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Boyne Blueway, Trim #

Located in and flowing through the picturesque heritage town of Trim, the Boyne Blueway Trim is a beautiful stretch of the River Boyne which flows from Trim to Bective Mill. With a length of 8kms it can be paddled in 2.5 to 3 hours and is suitable for dabblers & those with a little bit more paddling ability. This is phase one of the Boyne Blueway Trim development.

Having geared up at Boyne Valley Activity Centre, the Boyne Blueway experience begins by paddling along by the back of Trim Castle which is all the more impressive from the water and out past the beautiful Newtown Abbey and the Priory of St John the Baptist.  Enjoy the calm and serenity of the Boyne, paddling past btheRathnally Mill and House. This was built in the early 18th century for one of the Carters who fought on the winning side at the Battle of the Boyne.

Problem addressed #

Blueway can help to grow tourism, jobs and the local economy by encouraging visitors to linger a little longer in the Boyne. The official accreditation of Blueways responds to this growing public demand for quality outdoor infrastructure close to water and nature. It will ensure Blueways will be a magnet for visitors and local residents seeking high-quality outdoor experiences.

Objectives & implementation #

The Blueway was developed by Meath County Council in partnership with a number of organisations including Meath Local Sports Partnership, Canoeing Ireland, Boyne Valley Tourism, Trim Canoe Club, Boyne Valley Activities, OPW along with local landowners and supported by Fáilte Ireland. The Boyne Blueway is in line with accreditation criteria and Blueways are now considered best in class destinations for water based and water side activities.

The official accreditation of Blueways responds to this growing public demand for quality outdoor infrastructure close to water and nature. It will ensure Blueways will be a magnet for visitors and local residents seeking high-quality outdoor experiences.

Stakeholders #

Tourism industry, communities and people interested in sport activities, tourists.

Timescale #

From 01/06/2022 and is currently ongoing.

Fields of application #

Building tourism infrastructure.

Transferability #

The concept is easily transferable, however investment is required to realize the projects.

Impact & Results #

Opening up the outdoors is a key strategic priority for Fáilte Ireland, and these accredited Blueways are another outstanding addition to the portfolio of outdoor activity infrastructure. They will tap into domestic and international activity and leisure tourism markets, reaping economic for their local regions and other locations around the country as more Blueways receive accreditation.

Blueways positively change the relationship between local communities and their waterscape by creating active engagement and participation, as well as business opportunities which local communities and tourists can all enjoy.

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