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“Park at the gate and walk in to the Alcock & Brown landing site”

Alcock and Brown Landing Site
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Owner description: The site where John Alcock and Arthur Brown landed following their historic cross-Atlantic flight in 1919.
Reviewed 9 November 2010

Oct 6, 2010

On the left side of the R341 we found the pictured signs for the Alcock and Brown landing site and the Marconi Radio Station. The single lane road past the gate had numerous water filled potholes and the occasional sheep. When we finally reached a point wide enough where we could turn around we did so, never reaching the “egg”. Yes, unless you have four wheel drive leave your car at the gate and walk in.

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"wireless transmission"
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"great walk"
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"piece of history"
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"brave men"
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Reviewed 8 September 2010

If you would like to contemplate the achievements of early aviation pioneers and get a feel for where these guys landed then this visit is worthwhile. We were touring the west of Ireland and arrived in Clifden with this as one of our things to see and do.

We drove south on the R341, on the look out for signposts for the landing site and saw a typical 'tourist attraction' brown sign pointing left down a small road shortly after passing by a narrow bridge about 5minutes drive from Clifden. This we duly followed for about 500meters before encountering a gate blocking the road. We saw another car parked on the side and thought had to walk the rest of the journey along a rough road - for about 20 minutes to the landing site.

When we arrived at the 'cairn' - an egg shaped concerete marker, it had a sign pointing left that said 'landing site 500 meters'. This site was accessable through bogland and we decided to turn back after getting wet in th soft terrain.

Arriving by car back to the main road (R341) we saw another sign pointing to the opposite direction (to the right driving from Clifden) again up a smaller road which said 'Alcock and Brown Monument'. This was a white finger sign. A 3minute drive took us uphill to a panoramic, beautiful view of the area and described just how short a distance from the coast A &B decided to land. Here you will find an imposing limestone-cut aircraft tail fin pointing in the direction of the 'cairn' we had walked to earlier.

We were disappointed that the access to the actual landing site was not more developed. There wasn't even a sign post or information plaque describing the area, how far the site was from the gate and were were unsure whether we allowed to drive past the gate or walk into the site.

Given this seminal achievement in transatlantic history and the new world it symbolised, it is truly a shame that this location is not more developed. If you are short on time turn right 5 minutes from Clifden up to the tail fin, if you have more time turn left and visit the landing site but make sure you wear waterproof foorwear.

By the way, I would imagine finding the signposts for the side roads driving in the opposite direction would be more difficult. In particular the landing site sign. The white finger sign to the monument might be easier to see however.

3  Thank Rustic_Bridge
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Reviewed 23 August 2009

You drive along and see a small sign indicating the Landing Site to one side (and a ways up, the actual monument to the other side. ) So you drive down a muddy road for nearly a mile, stopping to open and close gates as to not let sheep out. It's so very Irish! Once you reach the site you wonder "is this all there is?" and yes, that is it. It's also a but disconcerting as someone has a stable nearby. That being said, it's very interesting to see the actual landing site, and how close it is to the first international wireless transmission as well. You are basically out in the middle of a muddy field, but I suppose that is also what they saw when they did land all those many years ago, so there is something very realistic about the experience. Go, but be prepared to not see anything other than a large white "thing" and the wireless monument. And don't be thrown off by the road leading up - it is the right way.

3  Thank jyo_nyc
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Reviewed 4 March 2004

This site, and the closely neighbouring Marconi transmitter station site, are in the care of Duchas, the Irish government heritage organisation. To say that the sites are under-interpreted is understatement. Both hold huge interest for the inquiring visitor, but after trudging about a mile across a rough path on a boiling hot day (yes, Ireland has some!) we found there is absolutely nothing to explain anything about either site. So much of two of the most important 20th century developments (transatlantic flight and transatlantic communications) is right here on a few compact acres, and yet Ducas makes zero effort for the tourists who are so important to Ireland's economy. A huge disappointment. Don't go without visiting the small museum in Clifden first.

13  Thank UK-EastAngle
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