Find Lakelands Treasures in an App! A treasure hunt, a photo game, a heritage guide!
Published: 5th February 2014
Waterways Ireland, in partnership with Fáilte Ireland and the Midland Regional Authority, under the Lakelands & Inland Waterways banner, today launched a new free ‘Lakeland Treasures’ app for the iphone, at Belvedere House, Gardens and Park in Mullingar.
The new free ‘Lakeland Treasures’ iphone app is a unique approach to the family market, offering free family fun while highlighting the excellent range of heritage attractions the Lakelands region has to offer.
Established as a pilot, it is the intention to extend the Lakeland Treasures app to include over 100 heritage attractions across the region. A photo treasure hunt, Lakeland Treasures is a family fun way to explore 10 of the Midlands best known heritage attractions including the world renowned Clonmacnoise, Athlone Castle, Strokestown House, Emo Court & Ardagh Heritage Village.
Commenting at the launch in Belvedere House, Fáilte Ireland’s Colm Breheny said:
“Research has shown that two in every three of our visitors will visit a heritage site or visitor attraction during their stay in Ireland. With the phenomenal growth in the use of mobile technology this Lakeland Treasures app will ensure that visitors to the area will have at hand all the information needed to make their visit both enjoyable and memorable.
This was a joint initiative between ourselves, Waterways Ireland and the Midland Regional authority - under the Lakelands & Inland Waterways banner – together with County Councils in Laois, Longford, Offaly, Roscommon & Westmeath who played a key role in the development and delivery of the app in conjunction with the developer Nimble Tours. I wish to thank everyone for their effort in producing what we hope will become the number one tool for visitors to the Midlands.”
Start anywhere in the Lakelands and the app will take you to the nearest attractions. With clues, hints, and a secret to be revealed at the end, it is fun for all the family, young and old. The guide section gives the family just enough information on the key heritage features and their beauty to enhance their visit to the Lakelands. The app links to places to eat, stay, and other attractions by closest proximity, ensuring you and the family are never without fun, entertainment or hospitality even without wifi cover!
Lakeland Treasures is free to download from the app store.