Landscape Tourism

The GSI's landscape tourism activities focus on using Ireland's rocks and landscapes as a tourism resource to be enjoyed by both the local and tourist alike. Ireland's greatest treasures are arguably its friendly people and its scenic landscapes. In the GSI we can have little or no impact on the friendliness of the Irish people (!) but through our expert knowledge of the physical features of the countryside we can have an impact on peoples' understanding of the scenic landscapes around them. This, we believe, can only serve to heighten their enjoyment of our shared landscape heritage.

Benwiskin, Co Sligo
Benwiskin, County Sligo

To this end we continue to build on our "Landscapes from Stone" Tourism & Heritage series of publications. This series represents our commitment towards improving peoples' appreciation of the Irish landscape through non-technical explanation of its formation and development. The series includes walks packages, drive/cycle routes and other geological information guides. All literature in the series is aimed at both the mainstream tourism market and the general public, and no prior geological knowledge is assumed.  The "Landscapes from Stone' branding is designed with a view to having an increasingly recognisable suite of products for sale over the coming years.

The 12 Counties Project: 'Landscapes from Stone'
Arising from International Fund for Ireland and EU Special Peace & Reconciliation funding at the turn of the century GSI in partnership with the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI) undertook various projects aimed at developing the scenic landscapes and rocks of the northern 12 counties of Ireland into sustainable tourist attractions. It was decided that the best way to do this and bring geology to the general public would be to develop scenic drives and walks which would link sites of geological interest with established tourist attractions, visitor centres and sites of archaeological and mythological/folklore interest.

The idea for "Landscapes from Stone" as a brand for general interest publications arose at this time.  The twelve northern counties of the island are: Antrim, Armagh, Cavan, Derry, Donegal, Down, Fermanagh, Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan, Sligo and Tyrone. The European funding secured was supported by contributions from local authorities throughout the region. Landscapes from Stone logo

A Story through Time One aspect of the project was to produce tourism publications describing the landscape and scenery aimed at the local or visitor with no prior geological knowledge. Two regional guides to the 12 counties were launched - a "Landscapes from Stone" outdoor attractions map and an accompanying booklet entitled "A Story through Time."

The project saw the publication of a series of " Walk " Packages - "Walk Sligo/Leitrim," "Walk the Sperrins," "Walk Cuilcagh," "Walk Donegal,", "Walk the Mournes/Carlingford" and "Walk South Ulster." A new touring series "Explore" - was also launched.

Horn Head, Co Donegal
University lecturers from British universities
on a geological familiarisation trip at Horn Head, Co. Donegal

For further information on Landscape Tourism please contact John Morris