How green is the Emerald Isle?

By Kingfisher Visitor Guides

Ireland is ahead of the game when it comes to eco-friendly holidays. From activities to transport and accommodation, it’s not just the scenery that’s green in the Emerald Isle. To help you plan your next escape, we have found some amazing places to stay in environmentally friendly Ireland, where you can be in touch with nature, keep your eco-conscience happy and maybe even learn a few tips and tricks to take home.

Limepark, County Antrim

For a spot of green, eco-friendly luxury, head to the North Coast of Ireland and book a stay at Limepark. Housed in a rural Georgian farm dating back to the 17th century, the interior has been carefully restored and tastefully furnished to create a stylish yet cosy feel. Passionate about keeping their carbon footprint to a minimum, the electricity comes from a wind turbine while the hot water is supplied by solar panels.

On the grounds, you will find a whole array of facilities including stables, a tennis court and a games room complete with a pool table. The position is ideal for exploring historic sites and the iconic Giant’s Causeway. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you can hunt for all the set locations in the area. More info

Croan Cottages, County Kilkenny

These charming self-catering cottages are a fantastic option for an eco-holiday in Ireland with the whole family. They show their commitment to the environment through the use of renewable, green energy, composting, recycling and seasonal fruit and veg from their own garden, among other things. The cottages are comfortable and well equipped, each with a fireplace and barbecue.

The hosts have provided an ample list of suggestions of things to see and do in the area to keep the little ones entertained, plus they will love getting to know all the farm animals during their stay. Don’t miss out on exploring the ruins of Kells Augustinian Priory while you’re here! More info

Crann Og eco Farm, County Galway

Experience sustainable living immersed in nature. At Crann Og Eco Farm you can choose from a range of accommodations including handmade yurts and wood cabins. Learn all about organic farming, alternative energy sources and a community lifestyle and take part in some of the farm’s organised activities like a soothing morning yoga session.

Crann Og Eco Farm

Get back to nature with a stay at Crann Og Eco Farm

The farm is located in the pristine woodlands of stunning Galway, just a stone’s throw away from several national parks and peaceful lakes. It’s ideal if you are looking to relax, unwind and enjoy a slower pace of life. More info

Hemp Cottage, County Down

Located in a rural area in the middle of an enchanting orchid, this riverside eco-cottage exudes relaxation. As you may have guessed from the name, the walls are built from hemp mixed with lime while the roof is stuffed with sheep wool for insulation.

The environmentally friendly mentality is also encouraged with recycling facilities and a discount for anyone who leaves their vehicle at home. Nearby activities include hiking up Mourne Mountain, canoeing across Strangford Lough or taking a stroll along the scenic coastline. More info

Ard Nahoo, County Leitrim

Would you like to experience an eco-retreat? Ard Nahoo is the place for you. This family-run business is entirely based on eco-friendly healthy living and offers a range of classes and treatments for guests and visitors. Join a vegetarian cooking class, stretch with some yoga in the barn studio or take some time out for yourself with a guided meditation class.

Ard Nahoo eco-retreat in County Leitrim

Relax and unwind in one of the three stunning wood cabins at Ard Nahoo eco-retreat

The three delightful wood cabins are based on a back-to-basics concept, but in comfort. There may not be any Wi-Fi, but there is an outdoor hot tub and sauna for guests to enjoy. You will surely take home some invaluable habits and ideas for a healthy happy lifestyle. More info

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