Plane sailing in rough seas

Is it a barge? Or is it a plane? Actually, it's both.

Residents living near Enniscrone beach in County Sligo in Ireland could be forgiven their disbelief upon seeing a 50-tonne Boeing 767 floating down the Atlantic Ocean.

It turns out that there was a simple explanation. The 50m-long decommissioned Russian aircraft travelled by barge up the west coast of Ireland because of one man - funeral director and businessman David McGowan.

He plans to use the plane for a "glamping village". Glamping - a word combining glamour and camping - is used to describe an emerging trend for camping in luxury.

The plane was pulled ashore on Saturday, after an arduous 36-hour journey by sea from Shannon Airport.

Mr McGowan plans to convert the 767 fuselage into eight bedrooms. The glamping complex will also include disused double-decker buses, train carriages and London cabs.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 09, 2016, with the headline 'Plane sailing in rough seas'. Print Edition | Subscribe