Over the past number of years, I’ve had reason to visit these fabulous ecotourism spots. I’d have no hesitation in recommending them to you – if you recognise in yourself the type of person who constitutes their “target market”. Not everywhere might suit your tastes, but one of them surely will.
Ard Nahoo Health Farm * Eco Cabins * Yoga * Retreats
Visit and relax in Noeleen’s piece of heaven in Leitrim’s hillsides. I could go into the details, but, to be honest, there’s no need. Everything she does is positive and well thought out, yet calm and relaxed at the same time. If you like your yoga, health retreat, relaxation, but want to avoid the formulaic offer of today’s soulless, white-painted hotel spas and all that goes with them, drop in here.
The Gyreum Eco Hostel
More than slightly strange, peculiar and down right odd mound-shaped eco hostel, The Gyreum, run by Colum, is out on a hill in southern Sligo, overlooking Carrowkeel megalithic tombs. A great place to have some craic and chill in a style of accommodation you simply will not find anywhere else on this planet. If shared living is not for you, then look elsewhere.
Crann Óg Ecological Holidays and Classes
Flor and Marion run a beautifully located rural yoga space, eco accommodation and organic garden. With a back drop of wonderful native woodland, this place is really special. The amount of work that has been put in is surpassed perhaps only by Flor’s ability to entertain and tell you all you want to know about nature, spirituality and environmental education.
Léim Siar Bed & Breakfast, Self Catering
Hannah and Gerry’s B&B and self catering apartment are situated at the very tip of Mayo’s awesome Mullet Peninsula, beyond Belmullet town. Hannah is dedicated to moving her place towards ecotourism. She already has solar panels and geothermal heating in her lovely modern house. If it’s a spectacular ocean setting you’re looking for, then take the long drive to Léim Siar. When you get there, you’ll know it’s next stop America.