We are very lucky to live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world – in the
heart of Doolin and the Wild Atlantic Way, surrounded by the Burren and Cliffs of
Moher UNESCO Geopark. With this right comes a great responsibility to protect
our landscape – for you and future generations to enjoy. We’re not perfect but we
believe every little bit helps and are committed to improving on our efforts each
and every day.
As testament to this, we’re proud to say we have won many awards, including:
Responsible Travel and Tourism Accommodation of the year 2014
Responsible Travel and Tourism Best Energy Improvement 2014
TripAdvisor Green Leader Gold – 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark, Geopark LIFE Award Best Improvement Code
of Practice for Sustainable Tourism Provider 2014
Green Hospitality Awards Gold Award 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Local, Community, Conservation
Our community and its people are the cornerstone of a successful, sustainable
tourism business. With this in mind…
- We focus on creating employment that our team can be proud of.
- We actively promote the Leave No Trace philosophy.
- We actively patrol the street and bus stop in front of our properties for litter and encourage our staff to pick up any litter they see.
- We support environmental sustainable transport by providing the local Bus Eireann Bus stop, bus information – and actively support and engage with them to provide more services.
- We support environmentally sustainable tourism and have special rates and have negotiated special conditions with local activity providers and attractions for our guests.
- We focus on promoting ‘local’ and are very conscious of the social-economic positive effects it has for our village and community. From hiring local tradesmen to buying from the local hardware store and buying in the best local fish – all facets of our business have a direct impact on the quality
of lives of our community.
- In developing and operating our business, all decisions take into consideration our impact on our local environment whilst improving our guest experience.
- We are an active committee member of Doolin Tourism, Burren Ecotourism Network, Doolin Community Council, and Burren Volleyball Team
The Burren Ecotourism Network
Doolin Inn is a proud member of the Burren Ecotourism Network, a recognisable network of tourism enterprises in the Burren, who have achieved independent accreditation, demonstrate ecotourism ‘best practice’, positively discriminate in each other’s favour, provide ‘one voice’ representation on issues impacting the Burren (where appropriate), and inspire conservation activism.
Both organisations are committed to the promotion of responsible tourism that conserves the environment and improves the well being of local people. They work together to promote ‘The Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark’ as a leading sustainable visitor destination, celebrated for high standards in visitor experience, conservation and learning. See Burren.ie for more details.
When purchasing equipment we consider its use and alternatives and purchase the highest energy efficiency possible.
- When purchasing equipment, we consider its use and alternatives and purchase the highest energy efficiency possible.
- We employed local carpenters to make our bed-heads and some of our furniture – crafted from wood from sustainable forests.
- All our duvets and pillows are eco-certified.
- We promote a healthy hearty breakfast and support local artisan producers.
- We promote local produce both through our menus and in what we stock in
our convenience corner.
- We monitor our cleaning chemicals and use Diversey cleaning products which have waste-minimising control systems.
- We have our own herb garden, using its wonderful produce to add flavour to many of our dishes.
In 2016 with our new extensions and renovations to old sections we have made sure our insulation exceeds the required specification – including walls, windows and attic spaces, through use of high-spec windows and airtightness tape. This is in order to reduce our heating requirement.
- To provide hot water and heating in the main building, we have recently installed two 50kw highly efficient condensing gas boilers.
- We installed high efficient wood-burning stoves to heat our common areas, purchasing wood from local sustainable forests. This has eliminated the use of old and inefficient coal-burning stoves.
- In 2013 and 2016 we zoned our main building for heating and developed an active daily-management procedure.
- All our lighting is LED and senor lighting where possible (eg. Stores, hallways)
- In 2013 we added a variable speed pump to our hot water and heating
system – so that water pressure is only applied when required. This also
increases the efficiency of getting heat to rooms.
- Where possible, we have added timers – to control wastage such as outdoor lighting.
- In 2013 we reviewed our laundry-drying procedure and reduced our average drying times by 25-35% through the use of gas dryers and an added clothesline. This has helped reduce our use of gas dryers.
- We monitor our gas, electricity and oil – benchmarking, year on year, against international best practice properties.
- The results in 2019 versus 2018 – we have reduced our energy consumption from 1.54kwh per visitor to 1.1kwh a reduction of 23%.
- As we continued to renovate and extend from 2011 -2017, we added penny values to each tap which enables us to control the flow of water to the tap. In emergencies where a tap is faulty or leaking, we can immediately shut it down until it is fixed.
