Avondhu Blackwater Partnership’s Blackwater Valley Heritage Trail was launched this week by Mr. Tom Barry TD. The innovative series of tours have been developed by the local development company to promote the rich heritage of the Blackwater Valley and to enhance the huge tourism potential of North Cork.
To augment the tours a free high quality trail brochure has been published and is packed with no less than 23 local heritage sites encompassing an area from Blarney to Mallow and Fermoy to Lismore. The brochure gives an historic summary of sites such as Bridgetown Priory near Castletownroche, Labbacallee Megalithic Tomb near Glanworth and Ballysaggartmore Towers near Lismore. More information can be acquired from the interpretative panels on display at each site.
People may of course drive the trail route themselves or may book on to one of the new guided bus tours which Damien Tobin, Avondhu Blackwater, is co-ordinating. “We have designed three quality bus tours along the heritage trail and we provide local guides. In addition, a group may link with us to go on a particular tour of the heritage sites which interest them most. We have also designed a heritage trail specifically for schools and youth groups which can take in a morning on the heritage trail and an afternoon of adventure activities such as Zorbing, Kayaking, Team Building etc”.
Damien continues, “We hope that the promotion of heritage in the area will boost the number of local and international tourists coming to the Blackwater Valley and thereby support local businesses. We have already heard from a local accommodation provider that a visiting group from New Zealand, who were tracing their family roots near Fermoy, decided to stay in the area for several more nights when they became aware of the heritage trail.”
For more information on this exciting new development, contact Damien Tobin, Avondhu Blackwater on 025 – 33411.