Step in the right direction: St Kevin’s Way included in walks scheme
Wicklow tourism and landowners have both been given a boost with the news that St Kevin’s Way has been included in the State’s expanded Walks Scheme.
The scheme, which is run by the Department of Rural and Community Development, currently covers 39 trails, involving 1,962 landowners and farmers nationwide.
“My colleague Minister Michael Ring confirmed to me that the expansion of the Walks Scheme to 10 extra walks will includes Kevin’s Way in Wicklow,” Fine Gael TD Andrew Doyle said.
“This expansion reflects the success of the scheme to date in delivering high quality walking trails and follows the Government’s commitment to double the number of trails in the scheme over time.”
Although it is 30km long, the section of St Kevin’s Way covered by the scheme covers 2.5km and includes five landowners.
The scheme contracts the landowners and farmers to undertake maintenance work on sections of National Waymarked Ways and other priority walks that traverse their lands.
“Walking tourism has huge potential and can deliver real dividends to local hotels, BBs, restaurants, pubs and shops,” Mr Doyle added.
“Last year alone, almost 2.7m overseas visitors to Ireland engaged in some form of cross-country walking or hiking.
“One in four of people doing a ‘staycation’ here in Ireland included walking or hiking as part of their holiday.
“The inclusion of St Kevin’s Way in this scheme is great news for local tourism and economic development.”