The global ecotourism market was valued at a little over $181 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach $338 billion by 2027. This figure proves that the number of people who are eco-conscious while travelling is increasing each year. The Global Ecotourism Network (GEN) defines ecotourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and creates knowledge and understanding through interpretation and education of all involved: visitors, staff, and the visited.” County Clare in Ireland, with its wildlife, history, geology, heritage, and scenery, fits GEN’s description of a travel destination. Here are some suggestions on how to design and arrange a family holiday in picturesque County Clare.
Bed And Board
Instead of staying in a traditional hotel, opt for an eco-lodge. Though County Clare is not that remote, living within its quaint villages while on holiday will give your family the experience of countryside life. A true eco-lodge should be able to provide power that comes from renewable energy sources and energy-efficient lighting. Toiletries and amenities supplied must be eco-friendly while towels and linen are organic. Cleaning services should also be using organic cleaners. Recycling services are another essential. When it comes to food, produce should be locally sourced.
A ramble or a walk is one of the best eco-friendly ways to see scenic County Clare. Chaperoned or self-guided walks will immerse your family in the natural beauty of Loop Head, the Cliffs of Moher, or Burren. A guided walking tour is recommended for first-time visitors to take pleasure in hearing about local history and culture. The Irish do have a knack for narrating tales. Walking around will also give your family the chance to interact with the locals. Cycling and horse riding are other ways to enjoy the scenery. E-bikes are also available to rent.
Sustainable Holiday Activities
Birdwatching at the Cliffs of Moher will be an awesome experience for the whole family. There’s also a ton of water activities you will absolutely enjoy while helping save the planet. There’s kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and surfing. If it’s not your first time visiting and you’d like to take some roads that are less travelled, there are at least 2,300 forts, 130 megalithic tombs, 190 castles, and 150 ancient churches you can visit.
With good planning and a little research, you can have the best eco-holiday in Ireland. Make sure all family members know and practice the principles of “leave no trace” while visiting.