WATCH: Wild Atlantic Way virtual reality and 360° videos open to the public

The videos allow people to surfing and climb sea stacks

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It has been announced that virtual reality (VR) experiences along the Wild Atlantic Way can now be accessed publicly.

They can be seen and downloaded through apps or on desktops.

Fáilte Ireland has also unveiled its new 360° views of the initiative, which it says add another level of immersion when visitors research the destination.

The tourism body recently piloted VR as a potential sales tool at ITB Berlin - one of the world's largest tourism trade fairs.

It saw 10,000 exhibitors from 187 countries and territories, with some 100,000 international trade visitors and members of the public in attendance.

Following these demonstrations, Fáilte Ireland are now giving everyone the chance to view the experiences for themselves.

A number of activities (such as surfing under the Cliffs of Moher, sea stack climbing and beach horse riding) are now all available on virtual reality apps - including LittleStar and Samsung Milk VR.

The experiences can also be viewed in 360° videos, which allow viewers to tap, click or drag the video to change their viewing angle.

While each signature point on the Wild Atlantic Way map can also now be viewed from an overhead satellite, and rotated with a mouse or keyboard.

Fáilte Ireland says the first of the 360° videos promoted publicly - Surfing at the Cliffs of Moher - has generated 150,000 views.

The VR and 360° experiences were filmed earlier this year using a combination of drone, custom built mounted back packs, and go-pro equipment.

Fáilte Ireland also plans to integrate VR experiences and 360° views across their tourist office network.