An embalmer from Enniscrone, Co. Sligo, Ireland, has moved a Boeing 767 aeroplane from Shannon runway to Enniscrone beach, and intends to convert it into luxury glamping accommodation. David McGowan took delivery of the 159ft plane on 8 May following 36 hours at sea, transported by barge.
Speaking to Today FM, Ireland, McGowan said: “I have a 15 acre site of marshy field and I was wondering what I could do with it. Whatever I was going to do with it had to be tourism because we’re on the Wild Atlantic Way. I looked at different types of accommodation and unusual places to stay and saw that glamping was a modern type of camping that was spreading throughout Europe.
“I then got the idea that I might like a plane. There are so many planes that have been decommissioned so I rang around three different airports and Shannon got back to me.”
The 30 year old Boeing 767 cost £16,000 and will be converted into accommodation for a transport themed glamping village together with 10 buses, three train carriages, four boats and eight London taxis. McGowan is raising money for the project via crowd funding and VOOM, Richard Branson’s annual start-up competition where businesses pitch for a share of a £1million fund.