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With staycationing the new normal, our collective carbon footprint has never been so light. But why stop there, we’ve compiled a selection of some of the castles, cottages and hotels that are going the extra mile for the environment so you can rest easy on your holidays. Make the most of what this island has to offer from the varied and unique landscapes and wilderness of the Burren and The Giants Causway to Michelin starred chefs serving the best of local from Loam to Liath. It’s time to pack your bags for an Irish adventure…
WILD ROMANTIC BREAKS
Set in the heart of the Burren and its wonderfully unique flora and fauna it’s little wonder that the owners of famed Gregans Castle take their impact on the environment so seriously. Members of The Green Hospitality Programme, and founding members of the Burren Ecotourism Network, they use only wind energy, bottle their own water in glass from their mountain spring, grow all their own vegetables and firewood and have three electric car charging points. If you are craving a night in the city then head north to Galway to Loam that received the Michelin Sustainability Award 2020, only an hour away.
Breathe in the other-worldly beauty of the Burren, stroll the golden sands of Fanore beach or take to the seas for a trip to the neighbouring Aran Islands. Make like the locals and head for the big waves surf spot Aileens for the best sunset views of the Cliffs of Moher.
Make a break for the capital and Europe’s first sustainable hotel, the Iveagh Garden Hotel Dublin, designed to create the lowest carbon footprint possible. Its success is mostly down to its custom-built renewable energy system that heats the water with the by-product of the power and heat generation. When looking for eco-friendly eats look no further than chef and owner Damien Grey’s new venture Liath who work with the most responsible local suppliers from fishermen to farmers.
Discover the secret garden of Dublin that is this hotel's namesake and let the sounds of the city disappear or if you are feeling a bit more adventurous head south along the coast of a dip in famed swim spot on the Vico Road, Dalkey.
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COSY COTTAGE VACATIONS
Now is your chance to rent a piece of history nestled along the Causeway Coast. Limepark Cottages are the stone outbuildings of a Georgian farmstead and are remarkable luxurious while also eco-conscious using only green energy for heating and electricity. A wide array of environmentally friendly activities await to help you connect with nature. For example, guests are welcome to infuse their own rose petal syrup from the walled garden.
Sample the very best of what the North coast has to offer by making a trek out to the unique landscape of the Giants Causeway and get your heart racing with a walk across the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Don’t go home without a visit to the haunting beech tree tunnel, The Dark Hedges, featured in Game of Thrones.
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