Irish Eco-Tourism

Irish Ecotourism Advisors Exploris - Northern Ireland Aquarium

Whale Watch Co. Cork

Sacred Island Tours

Footfalls Walking Tours

Eagles Flying

Award Winning Irish Nature Tours

The Burren Perfumery


Irish Eco-tourism and Sustainable Resources

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We've included a number of walking tours on this page because we have found the guides on these outings are frequently experts on the local fauna and flora.

We are also happy to include projects that promote the use of sustainable resources in Ireland.

Ecotourism Tours and Attractions -

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Over the past 10 years, Eddie has been studying different courses on Nature, Wildlife, Eco-Living and Renewable Energy. Because imecofarm is situated in such a favourable location, on the Fergus Estuary, across from Dromoland and Shannon, it has a great variety of habitats and biodiversity.

Imecofarm is a place for people to visit for a relaxing walk, see the renewable energy displays at IslandMcGrath House, or attend an eco course.

Ballymaloe House - Nestled in a 400 acre estate in rural East Cork, Ballymaloe House is only 20 miles from the historic city of Cork, and minutes from the breathtaking south coast. Ballymaloe House is renowned for its restaurant's use of local, fresh food.

An Taisce
Our extensive website tells you about the environment and planning in Ireland, and explains What We Do nationally. It contains fascinating pictorial information about Your Area and tells you What You Can Do to help.

Ashford Castle Hotel

It is our pleasure to include Ashford Castle, one of the most exclusive luxury hotels in the World and the former home of the Guinness family, as a new listing on our ecotourism page.

Ashford Castle has recently been given the bronze award for attempting to make the hotel carbon neutral and is working toward a silver award for next year.

We think this is admirable because Ashford Castle is also one of the finest resorts in the world and needs no additional acclaim. We at Tour Clare find this work on their part attains the highest standards for Irish ecotourism.

Badger Watch Ireland
Welcome to the Badgerwatch Ireland's website. Badgerwatch is a non-profit organisation dedicated to Badgers. Badgerwatch are actively involved in Badger conservation, Badger welfare issues and of course, Badger Watching. In short, this site has everything you've ever wanted to know about Irish Badgers.

Bat Conservation Ireland
On this site you can find information on bats in general and Irish bats in particular - where you can find them, what different species there are, why they might be roosting in your roof, how they might affect developers.

You can also find out about bat-related events, and contact us should you require any further information or advice.

Birdwatch Ireland
BirdWatch Ireland (BWI) is the trading name of the Irish Wildbird Conservancy (IWC) formed in 1968. We are the the leading voluntary conservation organisation in Ireland, devoted to the conservation and protection of Ireland's wild birds and their habitats.

BWI has over 10,000 active members and supporters, and a network of 20 branches throughout the country actively promoting the importance of birds and habitats, and general conservation issues.

Blaney Spa and Yoga Centre Ireland
Some of the finest views over lough erne.

Bray Strollers
Situated close to the Wicklow Mountains the club makes full use of this wonderful amenity with walks provided on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

At times we travel to other parts of the country; from Carrauntoohill to Slieve League, from Mt. Leinster to the Mournes, yes the 4 corners of the country, literally. Some of our members climb abroad giving the opportunity for exploring mountain ranges across Europe.

Bryson Charitable Group
Northern Ireland's oldest community-based social services and environmental charity. We are committed to identifying and developing sustainable responses to existing and emerging social and environmental need.

Burren Life
The Burren is one of the most important and best-known landscapes in Europe due to the wealth and diversity of its natural and cultural heritage. As a result, much of the Burren has been designated as part of the Natura 2000 Network under the EU Habitats Directive.

The Burren Perfumery
The Burren Perfumery creates a variety of perfumes and soaps from the renewable resources of Ireland's wild Burren area. Keen on protecting the natural resources of the Burren, owners Sadie Chowen and Edward Biggs gather and distill natural flowers and herbs to produce unique fragrances from Ireland. Protected Burren species, such as the Fragrant Orchid, are grown for them in mirrored habitats but all ingredients in their perfumes and soaps are natural.

