Peatlands Eco-Tourism Potential – Research Project

Pile of turf cut in Irish Peatlands in a field

Client: Failte Ireland

The Challenge

In line with the objectives of People, Place and Policy – Growing Tourism to 2025, Fáilte Ireland’s core goals are to grow tourism revenue, visitor numbers and employment.

Outdoor Recreation NI will produce a comprehensive overview of the current peatland-based tourism in Ireland and evidence to demonstrate how a world class peatland’s experience could step change Ireland’s global eco- tourism position and stimulate further visitor experiences to complement Ireland’s existing offering.

The research will present international best practice in the development of world-class peatlands, peat ways and eco-tourism experiences, together with key learnings and recommendations for Ireland to become a recognised global leader.


The Role

The primary objective is to provide intelligence to guide decision-making and recommendations for future investment priorities, experience development and stakeholder partnerships. The project methodology includes:

  • Conduct an audit of the existing peatlands visitor experiences in Ireland
  • Identify opportunities for Ireland to develop a world class and innovative visitor experience to compete internationally
  • Examine international best practice and identify Ireland’s international competitive set
  • Identify Critical Success Factors for peatlands visitor experiences.
  • Identify linkage to other tourism experiences
  • Consult with relevant stakeholders
  • Make recommendations for next steps, including future upgrade and investments of existing network of trails and technology as appropriate.