Trail Gazers Project ‘toolkit’ unveiled

A ‘toolkit’ mapping the development of a multi-million euro walking trail through eight European locations has been launched.

The Atlantic Area Trail Gazers Project includes paths from Donegal to Portugal.

Its aim was to determine the impact of investing in walking and recreational paths on rural communities. It also explored ways the impact can be enhanced.


As part of Enterprise Week 2023 Trail Gazers hosted a social enterprise event to unveil the end product of three years of work and research.

The ‘Trail Gazers – The Legacy’ pack outlines the learning and tools developed as part of the project – From digital marketing to trail management, destination packaging and creating action plans.

Speaking at the launch Killian McLaughlin of Wild Ireland outlined the work they do and how they have collaborated with other tourism providers including

Amazing Grace Yacht Charters and the Wild Alpaca Way.

Nature North West’s Aengus Kennedy highlighted the importance of conservation while Donegal adventurist Jason Black shared his brutally honest story and how nature and the outdoors were his saviour.

Trail Gazers encompasses eight pilot trail sites in Chemin De Mémoires in Bretagne, France, Spain’s Via Verde del Plazola in Navarra, La Caldera de Taburiente on the Canary Island of Las Palma, the Seven Hanging Valleys in the Algarve, Portugal, Sacred Mountain in Viana do Castelo, Northern Portugal, the Taff Trail in West Wales the Knocknarea/Killaspugbrone loop in Sligo and Inch Wildfowl Reserve.

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