European Nature Tours, Green Hotels and Ecotourism Attractions

Irish Tourism

Tourism has long been a vital part of the European economy and still remains so even with the recent surge in pharmaceutical and technological light industry.

Today, Europe is positioned in the forefront of European ecotourism, and governments there are keen on protecting their heritage of natural beauty.

Listed on this page are Ireland Green Hotels who were members of The Cleaner Greener Production Programme in Ireland until it was ended in 2007 by the Irish Government. 

We still promote them because they took the time and effort to pursue carbon neutral policies.

Cleaner greener production aims to reduce consumption of resources and avoid generating pollution.

We hope you will visit these magnificent properties and support them also.

 

Irish Nature Tours and Attractions

Car Hire in Ireland

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

This objective will be achieved by rescue, conservation, education, research and restoration of their natural habitat.

Carlow

Altamont Gardens - Known as the most romantic garden in Ireland, Altamont is an enchanting blend of formal and informal gardens located on a 100 acre estate.

Clare

Art at the Park
Art at The Park is a tranquil, calm and creative environment offering weekly and weekend art courses in a beautifully situated studio, overlooking Lough Graney and the mountains beyond.

Shannon Region Trails (Self Guided)
The Shannon Region Trails website provides detailed directions and maps for a variety of trails and includes information on EcoWalks, which explore the wonderful biodiversity of the Shannon Region and take the walker on a delightful journey through areas of stunning nature, old woodland and small villages.

Old Ground Hotel  Old Ground Hotel
O Connell Street
Ennis

The Old Ground Hotel's magnificent ivy clad exterior retains all the splendour of a bygone age while inside all the conveniences of a modern hotel prevail.

The location of the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis provides visitors with the perfect base to explore County Clare and the beauty of the West of Ireland.

Some of the activities on offer include a visit to the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Lahinch seaside town, golfing, fishing to name but a few.

Annes Grove Gardens, County Cork - Famous, privately-owned gardens open to the public during the summertime.

Ballymaloe Cookery School Gardens - There is a lot more here than our cookery school. The entire garden is managed organically.

Bantry House and Garden - A house and garden dating from 1740.

Fota Arboretum - This formal garden contains an extensive collection of trees and shrubs.

>Hillside Garden - This mature 4-acre garden has won the top national award in Ireland 1996 and again in the year 2000.

It consists of a large, sloping Plantsman's Garden, featuring Beach, Pines, Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Magnolias, wood land plants and exotic grass.

Two ponds large rockery with waterfall, Scree beds and many gravel areas and a newly planted gravel bed in the old orchard.

Many Australian and South African plants flourish in the garden.

Whale Watch West Cork - All our trips are oriented towards education and putting forward the wider marine conservation message.

Down (NI)

Exploris Aquarium and Seal Sanctuary - To date, the Exploris Aquarium in County Down has helped over 200 injured and sick seals recover.

The Green Living Experience - Eight zones will be at the event ranging from local food in the Food Village to Swedish massage at the body and Soul Zone. There will be an outdoor adventure at the Children and Young Persons Zone and you can even learn how to make honey at the Bio-diversity Zone.

Mourne Heritage Trust The region is currently designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is proposed as Northern Ireland's first National Park.

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.

Dublin

Fitzpatrick Castle
Killiney

Location: Experience the magic of the 18th century Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel in Killiney, Co. Dublin. 

Enjoy the charm and elegance of the south Dublin coast, Killiney, Dun Laoghaire and Dalkey with their gourmet restaurants and cosy pubs.

Situated at the brow of Killiney Hill, and just nine miles from Dublin's bustling city centre, Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel is easily accessed from both Dublin Airport and Dun Laoghaire ferry port.

Mountain Meitheal - We are currently working on the old stalkers' trail built by Charles Stewart Parnell's family up along the Carrawaystick River in Glenmalure.

This route, commonly known as the "Zig Zags," is popular with hikers going up and down Lugnaquilla, Leinster's highest mountain.

Visitors who wish to volunteer are always welcome providing they are over 18 years of age, healthy and don't mind getting dirty.

They will need weather gear for the Irish hills and boots.

 A change of dry clothes is highly recommended for the visit to the pub afterwards.

They should bring a hot drink and lunch for the day out.

Mountain Meitheal provides work gloves and tools.

The Dillon Garden - Created by gardening writer and broadcaster Helen Dillon and her husband Val, this home garden combines a chorus of lovely plants with the warm and inviting personality of the Dillons.

Galway

Ballynahinch Castle, GalwayBallynahinch Castle
Ballynahinch

As one of the premier luxury Castle Hotels in Ireland, Ballynahinch Castle is located at the heart of the Ballynahinch Estate at Connemara, Galway.

Comprising of 450 acres of beautiful woodlands, gardens, lakes and rivers. This sporting country estate offers a secluded retreat of peace for any visitor.

Ballynahinch Castle and Connemara both offer a wealth of activities and pursuits. Whether you�re looking for a relaxing vacation in Ireland or an active hotel break in the West, there is something to suit everybody no matter what pace you prefer.

