Inishbofin is the first Irish island to receive an international Ecotourism award, recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. It was presented today to a number of organisations who’ve worked hard to promote the best of what the island has to offer.
The small island lies off the coast of Connemara Co. Galway and is home to “Dún Gráinne”, a fort reputed to have been used by the legendary Pirate Queen, Gráinne Ní Mháille. Inishbofin’s rich heritage is in part the reason it has been given this award. Besides from the pirate connection it’s heritage includes a Bronze Age Settlements, monastic sites and Cromwellian fort. Storyteller and archaeologist Tommy Burke, who is an expert on the history of Inishbofin, was among the recipients of the award. Other factors that helped secure the award were some of the fantastic activities the island has to offer such as birdwatching, guided walking trails, angling trips, sailing and water sports.