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Greenways of Ireland

The Greenways Strategy opens up cycling and walking routes all over Ireland, promoting the great outdoors for everyone. With stunning scenic routes through the countryside and along the coast, the Greenways of Ireland offer endless adventures and a range of activities for all visitors.

What is a Greenway?

The Greenway Strategy defines a Greenway as "a recreational or pedestrian corridor for non-motorised journeys developed in an integrated manner which enhances both the environment and the quality of life of the surrounding area."
There are two types of Greenways:
  • National Greenways are over 100km in length
  • Local Greenways are ideally 40km long
For more information on how the Greenways strategy can help develop your tourism business, browse the Greenways Visitor Experience & Interpretation toolkit below. 

Greenways Visitor Experience & Interpretation toolkit


Greenway development in recent years has resulted in very positive outcomes for the areas in which they're located. Learn more about the projects, the benefits, advice on best practice and more.


Download the Greenways toolkit [pdf, 8MB]

Find out more about the Great Western Greenway

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From the rugged Nephin Beg Mountains to majestic Clew Bay, visitors can soak in the beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way along the Great Western Greenway.


The Great Western Greenway

Explore the Greenways Naming Toolkit Research

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Discover how ‘The Greenway’ got its name, the key learnings for the conventions and strategy, and how to apply it.

Greenways Naming Toolkit Research

Find out more about the Waterford Greenway

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The picturesque Waterford Greenway hugs the coastline as it follows old railway lines from lively Waterford City, through the foothills of the Comeragh Mountains and onto the pretty harbour town of Dungarvan.

The Waterford Greenway

Webinar: Making the most of your Local Greenway

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Business supports webinar to give businesses located on/near a Greenway the tools and tips to make the most of your local Greenway and ultimately get visitors to your business.

Making the most of your local Greenway

Visitor Amenity Best Practice Toolkit for Greenways and Blueways


A solution guide for visitor amenities and infrastructure on new and existing Greenways and Blueways.

Download the toolkit