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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Fingal beauty spots to be put on the map by Google technology

Malahide Castle, Co Dublin is one of the spots featured
Malahide Castle, Co Dublin is one of the spots featured

beauty spots around north Co Dublin are being put in the spotlight as part of a Failte Ireland initiative in conjunction with Google.

Using the search giant's trekker technology, a team from the tourism body have been travelling around some of Fingal's most impressive scenic spots to capture images that will then be made available on Google Maps.

Howth Head and Lambay Island were among the first stops to be filmed.

In the coming weeks the team will also visit Malahide Castle, Newbridge House and Skerries Mills. Ardgillan Castle will also feature.

The trekker technology allows the team to strap on backpack-style camera equipment that will capture images in places not access- ible by car.

The footage will be edited by Google staff and made available early next year.

DESTINATION It is hoped that the initiative will allow people to see what Dublin has to offer as a travel destination outside the city limits.

The project, which is called the Dublin Experience, will also capture scenes from other areas around the county, including Dollymount Strand and Sandycove.

"We are delighted to be able to showcase some of the lesser-seen sights of Dublin to potential holidaymakers around the world and re- inforce Dublin's image as a city which is much more than just a city," said Daragh Anglim, of Failte Ireland.

Meanwhile, in another boost for tourism in Fingal, a Swords Heritage Trail audio map is now available via an app or to stream for free.

The walk takes visitors in a circular route around the town and explores the history of the area.

The guide can be accessed via the Guidigo App or can be downloaded free from abarta- audioguides.com

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