Greystones Hosts Round Ireland Boats
Tourism Figures on Track for over 3,000 Visitors to Greystones Marina in 2014
(Friday 27th June 2014). This week Greystones Marina is hosting a number of 60 and 70 foot yachts as they provision their boats for the Round Ireland race, feeding and watering the local and international crews from local shops. The marina has the deepest marina berths on the East Coast of Ireland and is capable of accommodating large boats and yachts up to 100 feet. Local councillors came to give the racing boats a welcome.
Alan Corr, Marina Manager from Greystones Harbour Marina said “the biggest and best racing boats in the world are moored today in Greystones harbour and marina as they await their entry into this year’s ‘Round Ireland race. We are expecting 4 to 5 boats to provision for the race out of Greystones and so far we have a Volvo 70 and a 60 footer loading food and water for the arduous race.”
It’s not just the big racing yachts that visit. In its first year of operation, Greystones Marina saw over 2,000 visitors arrive in more than 600 boats, bringing much valued tourism to the area. This year it is estimated that at least 3,000 visitors will stay in the marina and frequent the town, as figures are on track to hit 1,000 visiting boats. In addition to these 3,000 tourists arriving by boat, many multiples of that number visit their friends and family to enjoy the marina and the town of Greystones, travelling either by car or dart.
Since the marina opened in 2013, visitors have come from Wales, England, Scotland, France, Holland, Belgium, Scandinavia and 2 boats even made the trip from the US with another 70 footer, booked to visit Greystones next month.
“Our foreign visitors, talk favourably about the peaceful surroundings of Greystones with the beautiful views of the Wicklow Mountains and the easy access to a thriving town. They love the ambiance of Greystones, the huge variety of good restaurants, coffee shops, bars and retail outlets, all within an easy stroll of the marina, making it such an attractive place to stay. I even saw a family from Wales recently load their boat with flowers and plants from a local florist. It isn’t usual for these tourists to get this quality and variety of services so close to a great marina,” Alan added.
The marina brings a lot of business in tourism trade to the town. The recent May bank holiday weekend brought in 32 boats with an average of 3 to 4 people on each boat. For the June Bank holiday the marina polled each of the 44 boats that visited and nearly 400 people (398) visited Greystones from all over Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Of the 6 Welsh boats that visited earlier in the month, three stayed for two weeks and the other three for a week. Two of them have already booked to come back to Greystones next month, they had such a great experience.
Local Greystones Councillor, Gerry Walsh welcomed the Round Ireland race boats at the Marina today and said that “I am delighted that so many visitors are now coming to Greystones by sea. It is great to see these spectacular boats in Greystones today and even better to hear that the marina is thriving and attracting huge numbers of tourists who are visiting the town. The marina is the catalyst in bringing over 3,000 tourists to Greystones this year that otherwise would not be here. The tourism value of the marina as it grows and develops will continue to give a fantastic tourism benefit to the town. This is what we need in Greystones – proper tourist facilities to showcase our town to the world. The green park area will be open to the public soon and the rest of the development is on track. Greystones already rates as one of the best marinas in Europe and will certainly be the best on the East coast of Ireland.”
Visitors coming to the marina have easy access to the airport via the Aircoach service, easy access to Dublin city via the DART and bus and a great car rental service by Enterprise Rent-A-Car as they pick up and drop off back to the Marina when you are finished with your car. Alan said that “we had one family spend a week with us and used their new Greystones base to tour around the south of Ireland for a few days.”