A genuine ecotourism travel experience is based on a number of principles that make demands on both ecotourism operators and their guests. Visitors can expect to gain privileged insights and knowledge about the nature and culture of the region they have came to see, and they can also be assured that the people involved in providing their holiday have adopted environmentally sustainable practices.
Furthermore, ecotourism operators should be actively contributing to the conservation of their local biodiversity and cultural heritage, and ensuring that steps have been taken to minimise their operations impacts on local nature and culture.
Ecotourism is often carried out in small groups and tends to be focused on enjoying the best nature experiences available in an area, meeting local people, enjoying local food and gaining real insights into the area being visited.
“Ireland has a truly staggering array of natural treasures, as befits an island moored in the wild waters of the eastern Atlantic. It is the very threshold of Europe, and is a country crafted and shaped by the sea yet with a unique identity that has been forged by a grand and beautiful landscape. Whether it is gentle countryside or genuine wilderness, mountains or marsh, the essence of Ireland is never too hard to find. Visit to cast a fly at salmon or trout in pristine sea loughs, to trek over rugged hills, to walk on miles of white beaches, or simply to experience a welcome of legendary warmth. Whatever your reason you’ll never want to leave, and you’ll hasten to return.”
Monty Halls, presenter of BBC’s Monty Hall’s Great Irish Escape and author of accompanying book.