#INLAND – Waterways Ireland, together with food writer Georgina Campbell and Afloat's boating expert W.M. Nixon, recently launched the 2012 edition of A Taste of the Waterways. The Guide recommends places to eat and stay along the inland waterways managed by Waterways Ireland, and also includes maps and information on Things to See & Do along the way.
Establishments featured are independently assessed and recommendations are made on merit alone, with no fee charged for inclusion.
Georgina, who independently compiled the Taste guide, states "The 2012 Taste of the Waterways guide will introduce a lot of new visitors to a side of Ireland that is still unknown to many and what a wonderful surprise they have in store...Our beautiful rivers and canals lead the visitor right to the heart of Ireland and there is a special timeless quality to the way of life here. Community spirit is strong, visitors are made very welcome and, as well as a healthy choice of outdoor activities and sites to see, there's always plenty of music and craic to be found in friendly pubs along the way - also a generous sprinkling of good eating places, of course, and some lovely places to stay."
Featuring over 110 businesses along the 1000km of Ireland's inland waterways, the guide recommends selected establishments within a corridor along the Barrow Navigation, the Erne System, the Lower Bann, The Grand Canal, the Royal Canal, the Shannon-Erne Waterway and the Shannon Navigation.
Speaking about the guide Éanna Rowe, Head of Marketing & Communications with Waterways Ireland, highlighted 'This guide to selected food and hospitality premises along the waterways is not only for the boating public but also for those who come to walk, fish, canoe, cycle or sightsee along the beauty of the waterways and encourages them to stay, eat and spend more money in this environment. 'A Taste of the Waterways' provides a true experience of our inland waterways.'
The guide is free of charge and copies have been distributed to all registered boat owners and to tourist information centres nationwide.
In addition Waterways Ireland has developed a What's On Guide to give a listing of all the events taking place along the waterway corridor throughout the boating season and promote the use of the waterways by residents and tourists alike. Some of the events listed are also sponsored by Waterways Ireland and many feature a 'Come and Try It' session to encourage people of all ages to experience the waterways for themselves.