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Geotourism Blog

Geotourism is a form of natural area tourism that specifically focuses on geology and landscape. It promotes tourism to geosites and the conservation of geo-diversity and an understanding of earth sciences through appreciation and learning. This is achived through independent visits to geological features, use of geo-trails and view points, guided tours, geo-activities and patronage of geosite visitor center (Newsome and Dowling, 2010).

 

Geological heritage is an essential part of World heritage, as it represents the unique record of the whole evolution of our planet.  It tells the story of the Earth's development, especially those processes that shaped it.

In 1998, a geological heritage programme was established in the Republic of Ireland. The aim of this programme is to promote awareness and protection of significant geological heritage sites. County geological heritage sites are included in county development and heritage plan. Kerry has many wonderful geosites (sites of spectacular geological features and scenery).

Geopark is one of the most effective way of presenting the geological heritage to visitors, showing link between the physical landscape, archaeology, mythology, folklore and biodiversity. Ireland has three UNESCO-supported Global Geoparks Burren & Cliffs of Moher (Co.Clare), Marble Arch Caves (Co. Fermanagh-Cavan) and Copper Coast (Co. Waterford). Local communities in South Kerry have been developing for a number of years, aspiring Kerry Geopark in Sneem (South Kerry).

​Enjoy exploring the natural wonder and build heritage via story maps linked with images shown below:

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Scroll down to read all the latest posts in our Geotourism  Blog and discover some of the unsung hidden geological delights.

October 27, 2018

Red Sandstone slab - the grave

Scotia`s Glen is a partially wooded valley situated in the south-east corner of Clahane Townland, in the eastern foothills of the Slieve Mish Mountain...

January 17, 2018

This blog post is a tribute to Frederick James Foot on the 151st anniversary of his death. I dedicate it to Ms Sheila Breen, a Grand-niece of Frederick James Foot, Irish geologist...

December 31, 2017

Heritage Week Event - "Kayaking & Geology"  took place 20th August 2017 at Meenoghane Pier, Causeway, North Kerry. This event was the first of its kind in North Kerry.

The Meen...

December 29, 2017

When I saw a photograph of the ripple marks at the highest mountain in Ireland for the first time I wouldn't imagine that my curiosity will lead me to spend a wonderful weekend at...

December 10, 2017

It must now be more than a year since I found this photograph of ancient ripple marks. The fossilized marks seen on the red sandstone which covers pretty much the entire southern p...

June 1, 2017

Situated on the shoreline of North Kerry's Wild Atlantic Way, between Ballyheigue & Ballybunion, Kilmore Strand is a quiet beach that is rich in geological features.

May 4, 2017

Fenit Beach is located on north side of Tralee Bay about 10 km (6 mi) west of Tralee town, just south of the Shannon Estuary. The area has a number of environmental designations (S...

May 2, 2017

Black Rock and Small Rock are located between the blue flag golden beaches of Banna Strand and Ballyheigue Bay.  The two rock formations have a diverse formations that have become...

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