Ireland.

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