The Dublin to Galway Cycleway will be a world class recreational trail, providing a unique means for visitors and domestic users to access the beauty and diversity of Ireland over a 276km corridor linking the two cities.
The Cycleway will attract tourists and increase economic activity across the country. Visitors are familiar with the Cycleway concept, with over 45,000km of cycle paths and thousands of further kilometres planned across Europe. The Galway to Dublin Cycleway forms part of the Capitals Route, an international touring route extending from Galway to Moscow, and forming part of the EuroVelo network of long-distance cycling routes in Europe. Closer to home, the Great Western Greenway in County Mayo attracted 225,000 visitors in 2014 alone. International research by Fáilte Ireland identified the importance of the cycleway being safe and scenic, providing opportunities to visit local towns and villages.
This is an exciting and ambitious project, overseen by the National Roads Authority (NRA) on behalf of the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) in partnership with local authorities along the route and reflects the policy of the 2009 - 2020 National Cycling Policy Framework. A key component of this framework is a long distance cycle network that will be appealing to commuters and leisure cyclists. The Galway to Dublin Greenway will be a significant part of the delivery of this aim of the framework. The vision is to create a world-class amenity that will benefit the communities between Galway and Dublin and generate economic growth.
◗ A purposeful recreational facility for use by both cyclists and walkers
◗ 91km of towpath along the Royal Canal Network
◗ 45km of disused railway line from Mullingar to Athlone
◗ 140km of new build greenway from Athlone to Galway with a new bridge across the River Shannon
◗ Regular service facilities
◗ Scenic views of diverse landscape including coastline, boglands, woodlands and watercourses
◗ Towns and cities featured on the route include Dublin, Maynooth, Mullingar, Athlone, Ballinasloe, Loughrea and Galway