GPS native apps
We are no longer producing native apps as we focus on our new digital landscape gardening project. The tours below are showcasing what was on offer when we did produce them – an abundance of rich content on heritage and storytelling.
However, we can prepare and create a GPS audio tour that will work for downloading and as a website iFrame, just not as a native app. These previous tours were prepared using a third party platform. Though good, we’re confident that our new platform will transform the user experience.
So while our previous tours are no longer available in the respective app stores, the material can still be played as you’ll see and hear below. Grab a cup of tea and enjoy a host of sites and sounds from around Ireland.
Pride of all – Donegal
Our Donegal App remains our best work showcasing eight different tours of Donegal and its surrounding counties with a colossal 600 points of interest. As our Donegal App Twitter strap-line declared, ‘more than a county, it’s a state of mind, body and soul’.
Go direct to the Donegal App website to see the full eight tours as well as the Bluestack Way mountain trail over 64kms. Read about this epic app’s development over its lifetime getting up to these eight tours: –
- Donegal’s Arts and Heritage
- Donegal’s Activities
- Donegal Bay and Yeats Country *
- Best of Inishowen *
- Best of Ulster
- Donegal’s Greatest ‘shrines’
- Donegal’s Great Outdoors
- Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Gems
As mentioned elsewhere on this site, all material on the Donegal App will be the very first material to be transferred to the Digital Landscape Garden platform when built and available for free.
The Nautical App – Youghal
This was a native app with four audio tours around the coastal town of Youghal in County Cork involving its hidden gems, its heritage trail, a tour along the Blackwater River and the best attractions to visit around the locality.
No longer available as a native app, you can still listen to the wealth of great local voices that bring this exciting seaside town to life in our four iFrames below. Everyone from John Huston to The Dubliners, Shakespeare to Walter Raleigh came here. We know you’ll enjoy the 60 best stories we recorded here.
The Youghal App offered guides to four tours on what to do around Youghal and its environs. It worked on both iPhone and Android devices with ease for free. As with other material, we hope it will go back up to form part of the Digital Landscape Garden in time.
Each guide consisted of an on-screen map, with text, images and audio clips about all the places of interest en route.
The audio clips were entertaining and informative, using local voices to tell visitors about their area; in total there were sixty audio pieces recorded to listen to. Telephone numbers, email addresses and websites of all places mentioned are all contained with a connection to them a click away.
Youghal Heritage Trail
Follow the signposted trail, which takes in 17 points of interest around the town.
Youghal’s Hidden Gems
Blackwater Valley Guide
Youghal is the last port of call for the mighty 104 mile Blackwater river that has come all the way from North Kerry, famously swinging south at the dog leg in Cappaquin.
We won’t be telling you the full story, but as a precursor to any planned boat trip you take with Tony Gallagher, we’ve got a selection of stories from Tony himself, Mick Hackett, Kieran Groeger and Peter O’Connor that will captivate.
A special thanks to these raconteurs for helping to bring the stretch from Yougal to Lismore to life with such aplomb.
This App was made with funding from The Heritage Council.
Youghal’s Nearby Activities
Lest you feel Youghal has nothing but heritage to offer, here’s a selection of the best activities and attractions within 30 kms of the historic town in both Cork and Waterford directions.
This App was made with funding from The Heritage Council.
The Rural App – Roscommon
Our most comprehensive series of audio guides has to be the Real Roscommon Experience. This is a county whose time has come – both in GAA football and in offering a truly authentic slice of rural Ireland.
Enjoy six audio tours via a leisurely bicycle ride around Roscommon Town in the heart of Ireland. This tour has everything from ghost stories to the tale of the Big House, a journey to the bog and why it is such a wonder, a trip around a winding river, a journey to a medieval walled town, a trip around the heritage sites of South Roscommon and a best of Roscommon County:
- Rindoon Looped Trail – the lost town of the Shannon
- South Roscommon Heritage Guide – 22 hidden gems of Roscommon
- Best of Roscommon Guide – all you’ll need to enjoy the county
- Bog, Rock and Lough Trail – exploring the very heart of Ireland
- The Suck Valley Trail – serpent, saints and sinners
- Enchanted Mountain Trail – ghost stories galore
- Mote Park Trail – the Lion and the House
There is nothing quite like this for storytelling and travel combined in perfect harmony. Get started here.
The Poetic App – Yeats Country
Hear the stories as you travel around Yeats Country in the highly regarded Donegal App, Ireland’s most comprehensive smart travel guide. Yes, we know we’re taking poetic licence (as it were!) what with this being on an app already mentioned earlier, but we have a special pride in producing this tour, our first proper GPS audio tour. Call us sentimental!
One of the eight tours on the Donegal App is the Best of Donegal Bay tour. Within that tour is the Yeats Country audio guide, which brings the Sligo/Leitrim area to life by playing audio segments about certain places as you pass through them, on your GPS device.
This GPS audio guide brings you to each and every spot that William Butler Yeats is associated with in Counties Sligo and Leitrim. It tells you about his times there, what inspiration he got from the locations and, of course, we have some of his wonderful poetry narrated for you by talented actors and even the great man himself.
It was designed as a free two-day driving tour, working on MP3-enabled Garmin and TomTom sat nav devices, but also working on iPhones, iPads, Androids as well as Windows Mobile devices.
- Day One takes in Knocknarea, Carrowmore, the Lake Isle of Inishfree and Lough Gill, Parkes Castle and Dromahair.
- Day Two brings you to Glencar lake and waterfall, the mythical site where Diarmaid was betrayed under Ben Bulben, Lissadell House, Drumcliffe where Yeats is buried, Rosses Point and Sligo Town itself.
Please familiarise yourself with the numbered route in advance and ensure you read the directions given where it’s suggested you stop.
All guides are subject to acceptance of our Licence Agreement.
We hope you enjoy them!