Recreation Tourism and Commercial Product Identification Study for the Grand Canal Rural and the Royal Canal Rural

Background:

The Grand Canal and Royal Canal were developed in the latter part of the 18th century as a transport link between Dublin and the Shannon River. The canals traverse Ireland’s Midlands which is largely rural. This study on the Grand Canal Rural and the Royal Canal Rural was commissioned by Waterways Ireland and Fáilte Ireland together with the participation of representatives from the seven County Councils through which the two canals flow. 

 

Project Objectives:

The purpose of the studies was to identify an overall vision for the development of tourism and recreation for the Grand Canal Rural and the Royal Canal Rural and adjacent rural areas

The studies address the development of tourism, recreation and associated economic development opportunities along the banks and within a development corridor of up to 15 miles from the canals. The study was prepared by Tourism Development International guided by the steering group.

Project Activities:

  • Literature Review
  • Assessment of existing product offer
  • Production of a Series of Maps to identify potential sites for the development of water-based tourism and recreation
  • Production of an Action Plan 

Project Outcome and Impacts:

Both these studies are now being implemented. Local area implementation groups have been established in 7 local authority areas. A vision and strategy is now in place to establish the Grand Canal and Royal Canal as recreation and activity tourism zones.

Links:

Recreation, Tourism and Commercial Product Identification Study Royal Canal Rural

Recreation, Tourism and Commercial Product Identification Study Grand Canal Rural

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