A tourism initiative might see a community of tenting and glamping websites, in addition to pitches for campervans and motorhomes dotted alongside the nation’s rivers, lakes, and canals.
Waterways Eire is exploring the potential of growing as much as 50 websites at key areas throughout each Northern Eire and the Republic that may present services for glamping and motorhomes.
The websites could be throughout the navigation programs operated by Waterways Eire, together with the Decrease Bann, the Erne System, the Shannon-Erne Waterway, the Royal and Grand Canals, the Barrow and the Shannon.
The cross-border physique liable for the administration and improvement of over 1,000 kilometres of inland navigable waterways within the Republic and Northern Eire has introduced a feasibility examine into the potential for growing a community of such websites.
Waterways Ireland stated the appropriateness and scale of the potential for the event of glamping and motorhome websites close to inland waterways had not been comprehensively assessed so far regardless that the market demand for such services is reported to be excessive.
“The availability of glamping and motorhome infrastructure alongside the inland waterways presents the potential to draw elevated and various customers to the waterways atmosphere to expertise each on-water and off-water leisure actions together with strolling and biking alongside our greenway and blueway routes,” it stated.
“For the customer, waterside areas are compelling and distinctive since they provide immersive darkish sky vistas, breath-taking surroundings and tranquility amidst the fantastic thing about uncommon natural world.”
The organisation has issued a young for the feasibility examine, which might value as much as €150,000. This may inform Waterways Eire’s future selections on investing in infrastructure to facilitate such kinds of vacationers and their lodging wants.
The successful bidder is predicted to assessment current glamping and motorhome infrastructure close to the inland waterways, in addition to assess the danger for Waterways Eire if its property is developed for such services in addition to present a cost-benefit evaluation of the proposal.
Waterways Eire stated it might additionally look at the necessity for investing in infrastructure for the charging of electrical autos.
The organisation stated it’s supposed that the findings of the examine will finally allow it to develop partnerships with numerous businesses together with native authorities for the supply of such services at prioritised areas.