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25 Sept 2022

Fáilte Ireland aim to transform Louth's Táin Trail into an "internationally iconic" route

 Fáilte Ireland aim to transform Louth's Táin Trail into an "internationally iconic" route

The Táin Way overlooking Carlingford Credit:carlingfordandcooleypeninsula.ie/

Fáilte Ireland has initiated a review of the Táin Trail Route (Walking/Hiking, Cycling and Driving) for Louth, Meath, Westmeath, Longford and Roscommon, to establish it as an important tourism trail within Ireland’s Ancient East and Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.

The purpose of the review is to transform the Táin Trail, which stretches from the Cooley Peninsula in Louth to Rathcroghan in Roscommon, into an internationally iconic walking, hiking, cycling and driving route that possesses a variety of experiences and links existing attractions on the trail.

The project will focus on creating defined thematic experience routes that enhance the existing offering to provide comprehensive experiences telling the ancient Táin Trail story.

This will be achieved by blending a range of experiences from food and activities to attractions and events, pinpointing brilliant visitor experiences that will disrupt typical visitor flow encouraging increased dwell time along the route, and identifying new and supporting experiences along the route.

The development of the Táin Trail is a key part of Fáilte Ireland’s Ancient Destination Experience Development Plan (DEDP), a five-year development plan for Louth and Meath, which launched in May 2021.

The Táin Trail will allow visitors to journey through the Ancient heritage of the Boyne Valley region, immersing themselves in local heritage and exploring the ancient landscape.

All work will be aligned with the Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and Ireland’s Ancient East experience brands and carried out in consultation with industry stakeholders.

The Táin Way route is a 40km long circular trail that can be walked comfortably in two days. The Táin Way starts and finishes in one of three locations; the heritage town of Carlingford, Omeath on the shoreline of Carlingford Lough and in Ravensdale at the Lumpers Pub.

Speaking about the project Director of Regional Development Paul Keeley said:

“The development of the Táin Trail is an important part of the long-term tourism development in Louth, Meath, Westmeath, Longford and Roscommon.

“Improving accessibility, orientation and signage along the route will boost its attractiveness to domestic and international visitors, driving demand and increasing dwell time in the area.

“We envisage the Táin Trail will become one of the iconic tourist trails in Ireland, and look forward to working closely with the local authorities, stakeholders and suppliers to execute this project.”

An invitation to tender was issued by Fáilte Ireland on 17th August to identify a supplier that will undertake a review and audit of the current Táin Trail offering, and develop a plan to re-optimise and reimagine the route.

This will include access, orientation, signage, interpretation, sustainability and transportation elements, and will tie in with both the Ireland’s Ancient East and Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands brand propositions.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 14th September 2022 at 12pm. For more information, please visit http://www.etenders.gov.ie/.

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