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Green Holidays in Ireland

The verdant scenery of the Emerald Isle is the setting for many a green getaway, from rustic cottages to cultural centres and luxury eco-hotels. Ireland's appeal is endless, with beautiful scenery, stunning coastline, welcoming pubs and a famously friendly populace.

Ireland is also easy to get to and around without flying. To travel to Ireland by ferry from the UK, see:

Ferry from Holyhead (northwest Wales) to Dublin
Ferry from Swansea (south Wales) to Cork

For a complete guide to how to travel to Ireland without flying, see Irish green travel writer Catherine Mack's expert guide: 
How to Travel to Ireland without flying as well as her great tips for the first time visitor to Ireland

Ireland hosts a lovely range of great green places to stay, including eco hotels, quaint cottages and luxury country homes. See our guide on how to tell if your hotel is green.

Relaxing yoga breaks, walking holidays in picturesque Burren National Park, and leisurely canoeing along Barrow River, an ancient Irish trade route, are just some of the great holiday options on offer on the Emerald Isle.

Featured below is our selection of some of the best green places to stay and great holidays to enjoy in Ireland, all reachable without flying:

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Travel by ferry to Ireland


Our detailed ferry journey planner shows you how to take the ferry from Great Britain to Ireland , detailing where to change, prices, timetables, journey times and how to book tickets. Click on the links below for the following journeys:

Ulysses & Swift Ferries crossing the sea to IrelandUlysses & Swift Ferries crossing the sea to Ireland

More places to stay in Ireland

Ballynahinch Castle Exterior Shot

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Connemara, Ireland

Ballynahinch Castle is a deluxe four star hotel located on a 450 acre estate with an award winning restaurant, private salmon fishery and miles of scenic walks. Friendly, elegant, but not fussy.
40 Bedrooms including 3 Suites. Mix of double & twins

Low Season from €140 per room per night. High Season from €190 per room per night. Both rates bed & breakfast.

Lough Anure Cottage

Lough Anure Cottage, County Donegal, Ireland

This wild, mountain landscape of Donegal is stunning and this redeveloped property is in a lovely position on the edge of Lough Anure. This cosy, stylish accomadation is very green and peaceful and is situated well for outdoor activities.
One

£0 - £289 - 2 night stay, £0 - £664 - 7 stay

Creevy Cottages in South Donegal Ireland

Creevy Cottages, South Donegal, Ireland

Traditional stone cottages (restored with flag stone floors and cosy fireplaces) overlooking the wild Atlantic coastline of South Donegal. An ideal spot to get away from it all. Great for families and groups.
1 Double/Twin ensuite and 2 x Dbl/Twins

Jul/Aug; Large Cottages (6) €799, Small Cottages (4) €699; Rest of year: Large From €499-699, Small: €399-599 Wk/end/Mdweek Rates Available Prices All inclusive - linen, towels electricity

Salmon Leap Farm exterior

Salmon Leap Farm, Glenflesk, Killarney, Kerry, Ireland

A beautiful, secluded 300-year old, family run B&B just outside Killarney, south west Ireland, with a heritage site on the property dating back to 500AD. An ideal base to explore Killarney National Park, Ring of Kerry, Dingle and west Cork.
6:1 double, 4 twins/doubles, 1 triple

From €70

Moville Beach House

Moville Beach House, County Donegal, Ireland

One of the finest holiday homes in Ireland, this contemporary luxury Beach House is surrounded a beautiful landscape The extensive decking area to the front takes full advantage of the panoramic sea views, it is possible to spot seals.
Four

£759 - £999 short stay, £1450 - £1899 week

Exterior of Donegal Cottage in Donegal

Donegal Cottage, NW Ireland

A secluded and traditional Donegal cottage over looking overlooking Lougheraherk lake near the coast of North West Ireland. Discover fantastic local beaches, friendly people and the kind of Ireland touristc areas lost decades ago.
Sleeps 3: Master double & single room

£167 - £247 - for a 2 night stay. Price based on two guests, 5% for each additional guest

More holidays in Ireland

Moutains near Lough Allend Adventure centre

Lough Allen Adventure Centre, Ireland

On the shores of Lough Allen, the Centre offers kayaking, windsurfing, hillwalking and archery. Or take a truly green wild camping 'Wilderness Therapy' weekend, with raft building, bushcraft and hammocks by the fire.

From €30 - €45 per day

From 1 hour to 1 day multi-activity days
Any day
Group walking uphill in the Burren

Walking the Burren hills at the Burren Yoga Centre, Ireland

An all year round complete holiday package with a lovely balance of time climbing the hills, walks by the sea combined with yoga, tasty vegetarian meals in one of the most stunning settings on the west coast of Ireland, The Burren.

From £265 to £610

From w/e to 6 days
Fri eve to Thurs noon every week June to Sept. Or Fri eve to Sun every week of year
Cycle 1 to 100 miles on a family cycling holiday at Slieve Aughty Centre

Cycling holiday in the west of Ireland

Choose your own adventure and explore the scenic countryside of Ireland on wheels, horseback, or on foot!

From €80 per day based on 2 people sharing

From 1 day to several weeks
Saturday to Saturday, although other start days are possible

A Burren Walking Break at The Boghill Centre, Co Clare

A group walking holiday where you explore Irelands famous Burren National Park and immerse yourself in local culture, heritage, and tradition. Enjoy the music, the dance, the craic, the food, and stay in a friendly eco complex.

€595 per person (private room €655) Inclusive of full bed and board, all refreshments, all walks and tours. Based on a minimum group number of 6 people.

