A greenway is a dedicated cycle & walking path linking places to one another. They may be newly planned and developed but usually they are redeveloped from existing routes such as old railway lines which are no longer in use. To date, there are very few dedicated 'greenways' in Ireland, but thankfully, this is changing as local people see their benefit for recreational use and their potential for developing eco-tourism in the region and for the safety of local and visiting cyclists and walkers alike.
The Great Western Greenway is suitable for cyclists, walkers and hikers. It extends for 42 kms from the town of Westport to within a kilometre of Achill Sound and passing through stunning countryside and the attractive villages of Newport and Mulranny along the way. I cycled the entire route and loved it! Click here for more information.
The Great Southern Trail is a greenway based on the route of the Limerick to Tralee/Fenit railway line which closed in the 1970's. Today, 36 kms of the route linking the towns of Rathkeale, Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick are open for walkers, hikers and cyclists. It passes through beautiful countryside. Click here for more information.
Hopefully in the not too distant future, we will see greenways throughout Ireland, and so be able to cycle or walk in safety while admiring our beautiful landscape.
- St. Francis