- In 2014 we added water saving shower heads to maintain water pressure. We are able to ensure an enjoyable shower experience whilst reducing water waste by 60%.
- In 2013 we reviewed our in-house laundry procedure, reducing our water consumption by 20-30%.
- When purchasing new machines we focus on the water consumption.
- In our gardens, we raised flower beds where possible and added local hardy plants which can survive naturally.
- The Results: Since 2013 we have maintained our water consumption to 122l per sleeper, or 60l per visitor. Although we have increased our standards from a hostel to a 4 star hotel and added a coffee shop, complimentary breakfast banquet. Adding a lot of extra services and comforts.
- In 2017 we upgraded our wastewater treatment plant with new distribution piping to increase the effectiveness of the filter bed. In 2018 we replace our Puroflo Peat bed and added an extra 30% bed above requirement to give extra filtration.
- In 2016 we upgraded our grease traps to improve the removal of grease
and reduce the burden on our wastewater treatment plant.
- All our bins are segregated; we compost all our food waste and recycle where possible.
- In 2014 we reviewed our menus and structure them to minimize waste in preparation.
- We are active supporters of Doolin Tidy Towns and participate in their many initiatives.
- We are a collection point for used batteries.
How You Can Help
- Embrace the Leave No Trace ethos to ensure all enthusiasts enjoy the countryside while minimising their impact.
- Experience the variety of healthy activities Doolin and its surrounding area has to offer.
- Once you’ve enjoyed the local attractions, take your trash home with you and we will dispose of it for you.
- Simple things make a big difference such as:
◦ Turn off water taps when not in use, such as when you are brushing your teeth.
◦ Segregate your waste, with landfill in bathroom bins, recyclables in bedroom bins. Please leave all glass and batteries on your bedroom table and we will dispose of them for you.
◦ Try to avoid having the heat on in your bedroom if you have the window open.
◦ Turn off the lights when you leave the room and close the door behind you.
◦ Buy local and check out our location section for a number of great shops.
We are enthusiastic and committed to being environmentally-conscious, and love learning new ways in which we can make a difference. This is part of our ethos of ‘improving a little every day’. We would be delighted to hear of any suggestions you may have to help us continue our efforts.
Leave No Trace
Practising a Leave No Trace ethic is simple. Make it hard for others to see or hear you and LEAVE NO TRACE of your visit. To learn more about the Leave No Trace programme, click the button below.
Our Goals for 2019-2020
Nov 2019 we are redeveloping the Doolin hostel into the Doolin Townhouse – a deluxe 6 bedroom (5 suite) townhouse focusing on a high-quality experience opening Summer 2020.
- All external walls are getting an additional 50mm solid insulation.
- All ceilings an extra 50mm solid insulation and where appropriate 50mm acoustic insulation. In all attic spaces an extra 150mm metac wool insulation.
- Internal walls where appropriate an additional 100mm wool insulation.
- All walls and ceilings will be slabbed and plaster with extra care taken for noise reduction and thermal loss.
- All windows will be replaced with high thermal value triple glazed windows.
- New external doors with high thermal value.
- All new internal doors from sustainable forests.
- All furniture where possible from sustainable or reclaimed materials.
- Energy waste minimised via Smart Technology, LED lighting, Sensors, and Controls.
- Our goal is to have an A-rated building from what was previously an E rated building. 2020 – 2022 = Review the consumption of fossil fuels in our main building, looking to minimise our reliance on Natural gas for heating, hot water, cooking etc. This will be a major project.
Reduction in Waste, Water, Energy consumption:
By 1 st March 2020 and maintain thereafter.
- Reduce our waste by 20% per sleeper, regarding landfill, food waste, recycled materials.
- Implementing better control systems to highlight all our usages, setting movable monthly targets.
- Reduce our Water consumption by 5% annually.
- Reduce our electric consumption by 10% by reviewing all our procedures and processes and finding better solutions and controls.
- Reduce our LPG gas consumption by 10%.
Community, local purveyors, Accessibility
- Although we prioritise local and community as a core to our purchasing policy. We believe we can always do better. Winter 2019 we will review all our purchasing and quantify it as a percentage and set targets to improve.
- We will continue working with local community groups and support local initiatives as they arise.
- For 2020 we will review how we can be more accessible for all guests. We will be developing videos or our property, to showcase what we offer to be more welcoming for guests with Autism. Adding a pet-friendly room, and an additional room with better access for those with mobility disabilities.
- For our team as a whole, we will focus on training and providing information to better understand our area and give them the tools and knowledge to achieve our goals.