Above: Karen Cottrell, Union Hall with her daughters Caoimhe and Ciara at the Ilen River Blueway launch in Baltimore. Photo: Martin Walsh.
The Ilen River Blue Way, a water activity trail from Skibbereen to Baltimore, has been launched in West Cork.
Failte Ireland consider the establishment of Blueways to be a significant added attraction for tourists to experience the area from the water and also to extend their stay.
Developed by Cork Country Council, The Ilen River Blue Way is divided into three sections. Skibbereen to Deelish Pier is 2.7km and considered a beginner trail. Deelish Pier to Glebe Graveyard is 6.0km and considered an intermediate trail while Glebe Graveyard is 8.6km and categorised as an advanced trail.
The Ilen River Blue Way was launched by Cllr Joe Carroll on July 22. Cllr Carroll commented, “It is an incredible honour to officially launch the Ilen River Blue Way and create another avenue for everyone to enjoy the beauty of West Cork. Cork has a majestic coastline and the Ilen River Blueway will provide a different perspective for visitors to enjoy the beauty of our County. The stretch of the Ilen River that runs from Skibbereen and out into Baltimore Harbour is one of the most breathtaking in Ireland. This is a wonderful initiative…”
The Ilen River Blueway offers a variety of attractions with superb opportunities to witness the wealth of wildlife on the Ilen River, savour some spectacular vistas from the water and enjoy the pursuit of choice, from kayaking, to stand up-paddling to snorkelling. This Blueway provides an incredible and altogether different kind of activity in which to enjoy the picturesque surroundings that is around every bend in the Ilen River.
Munster’s first ever Blueway was launched in Bantry by Bantry Bay Port Company last year and has proven a huge success.