In 2015, Inisbofin achieved SAC status and ‘eco certification’, and is the first ‘Leave no Trace’ island.
The island boasts diverse habitats from pristine beaches; sheltered coves and sand dunes; sea cliffs and stacks, to bogs, hay meadows and rolling hills. Sheep farming, fishing and seaweed foraging by day and traditional music drifting on the evening breeze, make up a complete package to inspire all visitors.
The Leave no Trace network currently includes seven businessess that have adopted the core principles:
- plan ahead and prepare
- be considerate of others
- respect farm animals and wildlife
- travel and camp on durable ground
- leave what you find
- dispose of waste properly
- dispose of waste water properly and minimise the effects of fire
“This is not an island that is about packing in the daytrippers, nor to rush to for the nearest viewpoint and back to catch the last ferry. It’s a place to hike, bike, picnic, swim, fish, soak up the history, eat local seafood or lamb, and relax the night away, listening to traditional music and stargazing….” remarked Mary Mulvey, CEO Ecotourism Ireland.
Double-page feature in Spring 2016 edition of Inshore Ireland