Waterways Ireland is exploring the possibility of developing up to 50 sites at key locations across both Northern Ireland and the Republic that will provide facilities for glamping and motorhomes, reports the Irish Examiner:
‘The sites would be across the navigation systems operated by the cross-border body, including the Lower Bann, the Erne System, the Shannon-Erne Waterway, the Royal and Grand Canals, the Barrow and the Shannon.
Waterways Ireland said: “The provision of glamping and motorhome infrastructure along the inland waterways offers the potential to attract increased and diverse users to the waterways environment to experience both on-water and off-water recreational activities including walking and cycling along our greenway and blueway routes.
“For the visitor, waterside locations are compelling and unique since they offer immersive dark sky vistas, breathtaking scenery and tranquillity amidst the beauty of rare flora and fauna.”
The organisation has issued a tender for the feasibility study, which could cost up to €150,000. This will inform Waterways Ireland’s future decisions on investing in infrastructure to facilitate such types of tourists and their accommodation needs’.