Pony trekking, hill walking, cycling, golfing and shooting are all close at hand. Please contact reception who can organise pony trekking on the beach or contact the walking centre for guided walks through the Twelve Bens.

Connemara Coast HotelConnemara Coast Hotel
Connemara

The Connemara Coast Hotel enjoys one of the most breathtaking locations in Ireland. Perched overlooking Galway Bay yet just ten minutes from the Galway City.

With extensive grounds that sweep right down to the shores of Galway Bay and panoramic views across the Bay, the Burren and in the distance, the Aran Islands, this is the ideal place for that special break.

Aran Islands - A timeless land in an endless sea, weathered monuments on awesome cliffs, great labyrinths of limestone, meandering walls, patchwork fields, quiet beaches and a welcoming island people.

No vehicles are allowed on the Islands from the mainland.

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).

Killashee House Hotel, KildareKildarestrong Killashee House Hotel
Killashee
Naas

This majestic Victorian Manor house, dating back to 1861, evokes an image of bygone days, a time in our history when appreciating the finer things was considered an art form. From the hotels beautifully appointed guestrooms to the indulgent services offered by the Country Club, there is much to pamper you and much to experience.

Killashee House Hotel is set amidst 80 acres of manicured gardens and woodland, with magnificent views over the Wicklow Mountains and Kildare countryside.

Leitrim

>Ireland's Green Holiday Experience- Come to the Green Box and enjoy a new experience, you will be staying in a developing eco tourism destination.

Established in 1995 as a non profit making company with the aim of providing training, information and demonstrations of organic gardening, growing and farming.

Limerick

Castle Oaks LimerickCastle Oaks
Castleconnell

Welcome to this little "Piece of Heaven."

Set in 26 acres of beautiful countryside on the banks of the River Shannon, the 4 star Castle Oaks House Hotel is proud of its reputation as one of the finest hotels in Limerick.

The hotels location is idyllic, situated in the picturesque village of Castleconnell just 10 minutes from Limerick city and 30 minutes from Shannon Airport. This haven of tranquillity offering you a chance to escape the pressures of everyday life and relax in the surroundings of our Georgian Manor House with an ambience of old world charm, comfort and spaciousness.

Mayo

Ashford Castle Hotel

Cong

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.

Meath

Knowth - The Megalithic Passage is located in the present day County of Meath on the east coast of Ireland.

The Boyne Valley Mounds at Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth were built around 3200 BC making them older than Stonehenge in England and the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.

Loughcrew House and Historic Gardens - Rich in historical, archaeological, religious and natural interest. One of ancient Ireland's major roads passes through Loughcrew, crossing the great Road of the Chariots nearby.

Tipperary

Abbey Court Hotel Tipperary Abbey Court Hotel
Nenagh

Nestled in the unspoiled greenery of the Shannon region, offering style, comfort and elegance, extensive conference & banqueting facilities, a lively bar & night-club and a new Leisure & Fitness Club, the Abbey Court hotel is the ideal place to stay, whether you are travelling for business or pleasure.

Chief amongst Nenagh's attractions is Nenagh Castle, constructed by the Fitzwalter (also known as Butler) family in the 13th Century, and one of the finest of its kind in Ireland. Also worth a visit is the ruined Franciscan abbey.

Many outdoor sporting activities are also available on the hotel's doorstep, including golf, fishing, boating, sailing, horse-riding and cycling.

Waterford

Faithlegg House Hotel, Waterford Faithlegg House Hotel
Faithlegg

This hotel in Waterford is housed in an 18th century mansion in Waterford Ireland which has been restored to provide luxury accommodation in Ireland's magnificent South East.

Faithlegg House Hotel Waterford offers the perfect combination of luxurious guestrooms and self-catering accommodation, well appointed conference and banqueting facilities, superb leisure, health and beauty amenities, with a championship parkland golf course in Waterford, one of the more challenging golf courses in Ireland. It is a true haven of tranquillity.

Wexford

Kilmokea Country House and Gardens - The gardens at Kilmokea, which cover some seven acres, fall into two distinct parts.

Around the house are formal walled gardens and set into the stone wall a heavy wooden door leads you into the magical world of the lower garden.

The owners, Mark and Emma, offer guests organic and home-grown produce direct from their garden.

Wexford Ecotourism - Situated on the North Slob, Ireland's premier wildfowl reserve, covers 550 acres, and is located at the western end of the 2,400 acres of land claimed from the sea in 1847.

Wicklow

Hunting Brook Gardens - Hidden in the foothills of the majestic Wicklow Mountains, lies Hunting Brook - a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.

Killruddery House and Gardens - Killruddery is unique in having one of the most extensive early formal gardens, still in their original style, surviving in Ireland, largely laid out in the 17th century and added to in the 19th century.

Mount Usher - Like all the great gardens of Ireland, Mount Usher offers varying pleasures at different seasons of the year. Rhododendrons in Spring, a blaze of Summer colour and the wistful tints of Autumn, all elegantly set off by the crystal waters of the river.

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.