Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Point
Stories of Marconi Wireless Station and of the first air crossing of the Atlantic by Alcock & Brown have been brought to life for visitors. The Derrigimlagh site, Connemara, Co, Galway is one of the key 15 Signature Discovery Points along the route of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Less than 10 minutes from our hotel, The Derrigimlagh site was the setting for two outstanding technological achievements of the 20th century: the Marconi Wireless Station, the world’s first commercial transatlantic wireless station in 1907; and twelve years later (in 1919) when Alcock and Brown landed on the site marking the first nonstop, trans-Atlantic flight.
It is said that history was made not once but twice at this rugged outpost overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, that history and what is currently a curiosity is a ‘must-visit’ destination along Ireland’s newest attraction, the Wild Atlantic Way. This new touring route is already proving popular with visitors from home and overseas.
The Derrigimlagh Discovery Point includes a purpose built car and coach park facility with a significant sculpture to celebrate the world’s first transatlantic flight in the car park. Other developments include a picnic area and a looped walk on existing bog road with six key stops providing opportunities for visitors to engage first hand with the stories of the site including the unique landscape and flora and fauna.