The Joyce Country and Western Lakes Geopark has a fascinating geology history over an impressive 700 million years old. It is also home to a wide variety of natural habitats and rich biodiversity due to the range of environments present. The lakes and rivers are managed for angling wild salmon and trout. The JCWL region has a strong tradition of music, storytelling, crafts and food production through the medium of the Irish language for all to learn from, share and enjoy.
The interesting landscape features the uplands of the Partry Mountains, Killary Fjord, Maumturk and Maumtrasna Mountains, Ben Beg, Lugnabrick, Mount Gable to the west as well as the shores of Lough Mask, Lough Carra and Lough Corrib. The geopark is also dotted with heritage villages like Cong, Clonbur, Tourmakeady, Ballintubber and many others.
The Joyce Country and Western Lakes Geopark will shape the lives and stories of the generations to come. It has the potential to become a successful model of sustainable tourism and locally based development.