Rural Recreation Programme

NEWKD’s Rural Recreation Officer (RRO) will work with a broad range of stakeholders – especially local trail committees, to support the development, enhancement and maintenance of outdoor recreation infrastructure in North, East & West Kerry, and be responsible for the management and administration of the Walks Scheme in the area, including conducting trail inspections.

This will involve the preparation and monitoring of a trail management plan, particularly in relation to the Walks Scheme, and the coordination of trail maintenance with the local landowners, contractors, Rural Social Scheme Supervisors & Participants, the Local Authority and Trail Management Committees, with due regard for environmental considerations.

The RRO will also have a role in:

  • protecting the natural and heritage environment of the trail and its locality;
  • liaising with landowners, trail users and other stakeholders such as: Sports Trails Ireland, Coillte, Fáilte Ireland, National Parks & Wildlife Service, Kerry County Council and Inland Fisheries Ireland;
  • assisting with Trail Marketing & Promotion

To find out more please contact:

Joanna Jankowksa, Rural Recreation Officer          Email:


Kerry County Council in partnership with SKDP and NEWKD and with the support of the Department of Rural & Community Development’s ‘Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme’ have developed the Kerry Trails Map

It includes over 130 trails and walks located throughout the county with essential information such as location, length, difficulty, duration, GPS coordinates, directions to the trailhead/parking areas etc.  It can be downloaded for use off-line or can be used in the Google Maps app, and offers a 3D view of trails to enhance the user experience.

Expression of Interest Form for Landholder Participation in the Walks Scheme