Celtic Spirit Tours
Celtic Spirit offers cultural holidays in Inishmore (Inis Mor), Ireland. We specialize in walking tours, Celtic heritage courses, Single Holidays, Irish singing and dancing, basket making and archaeological tours.

Cloona Health Centre
Secluded yet accessible, restful yet energizing, these residential detox programmes provide an opportunity to reflect, refresh and rejuvenate.

Conservation Volunteers Northern Ireland
For over twenty years, Conservation Volunteers Northern Ireland has been helping local people improve their local environment.

Coole Park and Garden, Galway
The National Parks & Wildlife Service welcomes you to Coole Park which, together with the adjoining Garryland, is a Nature Reserve of approximately 405 hectares (1000 acres). The seven woods celebrated by W.B. Yeats are part of the 6 kilometers of nature trails taking in woods, river, Turlough, bare limestone and Coole lake.

CRANN works to make people aware of our trees, hedgerows and woodlands promoting sustainable and bio-diverse woodlands and encouraging the development of a vibrant Irish wood culture.

Butterflies of Ireland
This site contains a photographic guide to the Butterflies of Ireland. The butterfly species are divided into four groups: Small, Brown, White and Multi-coloured butterflies. There is a section entitled  'General Information' which should be read first, as among other information, it gives details of the format of this guide.

Comeragh Mountaineering Club Dominican Farm and Ecology Centre
The Dominican Sisters established the Dominican Farm and Ecology Centre in 1998 on their 70-acres of land in Wicklow. It is an organic/biodynamic farm and Centre for Ecology and Spirituality.

Eagles Flying
Situated amid the beautiful landscape of the North-West of Ireland, Eagles Flying, Ireland's biggest sanctuary for birds of prey and owls offers you incomparable impressions of majestic raptors soaring over one of the most lovely locations to be found.

The Irish Raptor Research Centre is a scientifically managed institution specialising in Birds of Prey. We also serve as a hospital for injured specimens of birds and other wildlife brought to us. We are working closely together with other Zoological Gardens breeding endangered species for release-programmes.

Free-flying demonstrations with different birds of prey such as eagles, hawks and falcons twice daily at 11 am and 3 pm lasting one hour each and that there is also a pet-zoo

Protecting and enhancing local biodiversity - A principle objective that underlies our activities is the need to re-establish the significance and diversity of natural habitats in Ireland's rural environment.

Ecotourism Ireland
Watch our official launch on YouTube October 4th 2012, Dublin. We provide high quality dedicated training and dynamic networking support to enterprises within the Irish Ecotourism Sector. We are only one of 14 Companies recognized by Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria.

Exploris - Northern Ireland Aquarium
The Seal Sanctuary affords the visitor the opportunity to view the process of rehabilitation of rescued seal pups from their arrival through to full health when they are re-introduced to the wild.

Footfalls Walking Tours   
Offers you everything from mountain peaks to lush green valleys, broad-leaved woodlands and a rugged Atlantic coastline. Ireland has less then four million people and hill walking being a relative new pursuit means that we virtually have the hills to ourselves! Back in the villages you will encounter the homely warmth of the local hospitality-fine food, music, and 'craic.'

Fox Watch Ireland
Since its launch in 2000, the Foxwatch Ireland website has picked up awards from the following. These awards are dedicated to all the foxes that have been torn apart by foxhunters, gunned down by shooters, poisoned and snared by farmers and run over by motorists.

Friends of the Earth, Northern Ireland
Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland campaigns for environmental justice and inspires people to take action to improve their lives.

Friends of the Earth, Republic of Ireland
Friends of the Earth campaigns for environmental justice and sustainability. We believe in sustainable development - meeting the needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Ground Beetles of Ireland
This web site is based largely on the book The Ground Beetles of Northern Ireland, Anderson, R., McFerran, D., & Cameron, A. 2000. This site is another step along the way to encouraging interest in Irish ground beetles. It extends the book by including more illustrations of the species and providing a means to produce updated distribution maps.

