Newport walking trail gets €20,000 boost

The Calicaun Bay Trail, an old drovers track leading to a vantage point overlooking the majestic Clew Bay, has been approved enhancement funding of €20,000 from the Department of Rural and Community Development. 

Located just outside the town of Newport, the trail lies beside the Great Western Greenway and the Burrishoole Loop trails. 

“This project will provide access to a coastal viewing point from the Great Western Greenway allowing locals and visitors to enjoy the beautiful hidden coves of Clew Bay,” said Martin Dillane, Rural Recreation Officer with South West Mayo Development Company (SWMDC), who prepared the funding application. 

The fully accessible trail is a partnership project involving community groups such as Newport Tidy Towns, Newport National School, and the Gráinne Mhaol Triathlon Club. 

It is intended to plant native fruit bearing trees and shrubs along the route, together with associated information boards. Trail design features to assist the triathlon club are also anticipated. 

“This aspect of the project will provide educational benefits to the younger generation by introducing them to the flora and fauna of the countryside,” said Sabina Trench, SWMDC CEO. “The project will also help sustain this rural community by improving the amenity offering in the area, which will have many social, economic and environmental benefits.” 

Martin Dillane, paid tribute to local landowners for their part in the process. “Great credit is due to the landowners involved for their agreement and understanding. It is only with their support that we can capture the transformative impact of trails and greenways in County Mayo, such as the Calicaun Bay Trail.”