Plans for a community of tenting and glamping websites and pitches for campervans and motorhomes on the banks of rivers, lakes and canals throughout the Republic and Northern Eire are into consideration underneath a brand new tourism initiative.
aterways Eire is exploring the potential for creating as much as 50 websites at key areas throughout each jurisdictions which can present amenities for glamping and motorhomes.
The cross-border physique chargeable for the administration and improvement of over 1,000 kilometres of inland navigable waterways within the Republic and Northern Eire has introduced a feasibility research into the potential for creating a community of such websites.
Waterways Eire 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 amenities is reported to be excessive.
“The supply of glamping and motorhome infrastructure alongside the inland waterways affords the potential to draw elevated and various customers to the waterways surroundings to expertise each on-water and off-water leisure actions together with strolling and biking alongside our greenway and blueway routes,” stated Waterways Eire.
It added: “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.”
It has issued a young for the feasibility research which it stated would inform Waterways Eire’s future choices on investing in infrastructure to facilitate such kinds of vacationers and their lodging wants.
The successful bidder is predicted to evaluation present glamping and motorhome infrastructure close to the inland waterways in addition to assess the chance for Waterways Eire if its property is developed for such amenities 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 was meant that the findings of the research would in the end allow it to develop partnerships with varied companies together with native authorities for the supply of such amenities at prioritised areas.
The feasibility research, which is estimated may price as much as €150,000, will look at the potential for creating amenities for glamping and motorhome customers at between 30 and 50 websites on each side of the Border throughout the navigations methods overseen by Waterways Eire.
They’re the Decrease Bann, the Erne System, the Shannon-Erne Waterway, the Royal and Grand Canals, the Barrow and the Shannon.