About Us

"Green Travellers have more Fun"

Launched in 2013 greentravel.ie promotes businesses across Ireland who work hard to achieve good or best practice environmental management. These businesses, often small, are doing fantastic work to attain and progress along various levels of environmental improvement and, where relevant, certification. They have invested time, energy and money to operate responsibly and we feel they deserve recognition and support. Obviously you do too which is why you’re using greentravel.ie to find somewhere to eat, sleep and have fun!

GreenTravel.ie was set up to provide this link between responsible hospitality and tourism businesses in Ireland and like minded travelers.  Some online accommodation providers and tourist agencies offer a ‘green filter’ option but there was not one specific website that listed these green businesses together and so we decided to fill that gap.

We are committed to finding and promoting businesses that operate responsibly and at the same time we encourage those yet to adopt a more responsible approach to make changes and come over to the green side!

We really believe that Green Travellers do have more fun as our listed businesses take a much greater level of care and attention than mainstream hospitality businesses.  Our members want to be here for the long haul and recognise that they must work to embed sustainability within their operation which generally means that visitors get to experience a real slice of Ireland - be it our fabulous landscapes, our culture, our stunning local food or that particular gem of hospitality that is at the heart of the Irish welcome.

Our approach to listing businesses is 2 fold.  We recognise a number of responsible and sustainable programmes that operate in Ireland (See list below)  Some of these are environmental certification programmes (such as GreenHospitality.ie) whilst others incorporate sustainability principles within their membership requirements.  GreenTravel.ie ahs reviewed each of these programmes and are confident that they are well managed and check that their memebrs are engaged.

For small and micro businesses and others who either do not fit within any current programmes or where a formal programme is not suitable we offer the GreenTravel.ie Approved label.  Businesses must tell us what they are doing and must also tell you the visitor through their website and when you visit them.  This allows many of these passionate and commited people present their service or product under the Green umbrella.

We are always aware that not everyone delivers what they promise and we ask you, our visitors, to tell us if any of our listed businesses don't deliver on the promises they have made.  

We also work closely with our colleagues in Failte Ireland, Tourism Ireland and other agencies to ensure a joined up approach to responsible tourism in Ireland and are committed to placing Ireland at the centre of Responsible Tourism internationally.

If you would like to tell us about a business you feel could be listed with us or if you are a business that would like to get involved please contact us at info@greentravel.ie – we’d love to share your green story.

Our special thanks must go to the Environmental Protection Agency (www.epa.ie) whose funding allowed us to develop this site.

Recognised Programmes:
GreenHospitality.ie Programme - Eco-labels or Award   GreenTravel.ie Approved                  
ISO 14001 EMAS
BS 8901/ISO 20121 EU Flower
Good Food Ireland Slow Food Movement
EuroToques Burren Ecotourism Network
Ecotourism Ireland GEO - Golf Environment Europe
Green Tourism Business Scheme (UK) Sustainable Restaurants Association
Bord Bia Quality Schemes/Origin Green STEP
Greener Festivals Programme Green Destinations Programme
   


Facilities:

When you see these icons underneath a members listing they are telling you what services/facilities they have.  Hover over each icon for a simple explanation.  More information about each business can be found in their full description and on their website.

restaurant  

Restaurant facilities

bar lounge

Bar/lounge available

wifi

Wifi 

leisure centre

Leisure centre/gym 

spa

Spa 

wheelchair

Wheelchair accessible

babysitting

Babysitting service 

room service

Room Service 

pets allowed

Pets are allowed 

ecar

eCar Charging Point in the grounds 

parking

Parking available 

meeting rooms

Meeting rooms 

adult only

Adult only property


Activity Icons:

When you see particular activity icons under a listing it means that the business has in-house knowledge and particular skills in this activity and can organise/book these activities for you, often at reduced prices. Hover over each icon for a simple explanation

cycling

Cycling facilities/activities nearby

walking

Walking facilities/activities nearby

equastrian

Equestrian facilities/activities nearby

extreme watersport

Extreme water sports facilities/activities nearby

snorkelling

Snorkeling facilities/activities nearby

surfing

Surfing facilities/activities nearby

rowing

Row boat facilities/activities nearby

whale watching

Whale & dolphin watching facilities/activities nearby

sailing

Sailing facilities/activities nearby

angling

Angling facilities/activities nearby

golf

Golf facilities/activities nearby

shooting

Shooting facilities/activities nearby

historical

Historical locations nearby

irish dancing

Irish Dancing activities/classes nearby

craft classes

Craft classes nearby

cultural activities

Cultural activities nearby

irish music

Irish Music sessions/classes nearby

animal advertures

Animal adventure activities nearby

cookery classes

Cookery lessons nearby

food trails

Food trails nearby

 

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