ecotourism in ireland

Sheeps Head and St Finbarr's Walking week 15th-20th May

Sheeps Head and St Finbarr’s Walking week    15th-20th May

St Finbarrs Walk Sheepshead Way West Cork IrelandExplore the wild scenery and exhilarating views of The Sheeps Head Way this May with Top Of The Rock. They have created an gorgeous 4 day package with accommodation, transport, meals and guidebook as well as an accompanying guide throughout.

A four day walking tour from the SHEEPS HEAD lighthouse to St Finbarr’s hermitage at GOUGANE BARRA, with five nights’ accommodation at the Top of the Rock Pod Páirc and Walking Centre. The cost of our 2016 walking week is €515 per person sharing (including VAT)

St Finbarrs Walk Sheepshead Way West Cork IrelandFor more details and maps on each days walk Click Here
St Finbarrs Walk Sheepshead Way West Cork Ireland


A Thesis on EcoTourism by Aoife O Donovan

Last year I spoke with Aoife O’ Donovan who was writing a thesis on ecotourism and its effects on creating environmental policy

She was looking for contacts to interview so I passed on details of a few people. Here (finally- sorry for the delay Aoife) is an excerpt from her finalised work:
Ecotourism Thesis by Aoife O’ Donovan
This project was submitted to University College Dublin in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of MSc. Environmental Policy – Aoife O’ Donovan

While the complexity of the conflict between tourism development and economic growth offers no perfect solution, it is worth noting that ecotourism is becoming more and more of a reality.
It is considerably difficult to say anything negative about ecotourism. The literature had mixed reviews some authors seeing it as the golden opportunity within the tourism sector and others considering it a policy failure.
However, from the interview findings the former appears to be more accurate. Ecotourism promotes sustainability, conscious ‘green’ thought, environmental ethics and local support.
What became very clear throughout the interviewing process there is an overwhelming level of support within the ecotourism sector in Ireland. At all times environmental protection is their priority, meaning that it is possible to allow the ecotourism industry to grow, safe in the knowledge that those working in the industry will halt growth if the environment can no longer facilitate that level of visitors.
To summarise, ecotourism may not be a perfect industry or the only solution to the wider conflict but it is an excellent way to promote sustainability into the future.
Read the full document here:
Ecotourism Thesis by Aoife O’ Donovan
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Meeting Miles Irving at #WFSS2015

Wild Food Summer School Forage

I made it to Blackstairs Ecotrails’ Wild food Summer School for the morning forage with Miles Irving yesterday and what a treat it was!
Miles was able to show us numerous edibles in the small area of the field we were in focusing on grasses and trees. His hope is that we can harness technology to make preparing wild food easier whilst keeping it wild and nutritious.
Here are some points I took away – please note that these are simply observations I noted and one should ALWAYS inform and educate themselves on the safety (and sustainability) of eating any wild food – check out Miles’ book on foraging here for useful tips and advice:

  • Dock weed seed is bitter but good for the liver – maybe chef’s can come up with a way to make them tasty – particularly great if they can make it something to accompany alcohal! 🙂
  • Blackberry leaves can be used to make a very nice tea
  • The young shoots of the Rowan tree taste like almond
  • You know those stickleback plants that stick to you when you walk through them? Turns out that you can use them to make a coffee type drink! Best when brown.
  • Don’t eat nettles when in flower as the crystals in them will irritate the kidneys – note that they don’t taste very nice at this time anyway…
  • Green Pine Flowers are best!

Thanks to Mary and Robert for a great event – am sure they are all still having fun! Wild Food Summer School runs until Sunday evening this weekend. Visit for details.
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