Trail News

Walk of the Week: Ballycroum Loop, East Clare (abstract from The Irish Independent website)

There’s something about East Clare. This subtly seductive region of steep little pastures and river valleys, dotted with white stone walls and old-style farmsteads on twisty country lanes, is a place you can very easily fall in love with — if you happen to know it’s there.


Lough Gur in County Limerick is one of Ireland’s most important archaeological and historical sites. Now you can find out more about this mystical and enchanting place of stone circles, megalithic tombs, crannogs, ring forts and castles, through two new i-Trails developed jointly by Shannon Development and the Lough Gur Development Cooperative Society, in association with the Heritage Council.

26 Apr 2011
BEN puts its ethos into action!

The newly launched Burren Ecotourism Network (BEN) spent last Saturday carrying out a clean up at Ballyryan. Ballyryan is a favourite stop-off for tourists on the Coast Road between Doolin and Fanore.

04 Mar 2011
2011 – A Year of Potential Growth for Tourism in the Shannon Region

The “Team Tourism” approach was the central message of Shannon Development, Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland’s annual tourism industry briefing held in the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa in Limerick on Thursday, March 3rd 2011.

01 Mar 2011
Lough Derg Way now upgraded to recognised international standards

The Lough Derg Way is a linear route that stretches from Limerick City to Killaloe/Ballina (25km) and from Killaloe/Ballina to Dromineer (40 km). The new look walk has taken the route off busy sections of road, impassable scrub and flooded areas. It is now a much improved experience for the leisure walker and outdoors enthusiasts, offering Limericks , County Clare and North Tipperary’s most spectacular scenery. GAA broadcasting legend Micheal O Muircheartaigh was on hand last Saturday to launch the new look Lough Derg Way in the picturesque lakeside village of Dromineer, before a large group of walking enthusiasts.

13 Dec 2010
Clare Trails

Clare Trails Steering Group are currently developing a 3 year plan for the development, enhancement and promotion of trails in Co. Clare.

23 Aug 2010
1800 Take To the Road in Ireland’s First Closed Road Cycle Event

Over 1,800 cyclists took part in Ireland’s first ever closed road mass participation cycling event in County Clare on Sunday 22nd August 2010.

27 Jul 2010
Minister Killeen Launches New Walking Routes for County Clare

Two new walking routes for West Clare which are set to increase visitor numbers in the area, were launched today (Sunday 25th July 2010), by Minister for Defence Tony Killeen, T.D. The two new looped walks are the Doonbeg Loop (8km long), and the Tullaher Loop (20km long). They are now designated as national Loop Walks.

20 Jul 2010
Pollock Holes, Kilkee voted in top 5 places to swim in Ireland

10 May 2010
Kilmallock Cycle Hub launched on 25th April 2010

To celebrate the launch of the new Co. Limerick cycle hub a special cycling event has been organised to accommodate cyclists of every level from beginners and families to experienced cyclists. There are three routes on offer, “The Hub Family – 10Km Cycle’’ aimed at beginners and families, ‘The Hub Experience’ a 60Km cycle designed for regular leisure cyclists and for the cycling enthusiast “The Hub Challenge’ 120Km in length. All events will start and finish in Kilmallock.

27 Nov 2009
Co Clare product praised in Lonely Planet’s world top ten ‘super cycling routes’

Welcoming the news that County Clare tourism cycling routes have been voted in the world top ten of the Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel 2010’ guide, Flan Quilligan, Shannon Development, Tourism Product Development Manger said,” We are delighted that Co. Clare has been named in the top ten super cycling routes in the world by the Lonely Planet ‘Best in Travel 2010’ guide. This is a testament to the amount of work that has gone into the development of the tourism cycling product in County Clare in recent times.”

06 Aug 2009
Minister O’Cuív Launches New Walking Routes for County Clare

Three new walking routes for North Clare were launched today (Thursday 30th July 2009), by Éamon Ó Cuív, Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in conjunction with The Walks Scheme and Fáilte Ireland’s Walkers Welcome Initiative. These routes are part of the Burren Walks Project which is designed to increase the appeal of the North Clare area as an activity holiday destination and to enhance walking facilities for local users.

26 Sep 2008
Tánaiste launches trail blazing initiative

Mary Coughlan, T.D., Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment launched a new ‘trail blazing’ initiative at the National Ploughing Championships in Kilkenny this week (Tuesday 23rd September ’08). The Tánaiste launched a new tourism website as part of the Shannon Region Trails Programme, a €2 million Shannon Development initiative aimed at establishing the Shannon Region as a world-class destination for walking, cycling, water-based and other outdoor activity pursuits.

22 Jul 2008
National Trails Day

National Trails Day will be held on 28th September 2008 with the objectives of promoting an awareness of the recreation trails, promoting an understanding of the need to manage and resource our trails and other facilities, and promotion and awareness of the work of all key agencies in delivering trails and other facilities.

15 May 2007
Shannon Development launches new Shannon Region Trails Programme and pledges €2million support package

Shannon Development today (Tuesday 15th May ’07) announced a €2 million support package for a new ‘Shannon Region Trails Programme’ which the Company is launching. The aim of the Programme is to establish the Shannon Region as a world-class destination for walking cycling, water-based and other outdoor activity pursuits during the period 2007 – 2010.

01 Apr 2008
Shannon Development blazing a €2 million tourism trail

As part of Shannon Development’s €2 million trail blazing initiative announced last year to enhance the Shannon Region’s reputation as a world-class destination for walking, cycling, water-based and other outdoor activity pursuits, the Company is offering tourism accommodation providers around the Shannon Region an opportunity to participate in an extensive international web based marketing campaign which they will be undertaking in the coming months.