Chapter 11: Tourism and Recreation

Uimhir Thagarta Uathúil: 
Pádraig Webb

Chapter 11: Tourism and Recreation


The Carlow Tourism strategy and Action Plan 2020-2025 recommends a marketing proposition for County Carlow as: ‘A home of Irish heritage and culture - where visitors can discover the stories of Carlow people in spectacular houses and gardens, set amidst scenic mountains and picturesque rivers which provide the backdrop for a diverse range of outdoor activities and other historic and nature-based offerings. Experience Ireland’s Ancient East on Dublin’s Doorstep’.

While the marketing proposition acknowledges the natural elements provided by the county in terms of ‘’scenic mountains and picturesque rivers’’, the plan only actually refers to nature once and never actually acknowledges the tourism benefits provided for by biodiversity.

  • The County Development plan 2022-2028 needs to acknowledge the contribution of and provide facilities for nature based tourism opportunities in Co. Carlow which are made possible by the very biodiversity which sustains them, including those involved in outdoors pursuits primarily based on enjoying the natural environment of Carlow including hillwalkers, birdwatchers, runners, cyclists etc…