28 May 2019
Famous as the land of ’40 shades of green’, the entire island of Ireland is ideal for eco-friendly holiday experiences that combine high enjoyment with a low environmental impact.
In the modern age it is not easy to make lasting travel memories and to be kind to the environment at the same time. Fortunately, in Ireland it is possible to lose yourself in a world of stunning green landscapes and still do your bit for planet Earth.
For an eco-friendly base, leave no trace with a stay in an off-grid self-catering cottage or completely upcycled horse truck at Lackan Cottage Farm in Northern Ireland.
With County Down’s fabled Mountains of Mourne, woodland and the seaside all just moments away, this eco haven makes no compromise on living standards, which are Green Tourism gold-rated.
Another great stay with a low environmental footprint is Cnoc Suain, a beautifully restored hill village that sits on layers of Irish history in County Galway. This unique hideaway has won numerous awards for innovative cultural experiences, guest satisfaction, sustainable restoration and its environmental stewardship.
Or enjoy an eco-friendly holiday at a stylish, low carbon, self-catering townhouse in County Antrim. The Pyjama Factory, a perfect location to explore the natural beauty of the Causeway Coastal Route, is just minutes from Old Bushmills Distillery and two miles from the famous Giant’s Causeway and environmentally-friendly visitor centre.
Killarney National Park
In a land celebrated for its lush, shamrock greenness, there is plenty for the ethical traveller to love. From special protected areas, conservation and heritage areas, to wildlife sanctuaries, areas of outstanding natural beauty and no fewer than six UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Global Geoparks to explore around the country, eco-friendly attractions, walks and tours abound.
Walking or biking is often not only the best means to get around, but also a great way to see some of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of the country.
Walk and bike to your heart’s content in the likes of the Wicklow Way or Killarney National Park. Explore the nature-filled Great Western Greenway between Achill and Westport on the Wild Atlantic Way, or take in the Waterford Greenway from Dungarvan to Waterford in Ireland’s Ancient East.
The green scene is making an impact on Ireland’s culinary life too, with an absolute abundance of restaurants island-wide featuring fresh, locally sourced produce, organic and artisanal food and drink and anything from seaweed safaris, slow food trails and forage and feast tours to choose from.
And the new green travel ideas keep coming. Wwoof Ireland (Worldwide Working On Organic Farms for free) lets you learn about organic growing and sustainable lifestyles, while helping the environment and the hosts.
In return for working to create or maintain gardens and farms you get to stay and eat for free. Check out the opportunities all over the island at www.wwoof.ie
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