Potential tourists can explore Powerscourt Waterfall through Google Street View tool
YOU CAN NOW EXPLORE the beauty of Powerscourt without having to leave the comfort of your armchair, thanks to Google Street View.
The estate is one of the many tourist attractions on Google’s online panoramic mapping service which gives users a street level view and allows them to virtually explore a destination.
Other attractions on the service include Dublin Zoo, Rock of Cashel and Aviva Stadium.
‘Ireland is known for its fabulous scenery and our landscape is dotted with historic monuments such as Powerscourt Waterfall. We wanted to show as much of it as possible so we got out the Street View Trike and started pedalling to add to our collection of Irish imagery. We think it will be a really great boost to Irish tourism that visitors to Ireland will now be able to whet their appetite before arriving on our shores,’ said John Herlihy, Google. Shaun Quinn, CEO of Fáilte Ireland said that the vast majority of potential visitors research and plan their holidays through the internet. ‘ You are either online or unknown,’ he said.
Google’s Street View Trike started collecting the street level imagery of some of Ireland’s top tourist destinations and historic monuments last September.
The 18 stone mechanical masterpiece comprises three bicycle wheels, a mounted Street View camera and a specially decorated box containing image collecting gadgetry. It comes replete with a very athletic cyclist in customised Google apparel. (The specially trained super fit Google employees and contractors who ride the Trikes wear Google cycle helmets and clothing). The Trike collects images from destinations where it is not possible for the Street View car to drive.
As Google only collects images from public roads it has worked closely with the relevant organisations to collect the images. As with all Street View driving, faces and licence plates will be blurred if either have been captured by the Trike in these locations.
Powerscourt is a huge tourist attraction.