What sustainable activities can I do on the island of Ireland?

What sustainable activities can I do on the island of Ireland?

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Sustainable living has a key part of modern life, and on the island of Ireland there are so many ways to enjoy yourself while protecting the environment.

First off, you want to know where you’re going to rest your head of an evening. Located in County DownHemp Cottage is crafted with local wood and natural materials. This serene, secluded cottage is only two miles away from Crossgar village, so you’ll have access to everything you need for a relaxing trip.

For a more luxurious experience, Gregan’s Castle Hotel in the beautiful wilderness of County Clare has great service and outstanding food, all delivered in a sustainable, eco-friendly way. The electricity is generated from Irish windmills, they use efficient combi-condensing gas boilers and in 2005, they planted 250 trees to support the natural wildlife habitat. 

Walking, hiking, surfing or cycling are always great sustainable activities, and the island of Ireland has countless hiking routes, coastal walks and mountain trails. If you’re looking for a mix of cultural treasures, active exploration and natural beauty, the Great Western Greenway boasts Norman castles, medieval ruins and a Viking settlement. If you prefer to hit the waves, there’s no better place for the surf than the “cold paradise” of Bundoran, which boasts the ideal breaks, peaks and waves.

If you want to get your hands dirty, why not try a WWOOFing holiday, where you taste a dose of farm-life by living and working on the land. Or you can spend a day behind the scenes in Seal Rescue Ireland in Courtown, County Wexford, where you will get to know the seals, learn how to prepare food and feed them, and get hands-on experience of caring for the centre’s orphaned, sick and injured animals.

After a busy day of sustainable adventures, you’ll need a good meal. Strawberry Tree in County Wicklow emphasises the “slow food” ethos, promoting sustainably sourced, local produce.The ever-changing menu reflects the seasons and is Organically Certified, meaning it contains natural ingredients, and promotes healthy soil, landscape and habitats.

Has anyone in our Community suggestions for more sustainable activities in Ireland?
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What a great post, Antoine, sustainable travel is so important to preserve our green island and beautiful planet!
It already starts with slowing down and being conscious of your surroundings.

Ireland has a wealth of restaurants with sustainability at their forefront, since the green island has so much to offer in terms of produce.
The forerunner of sustainable cooking has to be Paradiso restaurant, a vegetarian restaurant that opened all the way back in 1993 with an emphasis on seasonable products and local suppliers. 

If sustainable food is your jam, check out Ballymaloe cookery school. You can do 1/2 day courses here, for example to learn how to make your own cheese and yoghurt or a farm to fork course, you can take a tour of their gardens and greenhouses, and try some of the delicious food made by the long term students.

In Dingle, they converted the old fish factory into a virtual immersive experience of the Wild Atlantic Way: you can see sea animals without ever having to visit the aquarium at Wave.

In terms of accommodation, Atlantic Bay Rest, on the coast west of Dingle is unique. The cottage, and since converted greenhouses, were all built by a reverend that settled down here after being discharged in WW1. Now, Atlantic Bay Rest is a series of eclectic small cottages, is very low waste, plastic packaging free, chemical free, and the owners are so committed to sustainability that they are trained seal rescuers for the seal pups that wash up on Atlantic Bay Rest's  private beach!  


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