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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:

Pyjama Factory

Pyjama Factory, Bushmills, Northern Ireland

Located in the peaceful, friendly and convenient centre of Bushmills near restaurants, pubs, cafes and shops, The Pyjama Factory is just minutes from the Old Bushmills Distillery and the Giants Causeway World Heritage site and the Causeway Coast.
prices from £180

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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:

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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 quaint cottage is situated in the picturesque mountains of Donegal, right next to Lough Anure. Eco-friendly with pretty modern interiors, this is the perfect rural retreat.
One

£636.00 to: £736.00 (based on two staying)

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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
year around
Walking through the floral on Sherpa Expeditions self-guided walking holiday

Walk the Wicklow Way | 7 Days

Walking in Ireland at your own pace from Wicklow Mountains National Park, via the city sights of Dublin and The Guinness Estate and Enniskerry on this self-guided holiday which covers 79 miles of the Wicklow Way.

From £715pp based on twin sharing

7 Days
Departures daily from March to October

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
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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
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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
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
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
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
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
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

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
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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

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