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 ticket office – and actively support and engage with them to provide more services.
- We support environmental 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.
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 flooring in our bedrooms is from sustainable forests and all our duvets and pillows are eco-certified.
- We promote a healthy hearty breakfast.
- 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 air tightness tape. This 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 we zoned our main building for heating and developed an active daily-management procedure.
- We installed LED light bulbs and CFL bulbs throughout the building and ground, adding motion and present detectors to public areas where possible. We estimate our lighting bill to be under €400 for a year for both our buildings in total.
- In 2012 and 2013 we added extra insulation to attics, crawl spaces and internal walls where renovations have taken place.
- 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 clothes line. 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.
- In 2018 we will be adding solar panels to provide the majority of our hot water.
- As we continue 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%. We are currently reviewing our washing powder and testing the use of soap nuts which are 100% natural and environmentally friendly.
- We added water meters to our laundry in 2014 and will use further sub meters in areas of significant water usage. This allows us to monitor use and see where and how we can improve. 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.
- In 2017 we upgraded our treatment plant with new distribution piping to increase the effectiveness of the filter bed.
- In 2016 we upgraded our grease traps to improve the removal of grease and reduce the burden on our waste water treatment plant.
- All our bins are segregated; we compost all our food waste, and recycle where possible.
- In 2014 we reviewed our menus in our Caféé and structure them to minimize waste in preparation.
- We are active supporters of Doolin Tidy Towns and participate in their many initiatives.
- All our waste water is treated in a natural Puraflo peat treatment plant.
- We are a collection point for used batteries. Please leave them on our kitchen window collection point and we will dispose of them for you.
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.
- In the Inn, 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.