Inchydoney scores high in world’s top ten shorelines

Posted on: 8th November, 2016

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

A leading psychologist and influential travel blogger have teamed up with Royal Caribbean International to scientifically prove which countries can lay claim to the world’s greatest shorelines. Inchydoney, located on the south coast of Cork, was rated a fantastic number five out of the ten top shorelines in the world.

The formula takes into account elements such as, Clarity of the Horizon (CH); Sea Colour (SC); Sand Quality (SQ), Cleanliness (C), Interesting Features (IF), Air Quality (AQ) and the Weather (W).

Laila Swann, known to her huge online following as Laila Loves, was named the UK Top Travel Blogger in the Blogger Awards in 2015 and plays a starring role in her families’ YouTube channel ‘ that has more than 275,000 subscribers.

The United Arab Emirates’ Dubai stole the top spot in Laila’s eclectic list based on her broad travel experience followed by Blackpool coming a close second.

The iconic architecture in the Middle Eastern paradise of Dubai caused the destination to score highly with the Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab highlighted as its most interesting shoreline features; this, combined with its tropical desert climate and crystal clear seas, pushed it into the top spot.

The list is not without controversy and some may be surprised to see the UK’s Blackpool coming a close second to the holiday hotspot of Dubai, but Blackpool scored highly for its clean and clear Blue Flag beaches and interesting features such as the famous Blackpool Tower, with only the British weather keeping Blackpool from the number one slot. While Blackpool came second on the list of the world’s top ten shorelines, Inchydoney, County Cork, a Blue Flag status beach with beautiful sea views, was close to the mark scoring in the top five.

Swann said “I’ve used Dr Holmes’ report and the science behind the equation to identify the top ten shorelines in the world and having travelled to Dubai in March this year, I can certainly vouch for its sensational shoreline. Brits should be proud to see Blackpool come second to such an iconic destination!”

Dr Holmes said: “While this formula may not account for every eventuality, the top ten hopefully helps holidaymakers identify the shorelines which are, scientifically, most impactful. All countries have good and bad shorelines; however some are stunning in their unpretentious beauty combined with iconic features. Shorelines such as Dubai in UAE score well across all elements of the formula, whilst others such as Inchydoney in Ireland offer wonderful experiences with the added benefit of attracting smaller crowds. Cruise ships can offer one of the best ways to enjoy these shorelines as the height gives a superior view point and shows off many of the elements which make up the formula to their best advantage.”

Stuart Leven, Royal Caribbean’s Managing Director of UK and Ireland said: “Our customers are increasingly putting the destination at the heart of their cruise holiday and the views of shorelines are a big factor when it comes to deciding which cruise to book.”

Leven continued: “I’m happy to say we do offer holidays that take in a number of those destinations listed within Laila’s top ten, including ‘Vision of the Seas’ based in Dubai this winter, but I’m not sure whether we have any plans to introduce a new route via Blackpool just yet, lovely as it is!”

A spokesperson from DP World Cruise Terminal in Dubai said: “We were delighted to hear that Dubai’s stunning shoreline been listed as the world’s number one seascape. The view of the city as you come in by sea is unique and it’s wonderful that this has been recognised.”

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