6 days - variable stays can be quoted
April - September 2014 Choose a date to suit your group
Whistle along in County Clare

Whistling Along

A 5 day/night, action packed holiday for families who wish to learn new skills. Try out a selection of activities and explore the beautiful North Clare countryside and coastline. Includes a guided walk and a caving trip + optional surfing, kayaking.

From €495 - Kids go free

17th - 22nd August 2014
17th August
Family enjoying an active holiday in Ireland by sailing

Activity Holiday & Yoga at the Burren Yoga Centre, Ireland

This is an all year round holiday package with daily outdoor activities including surfing, canoeing, hill walking, swimming, sailing combined with yoga, amazing vegetarian meals in one of the most beautiful settings on the west coast of Ireland

From £265 to £610

From w/e to 6 days
Fri eve to Thurs noon every week June to Sept. Or Fri eve to Sun every week of year
Practise yoga outdoors whilst staying at the Burren Yoga centre in Ireland

Outdoor Activities & Yoga at the Burren Yoga Centre, Ireland

A complete yoga holiday package with a lovely balance of time indoors, in the yoga room and in the yoga centre, and time outdoors amongst nature. Enjoy amazing vegetarian meals in one of the most beautiful settings on the west coast of Ireland.

From £265 to £610

From weekend up to 6 days
Fri eve to Thurs noon every week June to Sept. Or Fri eve to Sun every week of year

Get Active in the Burren at The Boghill Centre, Co Clare

An action packed week following your own group tailored programme with walking, farm visits, surfing, yoga, kayaking, ceramics & cob building options, while exploring Irelands famous Burren National Park and enjoying the music, the dance, the craic.

From €595 per person – Shared room (€655 - Private room). Inclusive of full bed and board, all refreshments, all activities. Based on minimum of 6 people

6 days - variable stays can be quoted
From April - September 2014
Ireland stone circle

Relax, Revive and Recover at the Boghill centre, Co Clare

Energise, Rejuvenate, Recharge your batteries, Spoil Yourself Treat yourself and friends/colleagues to a midweek group retreat. 50 hours of relaxation, yoga, meditation, chanting, healing therapies, walking & delicious organic vegetarian food.

€287 including private room, full board, Burren walk, 12 hrs of therapeutic workshops & unlimited refreshments. Based on a minimum group size of 6 people

3 days Dates open
Open
A holistic holiday in Ireland

Inspirational Holidays at The Boghill Centre, Ireland

Relax and enjoy yourself on a typical Boghill holiday workshop while learning new skills and exploring the beautiful North Clare countryside. Choose a focus from Traditional Irish Music, Ceramics and Eco Experience or mix and match your own programme

From €495 Adults €396 Child. Inclusive of bed, full board, tuition, refreshments

6 days
2014 Dates: 27th July - 2nd August : 3rd - 9th August
Walking amongst the wild and beautiful landscape in Ireland

Weekend Yoga Breaks at the Burren Yoga Centre, Ireland

All year round weekend yoga breaks suitable for all ages with a lovely balance of time indoors in the yoga room and in the yoga centre, and time outdoors in nature, amazing vegetarian meals in the most beautiful setting on the west coast of Ireland

From £265 to £610

From w/e to 6 days
Fri eve to Thurs noon every week June to Sept. Or Fri eve to Sun every week of year
Walking with a donkey holidays in Ireland

Walking the West of Ireland

The West of Ireland is known for it's rugged landscape and tranquility. Explore some of the most remote lands in Ireland on foot, and bring a donkey or pony with you to carry your things or a small child!

From €500-€750 per week per person full board

From one day to several weeks
Saturdays year round, although other start days are possible
Meditation in Ireland

Meditation & Yoga at the Burren Yoga Centre, Ireland

All year round relaxing holiday retreat including an introduction to meditation for complete beginners, yoga classes, and time outdoors in nature, amazing vegetarian meals in one of the most beautiful setting on the west coast of Ireland.

From £265 to £610

From w/e to 6 days
Fri eve to Thurs noon every week June to Sept. Or Fri eve to Sun every week of year

An Irish Eco Experience at The Boghill centre

A 5 day interactive “Eco Experience” of nature based and creative activities including Sustainable building techniques, Wild Life Surveying, Organic Gardening, Ceramics, Flax Weaving, Natural Sculpture making and much more.

From €495 all inclusive - bed, full board, tuition, refreshments

6 days
2014 dates: Sun 27th July to Saturday 2nd August; Sunday 3rd August to Saturday 9th August
Irish Sea Kayak Trail West - Follow the Pirate Queen

Irish Sea Kayak Trail West - Follow the Pirate Queen

Discover the best of Ireland’s west coast with us; journeying by kayak we will encounter enchanting marine life. After each day on the water enjoy cosy, warm accommodation on the shores with views of some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland.

£1295

7 days
2015: 27 June, 11 July
Walking the Atlantic Islands of West Cork & Kerry

Walking the Atlantic Islands of West Cork & Kerry

This journey from Kinsale, famous for its excellent gourmet, to the most westerly inhabited island in Europe via beautiful coastal walks and over mountain passes; allows you to visit some of the best restaurants and music‑filled pubs in Ireland.

£1175

7 days
2015: 9th May, 13th June, 25th July
Walking Ireland - The Burren, Aran Islands & Connemara

Walking Ireland - The Burren, Aran Islands & Connemara

Soak up the rich culture and welcoming hospitality of the Irish on an inspiring walking adventure through some of the most scenic countryside the west of Ireland has to offer. Trips start in May when the Burren is in full bloom.

€1245

7 days
2015 - 2nd, 23rd May, 27th June