Developing the South Kerry Greenway

Kerry County Council are currently progressing the design of the South Kerry Greenway project which involves the proposed construction of a greenway from a trail head carpark at Reenard (south west of Caherciveen) to Glenbeigh in the north east. The proposed project includes the construction of a 32km greenway, with 3m wide paved surface and grass verges, securely fenced from adjoining landholdings. Trail head facilities include car parks, demountable toilets and signage.

The proposed greenway is to be constructed using, where available, the existing abandoned railway corridor and infrastructure. All significant existing railway structures (bridge, viaducts and tunnels) will be repaired and reused where possible. A new gabion wall structure will be required to facilitate the greenway route where the original line has been subsumed into the adjacent N70 at Drung Hill, and a new bridge at this location is required to replace the original Nimmo’s bridge.

The proposed route follows the railway corridor where feasible. There are several locations however, where the proposed greenway is outside of the original rail corridor for various design reasons, including for example where there are obstructions on the track or where route options suggested by landowners were assessed to be of benefit to the scheme.