Environmental Plan

Water

Our water is supplied by Clare County Council.

We are planning to have a 20% reduction in 2014 by monitoring our usage on a monthly basis and we are implementing a towel policy for all rooms and installing aerators on all our taps.

Waste

  • We separate all waste into different areas.
  • Glass and plastics into the bottle banks.
  • Paper and cardboard into the recycle bin which is collected ever second week.
  • Uncooked vegetables and fruit go to the compost.
  • Food waste is collected ever second week.
  • We aim to add an extra bin in guests rooms for recyclable rubbish and plan our menus to reduce food waste.

Energy

Our electricity is supplied by Airtricity

We have solar panels which heats the water for showers and general use.

We plan to replace all new bulbs with either LED or CFL bulbs.

Green Purchasing

We like to purchases our products from as many local suppliers as possible.

For our meat we purchases from the local butcher who uses local farmers, smoked salmon comes from the Burren Smoke House and our eggs are local free range eggs.

Sustainable Transport

Public Transport

Lisdoonvarna is served by a regular daily bus service with Bus Eireann, the timetable can be viewed on www.buseireann.ie

The Burren and Cliff of Moher Geo park provide more information about getting to and around the burren so take a look a http://www.burrenecotourism.com/getting-here/

They also have a free app for all smart phones – it is worth downloading if you are planning a trip around the burren.

Cycling

There are many places to hire bicycles locally and it is a great way to see the Burren.

The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geo Park

The Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark is committed to the promotion of responsible tourism that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people. Working to align tourism and conservation interests, the Geopark’s strategy is to support and promote a sustainable tourism model that has positive economic benefits for the area whilst also minimizing negative impacts on the environment.

Its objective is to establish the Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark as a distinctive destination, using quality and sustainability as key differentiators. This may be achieved through supporting businesses who subscribe to a sustainable tourism ethos, who undertake ecotourism training and who work towards the achievement of independent, third-party certification. It may also be achieved through supporting the development of new tourism initiatives in the region that meet social, economic and environmental criteria for sustainability.

Leave No Trace

Leave no trace Ireland is a network of organisations and individuals with an interest in promoting the responsible recreational use of the outdoors. As increasing numbers of people seek the beauty and exhilaration of outdoor recreation, our collective mark of the environment and its natural processes, increases. Litter, distrubance ot vegetation, water pollution, wildlife, livestock and other people are all indicators of the need to develop a national ethic that protects both natural and cultural heritage. Techniques designed to minimise the social and environmental impacts to these areas are incorporated into the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Education Program.

The Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geoopark is partnering with Leave No Trace Ireland to identify and target opportunities for reducing environmental impact in recreational activity within the region.

The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace:

At the heart of Leave No Trace are seven principles for reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities. These are:

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Be Considerate of Others
  3. Respect Farm Animals and Wildlife
  4. Travel and Camp on Durable Ground
  5. Leave What You Find
  6. Dispose of Waste Properly
  7. Minimise the Effects of Fire

Leave No Trace Ireland promotes and inspires responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships. The program strives to build awareness, appreciation and respect for Ireland’s natural and cultural heritage and is dedicated to creating a nationally recognised and accepted outdoor ethic that promotes personal responsibility.

It encourages all outdoor enthusiasts (e.g. walkers, mountain bikers, canoeists, orienteerers, horse riders) to do their part to maintain those lands used by the public for the benefit of the environment and for future generations.

Practicing a Leave No Trace ethic is simple.

Make it hard for others to see or hear you and LEAVE NO TRACE of your visit or

Leave no trace of your visit take nothing but memories.

In co-operation with this initiative I have completed Leave No Trace Awareness Training and are now an official Leave No Trace Partner.