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Posted by Holly Tuppen at 02:17 on Thursday 07 July 2011
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Less Carbon, More Fun

Newsletter: A word from the editor

This week is The Travel Foundation's Make Holidays Greener Week, which aims to spread the word about how you can help protect the local area and environment while heading off on holiday this year.
Here at greentraveller, we believe that the single most important decision travellers can take to reduce their impact on the environment is to seek alternatives to flying, especially when holidaying in the UK and in Europe. That's why we feature hundreds of holidays from hand-picked specialist operators that are reachable by train and/or foot passenger ferry services from the UK.
We also feature over 350 green hotels and other eco-friendly places to stay, from luxury campsites to 5-star hotels. These places have gone the extra mile to reduce the impact of your stay on the environment.

Our team of dedicated travel writers make sure that every single accommodation listed on the site is committed to protecting the environment, giving you the freedom to relax and enjoy yourself. From green hotels in England and self-catering cottages to exciting European adventure holidays, we ensure that the trips we feature keep the environmentally footprint of your holiday down to a minimum. 
What's more, we take that extra step and help you plan your journey by either train or ferry (or both). Check out our Plan your Journey by Train and Plan your Journey by Ferry sections to see just how easy it is to get around the UK and Europe using public transport.

Less Carbon, More Fun!

Richard Hammond

Photo: VisitWales


10 June: greentraveller's Holly Tuppen presents the Greentraveller Award to Nicholas Crane at the Green Tourism Awards

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4 July: Richard Hammond's article on wild swimming is the cover story in the Guardian's Green magazine

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Places to Stay: Late Availability Special Offers

Tír na Fiúise Cottages, Co Tipperary, Ireland

The Annexe at The Old Furnace, Staffordshire, England

Cloud House Farm, Andalucia, Spain
Tír na Fiúise Cottages, Co Tipperary, Ireland
The Annexe at The Old Furnace, Staffordshire, England
Cloud House Farm, Andalucia, Spain
Book a stay at Hawthorn cottage, a part of Tír na Fiúise Cottages, which can be rented as a one or two bedroom option, for the month of August and receive a free box of organic veg and eggs upon arrival. Experience rural life, dabble in a bit of farming and try out the delicious restaurants and pubs in Terryglass village. Book a summer stay at mid season prices at this relaxing self-contained annexe, overlooking a trickling brook and hillside. A fantastic base for woodland walking, cycling and birdwatching. Relish the peace and quiet and sit outside in the lovely lawned garden. Stay at this secluded off-grid mountain yurt hideaway located deep in the hills of the Andalucian Rio Genal Valley. Perfect for peace and quiet, flora and fauna or adventure with river pools, hiking, mountain biking, rope swings and day excursions nearby. Book for September and October and get a 5% discount.

Holidays: Late Availability and Special Offers

Stena Line Summer Sale
Book by 15th July

Sea Kayaking in Skye, Rona & Raasay, Scotland 21st August

Sailing and walking around Skye, Scotland
20th August
Stena Line
Sea Kayaking in Skye, Rona & Raasay, Scotland
Sailing and walking around Skye, Scotland
Stena line, one of the world's leading ferry companies, is extending its Summer Sale to Ireland and Britain, to the 15th of July. Book early to experience summer for less, with kids going free on every sailing, every day in June, July and August, free WiFi, free movies and Curious George for the kids.
Explore the fascinating islands which are found on the east coast of the Isle of Skye on this memorable kayaking holiday. With spaces still available from the 21st August to the 26th August 2011. Includes five nights of wild camping, the services of an experienced and knowledgeable sea kayak guide, equipment and transport throughout the trip. Sail aboard the yacht Elinca and explore the remarkable landscapes of Skye on a complete circumnavigation of the island. Head ashore to see the spectacular coastline, glens and mountains and discover the wonderful marine wildlife of Scotland’s west coast. Snap up your place on the 20th August - 26th August 2011 trip.

Featured Accommodation

The Dovecote Barns, York, England

Glynmeddig Barn, The Brecon Beacons, Wales

Merryfields Barn, Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons, Wales
The Dovecote Barns, York, England
Glynmeddig Barn, The Brecon Beacons, Wales
Merryfields Barn, Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons, Wales
Multi award winning 18th century barns, on a 500-acre arable farm, with home-made country kitchens and luxurious en-suite bedrooms. Unwind in the countryside beside the River Ouse, enjoy Al Fresco dining or hop on a bus to York city centre. A terrific bunkhouse offering group accommodation, ideal for family and friend celebrations or those looking for a base for an activity holiday. Spend joyful summer days with a BBQ on the terrace, keep the kids and teens occupied with the games room and try out the various footpaths.
A four star barn built to a high specification by local craftsmen with beautiful views of the River Usk, Black Mountains and historic Crickhowell town. Make the most of the Japanese square bath after a long walk, watch the myriad of birds which fly overhead and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Top posts from our award-winning blog this month

Introducing: The Brecon Beacons

Last-minute Rail Tour Adventures

Review of Trevyr Barn, Brecon Beacons, Wales
 Introducing: The Brecon Beacons
Last-minute Rail Tour Adventures
Trevyr Barn, Brecon Beacons
We're delighted to announce that over 30 terrific holidays and accommodations in the stunning Brecon Beacons have joined greentraveller. A great destination for being active with walking, cycling, sailing and canoeing at your fingertips, and for visiting churches, traditional Welsh villages and castles. In association with Great Rail Journeys, we’re offering some limited availability packaged rail tours for 2011 that mean you’ll not only beat the crowds, but be guaranteed a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. There's a wide range to choose from, from the vibrant Marrakech Express by train to the scenic medieval castles and railways trip in Wales.  Tom Watts visits a contemporary self-catering eco-barn in the Brecon Beacons countryside and discovers: 'People come to Trevyr Barn because it is a luxury barn in a stunning location. There's a long list of cycling, walking and other activities, but you could just as happily spend your time lounging around and enjoying the views at your doorstep.'
Introducing: The Brecon Beacons Great Rail Journeys
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