Earlier this year, the famous and much-loved broadcaster Micheál O Muircheartaigh launched the upgraded Lough Derg Way and at the time he commented that “you have this wonderful asset near you, it’s no good having an asset near you unless people know about it”.
National Trails day this Sunday, October 2, is your opportunity to get to know your local walks and whether you’re an ambler or a rambler, North Tipperary Trails Group has organised a series of guided walks to choose from. With miles and miles of trails to explore, there is a trail to suit everyone. North Tipperary Trails Group, in conjunction with local communities have organised a series of walks, all of which will be guided by an experienced leader and are suitable for all standards of walkers.
The choice of walks, as well as the improvement and development of walks in North Tipperary, has progressed year-on-year, through the collaborative work of the North Tipperary Trails Group, which is made up of representatives from agencies such as North Tipperary LEADER, North Tipperary County Council, Shannon Development and the Rural Recreation Officer for Tipperary. Community groups, Coillte, FÁS, the Rural Social Scheme and land owners throughout the county have also played an important role in this process.
According to Ruairi Deane, tourism product development executive with Shannon Development and chair of the North Tipperary Trails Group, “walking is not just an amenity for locals but is also an important attractor for tourists to the county. Walking and hiking is by far the most popular outdoor activity for overseas visitors to Ireland. The North Tipperary Trails Group will continue to work to develop and promote the walking product in North Tipperary in order to grow its contribution to the county’s tourism economy.”
To find out more about the variety of walks in the county visit www.shannonregiontrails.ie
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star