Members of the Adventure Sligo network recently welcomed judges from Failte Ireland for this year’s EDEN, European Destination of Excellence Awards. The aim was to showcase Sligo’s Adventure and Well-being tourism offering for their nomination in the category for Health & Well-Being Tourism. EDEN is an initiative that looks to promote sustainable tourism development across Europe and aims to highlight the value and diversity of European tourist destinations while promoting emerging destinations.

We were thrilled to work with Blaithin Sweeney, Your Wellbeing Warrior, the driving force behind the submission and Deirdre from Sligo Leader in preparation for the day.

On the day, Balithin and I were joined by Adventure Sligo providers who pulled out all the stops to ensure the judges had a memorable experience. We set sail on the stunning Lough Gill with Dave and Paddy from Wild West Sailing, along with Barry from Northwest Adventure Tours, to Church Island to dine al fresco. We were treated to organic soup with delicious homemade breads and hummus from Sligo Wellness Centre followed by locally roasted Carrow Coffee. While the judges were treated to a meditation session by Blaithin in the ruins of the Church on the island.

The day was wrapped up nicely with brilliant presentations from Blaithin Sweeney, Auriel Robinson, John Graham, Gail McGibbon, Lucy Brennan, John Kielty, Cllr. Marie Casserly, Deirdre Kennedy, Hugh Myles and Val Robus. Aisling Kelly and Louise Waters provided gifts for the judges and Sweet Beat Cafe brought their delicious treats. Adventure Sligo members Eddie from Strandhill Surf Experience and Ursula from Island View Riding Stables provided support for the presentations so it really was a collaboration of efforts from all sides. This was followed by an intensive Q&A session with the judges.

We were delighted to be involved in this event where Adventure Sligo had the opportunity to showcase the range of exciting activities and significant amenities that are available in Sligo.  They also highlighted the fact that they can successfully collaborate with other local networks to the benefit of people living in and visiting the area.

It was great to work with Blaithin and a group of people who are so dedicated and passionate about not only their livelihoods, but also towards enhancing people’s well-being. Best of luck to the network at the awards ceremony on Wednesday 20th November in the Sligo Park Hotel.