The Gyreum
Ireland's first ecolodge to be awarded the EU Eco-Label for tourist accommodation offers a feast of events over the coming months.

The Heritage Council
The Heritage Council was established as a statutory body under the Heritage act 1995. Its role is to propose policies and priorities for the identification, protection, preservation and enhancement of the national heritage.

National Heritage is defined as including monuments, archaeological objects, heritage objects such as art and industrial works, documents and genealogical records, architectural heritage, flora, fauna, wildlife habitats, landscapes, seascapes, wrecks, geology, heritage gardens, parks and inland waterways. The Council has a particular responsibility to promote interest, education, knowledge and pride in the national heritage.

Irish Bird Images 
We like to share our Irish birding moments with digital images displayed on our site. Some are common and rare visitors to our shores, with the added interest of foreign birding. Updated weekly.

Irish Council Against Blood Sports
Campaigning for an end to foxhunting, hare coursing, carted deer hunting and all forms of hunting animals with packs of dogs.

Irish Dragonflies
They actually have a book on the history of Irish dragonflies and links to other dragonfly sites.

Irish Seed Savers
The ISSA is a voluntary organisation dedicated to the location and preservation of traditional varieties of fruit and vegetables. The Association maintains a seed bank which distributes seed of these non-commercially available vegetables, as well as a network of heritage potatoes. We pass them on to members so that they can learn to save them and in this way ensure a living agricultural legacy.

Irish Wildlife Trust
Conserving Ireland's wildlife and habitats

The Lisnavagh Timber Project grows, sources, conditions and supplies fully traceable home-grown Irish hardwood timber, from sustainable resources, to Ireland's furniture makers and woodworkers.

Lough Gur
Lough Gur is one of Ireland's most important archaeological sites. The visitor centre tells the story of Pre-Celtic Ireland dating back to 3000 BC. The interpretation includes a slide show, imaginative exhibition models and interpretative panels.

Megalithic Ireland   
Ancient pathways, etched in unyielding earth since time immemorial reveal the hidden secrets of this mystical landscape. Stone walls, built with care and skill, remind us that this place was once densely populated. Here and there ruins of stone-built cottages stand deserted, relics of a famine-ravaged past. There potato beds lie; ridge and furrow, beneath the purple heather where early nineteenth century toil yielded crops. History walks ivy-clad cloisters where monks once forged a golden age of learning for the darkness of the middle ages.

This is a new web site of some of the most popular Hillwalking and Mountaineering routes in Ireland. It is not a walking guide and therefore should not be used for planning a trip! More detailed walking guides are available in selected bookshops and adventure sport outfitters.

Mountaineering in Ireland
Official site of the Mountaineering Council of Ireland, the national body
representing hillwalkers and climbers in Ireland.

Mountain Meitheal
Mountain Meitheal is a group of volunteers who undertake conservation and restoration projects on our mountain and forest paths and trails. In Mountain Meitheal we are attempting to counteract some of the pressures, that are evident on our mountains, by working with the various landowners including, Duchas (the National Park Service), Coillte (The Irish Forestry Board) and private landowners.

Mourne Wall Walk
Built over 18 years between 1904 and 1922, the 22-mile Mourne Wall encloses 9000 acres of land which drains into the Silent Valley and Ben Crom reservoirs.

The wall covers 9000-plus feet of ascent, rising and falling over 15 mountains including Slieve Donard, Slieve Commedagh and the ever popular Slieve Binnian. While it provides a physical challenge to complete in one day, it is unquestionably the greatest long walk in the Mournes, providing views and memories unsurpassed in Northern Ireland.

Munster Hill Walks
This site contains a just a small selection of the many hill walks available in the Munster area. All walks have been logged using a GPS so it should be possible to repeat any walk using a map and a compass. All walks have been conducted on a preplanned basis in a group with an experienced walk leader.

