Fáilte Ireland has approved funding of €1.9m for Connemara National Park, which will be used to construct a new outdoor recreational experience.
The funding was announced by Minister of State for Gaeilge, the Gaeltacht and the Islands Seán Kyne, T.D. As part of the event, Minister Kyne also raised the Green Flag which was recently awarded to the National Park and planted an oak tree with members of Criost Linn Ability West.
The funding will facilitate the development of 10.5km of new trails, a children’s natural play area, visitor carpark at Mweelin and a new Lime Kiln Trail to enhance access to more areas of the National Park. The project, when completed, will allow visitors to explore higher level walking and hiking providing greater access to five of the Park’s mountains including Binn Bhán, the highest mountain in Co. Galway.
The project is part of Fáilte Ireland’s strategic partnership with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’s National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to achieve the aims of further developing quality visitor experiences at Ireland’s National Parks while conserving and protecting the natural environment for the enjoyment of future generations.
Minister Kyne said: “Using the funding to create experiences such as the Lime Kiln Trail, we will provide a unique trail experience showcasing the Park’s cultural heritage. With investment in new experiences like this we hope to give local people and visitors alike more choice while also better managing visitor numbers so that we can protect our wonderful habitats and encourage sustainable and responsible tourism.”