Northern Ireland (United Kingdom) & Eire
Languages : English, Irish
For more information :
Vagabond Tour Company : a sustainable and respectful tour operator which was the first to achieve Ecotourism Gold Level Certification.
Hiking & Biking : The Mourne Moutains (10.9 miles), WalkNi walking in Northern Ireland, Wilderness Ireland, a company which is supporting nature conservation, local communities and economies, Ireland Walk Ride Bike an eco-friendly company. Cycle Tours Ireland
Absolute Escapes : company which working on reducing their Environmental Impact and offering walking holidays in the UK
If you want to watch wild animals, we have different companies which were certified by Irish Responsible Tourism Awards :
Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre & Nature Reserve : offers to educational tours in a wildlife reserve where we can Watch birds and local fauna.
Atlantic Sea Kayaking : offers to tourists sea kayaking tours.
Seaweed Baths : Soak, SOAKs policy is to cut the plant leaving around 25% of the plant intact and NEVER removing the holdfast. Once the seaweed harvested for SOAK Seaweed Baths has been used in the seaweed bath, is then passed on to a local farmer who uses it as fertiliser.
Places to stay :
Croan Cottages : an eco-friendly accomodation.
Orcad Acre Farm : is the winner of Green Awards 2016
Crann Og Eco Farm (County Galway) : Eco Holidays, Education & Wellness, Self Catering in Cabins, Yurts & Bell Tents Gold Certified Ecotourism Operator
Gregans Castle Hotel : is respecting an environmental Policy as Leave No Trace.
The Dolphin Hotel : certified by EcoTourism Ireland (Gold Level)
Leen Organics (County Clare) : family-run hotel which try to minimise its impact on the natural world.
Ard Nahoo : Eco Cabins & Retrat Yoga School, Irish Responsible Tourism Award 2015 & Green Awards 2015
Fuchsia Lane Farm : was awarded a Gold Medal in the Irish Responsible Tourism Awards (pets allowed)
Cloughjordan Ecovillage : is a registered educational charity and an internationally recognised destination for learning about sustainable living.
Tir Na Fiuise Terryglass (North Tipperary) : rural place committed to environmental conservation, everything is recycled at the farm.
Cultural characteristics :
Orange color is associated to protestants and green to catholics.
Some words to learn (Irish) :
Dia duit « djia ditch » – Good morning
Fáilte « faultcha » – Welcome
Slán agat « slone agueute » – Goodbye
Le do thoil « yeu djau houill » – Please
Go raibh maith agat « go rêve ma agueute » – Thank you
Gabh mo leithscéal « gâ mâ lèche skéél » – Sorry
Tá « teu » – Yes
Ní « ni » – No
Óstán – Hotel
Bialann – Restaurant
Óige brú – Youth Hostel
Ní Chatháin – Coffee
Tacsaí – Taxi
Idirlíon – Internet
Bóthar – Road