What is Slow Adventure?
Slow Adventure is a concept favouring slow, immersive experiences that engage with remote, wild and nature-rich places. It is an adventure that gives you the chance to engage with nature and as well as taking part in an activity you can also to learn aspects of the local area such as the produce, wildlife and environment.
Slow Adventure is a form of tourism which avoids the quick-fix adrenalin-pumping hits of convenient adventure experiences, in favour of slow, immersive journeys, living in and travelling through wild places and natural spaces – experiencing nature in its timeframe, its seasons and its weathers. These journeys will typically include wild food, wildlife, comfort in the outdoors, creating and enhancing people’s understanding of nature, human- or nature-powered travel and enhanced engagement with place.
Slow Adventure – inspiring connections with the outdoors
Slow Adventure gives you the chance to explore and engage with wild, open and natural places. To journey through breath-taking landscapes at a slower, immersive pace, creating memories through meaningful experiences as you invest time in a place, in its traditions and community. And as you surrender to the natural forces of the environment while reflecting, reconnecting and becoming closer to nature.
Slow Adventure brings together people who enjoy sharing their sense of place with visitors by sharing traditional skills, local knowledge, storytelling and spending time together in nature. Each slow Adventure has been crafted to offer unique experiences by working with carefully selected people and businesses.
Slow Adventure represents a responsible travel choice, where core elements are green forms of transport, a desire to learn about other cultures and environments, the interaction with and understanding of local cultural and natural rhythms, and an appreciation of both place and one’s place. Slow Adventure has been designed to guide the travel choices of visitors who seek to exercise their responsibility through high quality guided slow adventure experiences.
Slow Adventure tourism, as a concept, was devised from a research and development transnational project funded under the NPA. The SAINT Slow Adventure in Northern Territories consists of the following partner countries, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland. The project was awarded an international trademark for Slow Adventure Tourism in 2018.
The Slow Adventure Brand
To encapsulate this ethic of care in tourism products, we have created, and trademarked, a quality label which will provide a structured approach for business creation of new slow adventure experiences. This label has been designed to guide the travel choices of visitors who seek to exercise their responsibility through high quality guided slow adventure experiences.
Slow Adventure Ireland
Country Leitrim with its breath-taking natural beauty and ample wide open spaces is the obvious choice as the home to Slow Adventure in Ireland.