Blueways Ireland


Welcome to Ireland’s Blueways

Can you think of a better way to enjoy the waterways of Ireland?


Blueways Ireland is a tourism and recreation initiative which provides safe and easy access to multiple outdoor activities on and along the waterways, allowing people of all ages to experience the waterways of Ireland. Do it your way and at your own pace, the Blueways will allow you to avail of an experience like never before on and along the waterways of Ireland.


Whether you’re into paddling, walking, cycling or simply hooked on the outdoors, this network of multi-activity trails provides a scenic perspective in to the heart of the Irish landscape. From leisurely strolls and gentle paddles to adrenaline filled days on land and water, Blueways Ireland offer tailor made trips like no other. If it’s guided or unguided paddling along picturesque canals or rivers; or walks and cycles immersed in idyllic landscapes that you are interested in – you’re sure to find a Blueway and an activity to suit you. Pick your Blueway and Do It Your Way!


Do it your way !

Relax, breathe deeply, and let the Blueways of Ireland take you on a magical adventure through the heart of the Irish landscape


In October 2014 the Blueways consisted of a 16km trail from Drumshanbo to Carrick-on-Shannon; in 2016 the Blueway network is set to get bigger and better with new trails being developed on and along the Shannon and Shannon-Erne waterways. The vision now is that by the end of 2016 the Blueway network of paddling trails will increase to 200km, with a myriad of wonderful options for cycling and walking in these beautiful scenic environments.


This year will see the upgrade and extension of the current Shannon Blueway walking trail from Drumhauver Bridge to Battlebridge Lock. Planning permission has been received to construct a boardwalk linking Drumhauver Bridge to the town of Drumshanbo. These works are due to commence before the end of 2016.


The existing Shannon Blueway, Drumshanbo to Carrick-on-Shannon canoe trail will also be extended from 16km to over 100km. Currently in development; 20km heading west towards Boyle and Lough Key, 50km south to Lanesborough and a 30km looped trail from Drumshanbo around the shores of Lough Allen.


In addition to the above developments there is also the new Shannon-Erne Blueway, a 63km trail form Leitrim Village to Belturbet, covering towns and villages along the trail such as Ballinamore. This Blueway is set to be launched in the summer of 2016 with activity and commercial providers all excited to provide you with that brilliant Blueway experience.


This extensive network of Blueway trails will generate an increase in recreation on the waterways of Ireland and also provide benefits to the counties of Cavan, Longford, Leitrim and Roscommon.


Start planning your Blueway trip today! The Blueways are all about great experiences on and along the beautiful waterways of Ireland. Use the Blueways Ireland website to plan your visit; it has details of local businesses that can help you get on the Blueways, as well as all the fabulous places to stay eat and go while you’re here.



We have even made it easier for you to enjoy your experience on the Blueways by creating Blueway offers and packages. To find out more about these amazing experiences, developments, special offers, news, events and much more visit


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