Holidaying at home: Your complete guide to green getaways

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From eco-conscious accommodations to farm-to-table dining, Ireland offers a wealth of opportunities for anyone seeking a getaway designed with our environment in mind. In this guide, we’ll explore the best of Ireland’s green destinations, perfect for any upcoming road trip you may have in the works!

Driving in Ireland's countryside

Co. Leitrim

Co. Leitrim offers a fantastic experience for all ages. Local attractions include the enchanting Glencar Waterfall, historic Parke's Castle, and the picturesque Sliabh An Iarainn Mountain. With charming towns like Carrick-on-Shannon and Manorhamilton to explore, Leitrim is a rural destination like no other.

Perfect for solo travellers or couples, Tawnylust Lodge provides a serene oasis where you can refresh, restore and recharge. Designed to be wheelchair friendly, the easily accessible self-catering lodge offers an intimate setting with breathtaking views of Ballinabehy Mountain. The accommodation also utilises passive solar heating, solar panels and energy efficient appliances to limit carbon footprint, and provides a welcome pack for guests which includes local organic and Fairtrade produce.

For larger families, Drumhierny Woodland Hideaway is the ideal forest escape. With several on-site luxury lodges located only a stone’s throw away from the Shannon Blueway, the location is enough to entice any outdoor enthusiast.

The team at the award-winning Lough Rynn Castle makes the most out of fruit and vegetables grown on site. As well as featuring as part of the venue’s unforgettable fine-dining menus, the nearby Eco Shop at The Organic Centre stocks a variety of seasonal veggies, herb plants, garden seeds, tools, books, and an assortment of organic and Fairtrade wholefoods, perfect for any pit stop.

If you’re making the trip in an electric car, there are electric charging points located in Carrick-on-Shannon and Mohill to get you to your next destination.

Co. Wicklow

Discover Co. Wicklow's charm through sites such as the stunning Powerscourt Estate and Glendalough Valley, where you can experience the captivating beauty of the ‘Garden of Ireland.’ With its mix of nature and history, Co. Wicklow is a must-visit destination only 30 minutes away from the sights and sounds of Dublin City.

The BrookLodge & Macreddin Village puts conscious hospitality at the forefront. With the accommodation featuring organic linen, low-energy lighting, and utilising renewable energy sources, this unique village-style resort is also home to The Strawberry Tree, Ireland's first certified organic restaurant with a menu of locally sourced ingredients.

Picture-perfect Enniskerry village is home to Summerhill House Hotel, where a strong emphasis on biodiversity is evident with a ‘Green Team’ in place to manage all aspects of the venue’s green initiatives.

For anyone looking to try plant-based cuisine, The Happy Pear Café and Shop in Greystones focuses on using local produce from their very own farm.

Those traveling in an electric car will be pleased to know there are over 20 EV charging points across Co. Wicklow, with many charging points found in the urban areas of Bray and Wicklow Town.

Co. Mayo

Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Co. Mayo by visiting the ancient Céide Fields, while immersing yourself in the region's rich history and culture. With unique attractions such as the picturesque Achill Island and the charming town of Westport, Co. Mayo offers a truly unforgettable west coast adventure.

Enniscoe House is a beautiful country house nestled within a delightful wooded estate. Dedicated to green practices, this historic property sources its electricity from on-site hydroelectric generators and maintains an organic walled garden to supply the kitchen with fresh produce.

Another excellent choice is the Céide Fields' award-winning Visitor Centre, offering accessible eco-conscious accommodation and an opportunity to learn about the local history. Designed to minimise the facility’s overall environmental impact, the Centre features energy-efficient heating and lighting systems.

Café Rua, a family-owned eatery and delicatessen in Castlebar, is renowned for its commitment to supporting local farmers and artisan producers with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients.

There are currently four EV charging points located across Co. Mayo. And, with plans in the works to install more than 21 new EV charging points in the near future, the county is about to get a lot more EV friendly.1

Now you’re up to speed on all things eco-staycations, check out our top tips to survive a long car journey with children.

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