Those who live in West Cork have known about it for a long time, even before it was given a name. The effect is almost immediate, even when you are new to the area. It was a factor when we decided to resettle at Ballynoe House and have our lives take a different course. The Wild Atlantic Way Effect is discussed in an editorial by the Independent newspaper:
“When you’re exposed to the elements and the full force of the Atlantic Ocean, you learn to take things as they come. There’s a quietness to be found when you’re out walking on the Wild Atlantic Way. You find it in the detail, the sound of the wind on the bog, the waves crashing on the shore or a gull on the wing. There’s a sublimity in the scale of the untamed beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way and it makes you feel like you’re alive.
Conversationally, everyone knows how reinvigorating and refreshing the Wild Atlantic Way can be but we decided to test it with the help of science. Throughout my stay on the Wild Atlantic Way, I wore a device to monitor my stress levels to finally prove that this special place is the best antidote to the structures and routine of modern living. The calming effect of the Wild Atlantic Way is well known and I set out to prove it. The real Wild Atlantic Way effect.”
We look forward to guests at Ballynoe House sharing this experience.