More than €15m is being invested in outdoor adventure projects in a bid to boost rural economies and attract more people to rural regions.

Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys announced €15.5 million at an event in Nobber, Co Meath.

More than 80 other outdoor adventure projects across the country have received funding.

Funding of €500,000 for a further section of the Castletown Greenway from Wilkinstown to Castletown is among the projects.

Other projects receiving funding include the Tralee Bay Coastal Greenway in Kerry, the Portumna Blueway in Co Galway and the Sliabh Liag Cliff experience in Donegal.

The investment, under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, aims to make rural Ireland a more attractive destination for adventure tourism.

"Outdoor pursuits have become an even bigger part of all of our lives over the past two years," Minister Humphreys said.

The projects chosen for investment include walking and cycling trails, cliffways, beaches, lakes, rivers, bogs, greenways, blueways and bridleways.

"Through this fund we are developing and enhancing the fantastic natural amenities in our rural communities so more and more people can access and enjoy them" the Minister added.

The investment will see the development of more than 60 natural amenities and support outdoor pursuits such as hiking, mountaineering, kayaking, swimming and cycling.

For the first time under the scheme, funding is also being provided to progress 18 outdoor recreational projects that are at an early stage of development.

"These projects, when complete, will make Rural Ireland an even better place to live, work, visit and raise a family," Ms Humphreys said.