It turns out west really is best.
Strandhill in Sligo has just been named as the best destination for health and well-being tourism.
The deserving title was awarded by EDEN (European Destination of Excellence) at an awards ceremony in the Sligo Park Hotel.
Fáilte Ireland made the announcement earlier this afternoon.
The coveted award recognises Strandhill Community Development Association as the best emerging destination that promotes sustainable tourism.
The deliberation comes after a lengthy decision-making process, which involved EDEN judges visiting Strandhill at the start of November.
Judges wanted to see the place in person and experience the sustainable practices first-hand. And Sligo definitely didn’t disappoint as it brought home the gold.
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Did we mention the EDEN Awards yet? 😂 Nah seriously so chuffed that Sligo has two of the four finalists in a major EU Award for Sustainable Tourism. Great to see @adventuresligo in there too; hats off to Bláithín, William and all the network ; we love what you do. So either way Sligo is winning as it has put value of sustainability out there as valuable. Sustainability has many meanings; ensuring care for our place, our fragile ecosystem and our community. In Strandhill many different businesses and groups have made huge efforts on this front, but there is still much to be done. EDEN gives us a sense of purpose to now prioritise this conversation. We coordinated the Strandhill application and will be getting the glad rags out for the Awards Ceremony next Wednesday afternoon. Fingers crossed 🤞 . . . . #edenaward #strandhill #wildatlanticway #sligostories #strandhillmoments #adventuresligo #sligowhoknew #sligo
Aoife Porter of Bua marketing spearheaded the showcase of Strandhill, leading judges around local favourites. A visit to the Strandhill People’s Market was on the cards, as was a trip to the Salt & Soul Yoga studio and the Perfect Day Surf School.
Shortly followed by lunch in Shells.
Commenting on the win, Aoife said: “Strandhill is a village striving to decrease its impact on climate change by adopting sustainable principles. We want this generation and the next to enjoy Strandhill’s world-class surf waves, unique landscape, thriving cultural scene and significant heritage sites.”
Adding that the village is “for everyone-for locals and tourists alike”, it’s clear that the focus is on preserving the area for all to enjoy - no wonder it's the best for health and well-being tourism.