Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Plans for a new Blueway between the lakes of Mayo and Galway are at the planning stages.

Blueways are a network of stunning trails running on and alongside Ireland’s most idyllic lakes, canals and rivers. They take you into the heart of Ireland’s most unspoiled landscapes by canoe, bike or on foot. As you meander through inspiring, picturesque vistas, soak in the charming rural atmosphere and explore life at a different pace.

A feasibility study is to be completed into the development requirements and economic potential of the Blueway which will be developed between Galway and Mayo.

Galway County Council is currently seeking tenders for the feasibility study which will explore the idea of developing the Blueway from Lough Mask in Mayo to Galway Bay along Lough Corrib and its associated waterways and canal networks. It will also include the development potential for water sports in a five to ten-kilometer zone inland.

The study will look at a gap analysis between existing facilities and requirements of the Blueway, analysis of the potential economic and societal benefits and proposals for capital investment in the local authorities of Galway City, Galway County and Mayo County Council to build the Blueway.

Similar Blueways have already been developed at Lough Derg, on the River Shannon and in Mullingar and Shannon-Erne.

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