16 Jul 2021
You can be carbon conscious and still have fantastic adventures right around the island of Ireland.
There is a multitude of ways to have a brilliant holiday on the island of Ireland while still being kind to planet Earth, whether you want to get lost in nature, head to pristine beaches and mountains or visit a big city.
Sustainable travel is becoming ever more prevalent In the land of ‘forty shades of green’, as is a commitment to protecting one of the world’s most naturally beautiful countries and enjoying it responsibly.
For those planning a trip, one of the best ways to ensure you are aligned to Ireland’s natural green environment is to travel to the lesser known spots around the country and to do it in the off seasons. Avoiding flying altogether may not be an option, but approaching your transport from a sustainable mindset definitely is.
Once in Ireland you can head to eco-friendly destinations, stay in sustainable accommodation, eat food sourced from just down the road and revel in a host of environmentally-friendly activities, including walking, hiking, cycling, surfing, swimming, sailing and much more.
Saying no to plastic, reducing waste, conserving water and sustainable initiatives such as ‘leave no trace’ are all part of the modern experience of the island of Ireland, as illustrated by one of the country’s leading sustainable tourism groups.
The Burren Ecotourism Network is encouraging people to dispose of their litter responsibly when visiting the famous UNESCO Cliffs of Moher and Burren Geopark – a top eco-friendly destination on the Wild Atlantic Way.
The network, named Best Community Tourism Project 2021 by Lonely Planet, has implemented a ‘This is a Protected Zone-Bring Your Rubbish Home’ campaign, one of many such initiatives around the country, as part of its efforts to keep the spectacular west of Ireland environment free from litter and waste.
Carbon conscious travellers planning to experience this natural and protected beauty should check out the Falls Hotel and Spa in County Clare. Thanks to a series of waste reduction and innovative energy initiatives, it has been awarded carbon neutral status by Green Hospitality Ireland, meaning you will leave no carbon footprint once you arrive.
Mourne Mountains, County Down
Many other places around the country offer superb sustainable stays. Bookable now are the likes of the ‘bedroom in a meadow’ at Nire Valley Eco Camp in County Waterford, the luxury-laden Salthouse in County Antrim, or the stylish Breac House in County Donegal.
And you can take the environmental challenge out of your travel plans with sustainable tourism businesses like Vagabond Tours, which specialises in small group tours.
This company will take you to places like the Ring of Kerry, a series of ancient castles, and islands off the beaten track for responsible, and unmissable, local Irish experiences.
Exclusive, private and sustainable trekking and hiking holidays aligned to responsible accommodation and zero environmental impact are also available from people like The Inside Trek in Northern Ireland.
After your carbon conscious stay you can go home mentally and physically refreshed, with a renewed appreciation of the island of Ireland and an improved connection to planet Earth.
Ring of Kerry, County Kerry
The Burren, County Clare
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