As a tourism provider and employer in the heart of the Burren we are very aware of the impact our business may have on the environment and we are actively taking steps to lessen any negative impacts.
We are members of the Burren Ecotourism Network. This organisation and its members work together with the aim of ‘’establishing the Burren as a premier internationally-recognised sustainable tourism region’’ and supports continued training, mentoring and independent accreditation.
The Burren Ecotourism Network (B.E.N.) has formed a partnership with the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark which has UNESCO – supported Global Geopark Status. As members of B.E.N. we have attained the Geopark Sustainable Code of Practice for Tourism.
The Code of Practice highlights the importance of Sustainable Tourism, Working Together, Caring for the Landscape, Understanding our Heritage, the creation of Vibrant Communities with Strengthened Livelihoods and Sustainable Environmental Management and includes Ongoing Training. We provide training to our staff to raise awareness of our Sustainable Tourism policy. We monitor our Energy and Water Consumption and Waste Disposal.
We constantly aim is to reduce our consumption of Energy and Water and to help our guests to do the same.
We carefully monitor our Waste Disposal and aim to minimise the quantity of waste going to landfill.
Our kitchen purchases much of its produce from many excellent local food producers.
We support the principles of the Leave No Trace organisation and strive to encourage our guests to play their part in this environmentally respectful code.
We encourage our guests to walk or cycle and provide them with bus and rail service information, thus possibly eliminating unnecessary car journeys. Encouraging and supporting local initiatives is something we are always open to and happy to be involved in.
Our awareness of and desire to support sustainable tourism in the region means that we will continue to lobby policy makers at a local and national level.
Hylands Burren Hotel,
The Square, Ballyvaughan,
Co. Clare, Ireland
(065) 707 7037