West Wicklow Heritage Trails Brochures Launch

Three new Heritage brochures for West Wicklow trails are being launched by the Baltinglass Municipal District of Wicklow County Council.    The trails are: Lakeside Heritage Trail, South West Wicklow Heritage Trail and the West Wicklow Heritage Trail.

The brochures will be launched on Tuesday, February 27th, as part of the Baltinglass Courthouse Open Event and Heritage Plan launch.

Each trail has been designed to showcase the wealth of heritage available to visit in West Wicklow in a driving or cycling circuit, highlighting archaeological sites, historical points of interest, natural areas and the many villages along the way, each with its own story to tell.

The Heritage Trails are a joint initiative of Baltinglass Municipal District and the Heritage Officer of Wicklow County Council as an action of the County Wicklow Heritage Plan.

Cllr Vincent Blake, Cathaoirleach, Baltinglass MD, said: “These Heritage Trails contribute greatly to the tourism offering for West Wicklow, highlighting some of our hidden heritage gems and encouraging visitors to spend more time exploring this part of County Wicklow”.

The compilation of information for the brochures was co-ordinated by Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer, Wicklow County Council, in association with local individuals, the Lakeside Heritage Group and the West Wicklow Historical Society and “Active Me” tourism.

This initiative is one of a number of heritage recording projects undertaken by the Heritage Office in recent years, offering local communities the opportunity to create digital archives of information, photographs and stories about their local area which can then be used to develop local tourism activity.

The Open Evening in Baltinglass commences at 4pm on Tuesday, February 27th, with guided tours of the Courthouse followed by the Heritage Trails and County Wicklow Heritage Plan launches at 7pm.  All are welcome to attend.

The Heritage Trails Brochures will be available at Tourist Offices and Baltinglass Municipal District Offices in Blessington. For more about Our Wicklow Heritage visit www.countywicklowheritage.org, for more about visiting County Wicklow see www.visitwicklow.ie

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