National Parks and Wildlife Services
Irelands natural heritage is an integral part of our national inheritance and forms part of our sense of identity, providing resources of social, educational, recreational and aesthetic value.

Northern Ireland Environment Link
Forum and networking body for organisations interested in the environment of Northern Ireland.

Notice Nature
Ireland's public awareness campaign on biodiversity. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity and to encourage everyone to play their part in its protection. This will help halt the damage being done to our plants and animals and the landscape, waters and habitats in which they live.

The Organic Centre
Established in 1995 as a non profit making company with the aim of providing training, information and demonstrations of organic gardening, growing and farming. The Centre is located on a site of 19 acres in Rossinver in the unspoilt countryside of North Leitrim. Each year since 1995 has seen significant developments at the Centre.

Powerscourt House and Gardens
Formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statuary, ornamental lakes, secret hollows, rambling walks, walled gardens and over 200 varieties of trees and shrubs.

Sacred Island Tours   
Welcome to the Sacred Island, a collection of ancient megalithic sites, mythology, art and astronomy, with some virtual tours, by artist and researcher Martin Byrne.

Sacred Site Tours   
Journey through a lush green land of rhododendrons (in May); foxglove & fuchsia (in July thru October) & heather (in August & September) - a mystical, mysterious land filled with mystery, legend, folk-tales & mythology. The mountains and loughs we visit are homes of the gods & goddesses & reverberate with energy.

Slieve Aughty Riding Centre
Kylebrack West
Loughrea, Co. Galway
Tel: 090 9745246

We offer family holidays focused on horse riding, walking and/or cycling, and we have been environmentally conscious for our entire 25 years. The centre was started by Esther Zyderlaan, who brought her passion for the Earth and her organic gardening experience to the centre. We feed all our guests with our own organic vegetables and fruits and raise meat, along with loads of other things.

Strangford Lough
Strangford Lough is a large (150km) shallow sea lough situated on the east coast of County Down, Northern Ireland. The Lough's northern tip is only about 6 km from the outskirts of Belfast.

Sustainability Magazine
The Sustainability Institute is the parent organisation from which the Sustainability magazine was conceived. The Institute is committed to the propagation of ideas central to the concept of sustainability, and to providing a forum for appropriate training and instruction. (Europe)
A UWalk guided walk is ideal for single travellers, couples, or groups of friends. Our group sizes are small usually about 10 to 16 people.

Vasco Dine Wine Deli & Eco Adventure
Craggagh, Fanore, Co. Clare
Tel: +353 (0)85 1411646
During the day, Vasco is the place for a wholesome breakfast, the best coffee in the region, an alternative "take" on lunch and later for a glass of wine or a cold beer and a mezze plate.

Whale and Dolphin Group
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group is Dedicated to the Conservation and Better Understanding of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoise in Irish Waters.

Whale Watch West Cork - All our trips are oriented towards education and putting forward the wider marine conservation message.
We especially emphasise the impact of climate change, unsustainable fishing practices and pollution on all marine life but especially the impact on marine mammals that are at the top of the food chain.

A portion of all proceeds taken in on the tours goes towards research and we actively contribute towards the research fund of the IWDG. We strive towards carbon neutrality through the combined use of computer controlled low emission engines, purchasing carbon credits and contributing towards tree planting.

Wicklow Mountains National Park
Wicklow Mountains National Park is part of a mountain range that extends over most of County Wicklow on the east coast of Ireland. The upper slopes and rounded peaks are blanketed with heath and bog.

The open vistas are interrupted only by forestry plantations and the winding mountain roads. Fast-flowing streams descend into the deep lakes of the wooded valleys and continue their course into the surrounding lowlands.

World of Owls - The primary aim of the "World of Owls" is to ensure the survival of owls throughout the world.

WWT Castle Espie Wetlands Centre - The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is the UK's only specialist wetland conservation charity with a national network of wetland visitor centres. WWT is a world leader in the protection of ducks, geese, swans and flamingos and the wetlands they inhabit.