Updated: Apr 20
According to Kerry County Council, the South Kerry Greenway project is progressing well with construction works having began in January 2023 at the Glenbeigh end of the project, with the greenway expected to be constructed on a phased basis. The council estimates that it will take at least three years to complete construction, with sections opening once each part is finished.
An Bord Pleanála granted planning permission in November 2020 for a 27-kilometre greenway from Glenbeigh to just outside Cahersiveen. The original plan sought permission for an almost 32km route stretching to Renard Point. Kerry County Council has procured consultants to prepare tender documents for the Renard section and is currently procuring consultants to obtain the necessary statutory consent for the section from Renard to Caherciveen, which was previously omitted from the original approval.
To prepare for the greenway's opening, the council is working on ancillary facilities such as traffic calming, parking, and upgrading roads and footpaths in Cahersiveen town. Footpath network improvements in the town are already underway as part of the RRDF project, and a pavement improvement scheme is also planned for the N70 National Secondary Route.
Once completed, the South Kerry Greenway will offer locals and visitors a unique opportunity to explore the stunning landscape of South Kerry on foot or by bike. Additionally, the project is expected to provide economic benefits to the region, creating jobs and generating tourism revenue