The term Eco-friendly and being green may be new to the travel world, but Ireland has a long history of sustainable, nature based and culturally sensitive travel choices. If you are looking for Eco-friendly activities, transport, accommodation and organic food, Dublin, Ireland is a good choice for your next holiday. Upon arriving in Dublin, the largest city in Ireland, Eco-conscious travelers will find a large selection of green options to choose from.
Eco-cab offers “free” short distance city center travel everyday between 10am and 7pm, it’s emission free and free of charge! Or you can brave the city on your own (not advisable) and rent a bio-diesel car with Atlas or Dan Dooley car rentals. The local public light rail transportation and biking are recommended.
There are many hotel options such as the 4 star Stillorgan Park Hotel that recently won the Silver Green Hospitality Award 2 years in a row. This hotel is stylish yet committed to implementing practices which prevent waste and encourage a green lifestyle. Maybe you are a backpacker and want an Eco- friendly hostel. The Avalon House Hostel is 3 star and located in the city center, only five minutes from Temple Bar, the heart of Dublin’s nightlife. This hostel uses wind energy to power the hostel and has full recycling facilities.
Dublin is a great base from which you can take one day Eco Tours. No crowds in large coaches and you can discover the hidden back road’s of Ireland. There are many companies offering tours such as Hiking to Slieve League ( highest sea cliffs in Europe) or surfing on the coast in Donegal. Visit the Rock of Cashel or Kiss the famous Blarney Stone. All of these tours are offered via veggie-oil fueled Eco Bus !
Last but not least, is the abundance of organic and local market type restaurants popping up all over the city. Fantastic food options are a must for any memorable vacation to Europe and Dublin does not disappoint. Recently featured on Anthony Bourdain’s no reservations show, the King Sitric Seafood Restaurant in the East Pier Howth district is committed to fresh, local and quality seafood. Listing the fish offered on the menu in six languages! In addition, the Alexis Bar & Grill, The Mermaid Cafe and the newly opened Dawsons are all restaurants where you can find vegetarian, organic and local fare.
Ireland’s natural beauty has always been it’s biggest attraction and so the locals and tourists are fighting to keep it that way. Go Raibh Maith Agaibh (Thank You in Gaelic) to Ireland for keeping the Emerald Isle green for the next generation of travelers!
Written by Carla Scott for EuropeUpClose.com