Some tips for a greener staycation

Date published: 7 August 2020

OK, so the ongoing restrictions may have made them more of a necessity than a choice, but Ireland really is an ideal location when it comes to staycations. There are few other countries in which you can access such a range of amazingly diverse destinations in the space of just a few driving hours. Stunningly natural beauty spots, areas of huge historical interest and the warmest of people; Ireland has it all right here on our doorstep and there has never been a better time to take full advantage.

Choosing to holiday at home also has the further benefit of boosting the Irish economy at this time when it is so desperately needed.  After an incredibly difficult summer, pubs, restaurants and hotels will need and appreciate your custom now more than ever before.

Of course, ‘Staycation-ing’ also has the added advantage of having a much-reduced environmental impact, mainly through the elimination of long plane and ferry journeys. Keen to make your break as green as possible? We have compiled this handy list of top tips to help make your break make even more eco-friendly;

  1. Don’t forget your reusable water bottle (a no brainer). Check out ie before you leave for places to fill up!
  2. Heading to the coast? Why not take a little time to do a #2minutebeachclean?. It will boost your feel-good factor for the whole break.
  3. Remember your reusable coffee/tea cup – Check out consciouscup campaign for a list of places which accept them or watch cloudpicker coffeesvideo on how to buy your coffee in a safe and contactless way.
  4. Take reusable straws. There are a range of these now available on the market. I particularly like these foldable ones which come in a handy carry case from ie.
  5. Pack your own shopping bags to bring home all those lovely locally made goodies!
  6. Checking out the local recycling facilities before you set off will allow you to leave with a clear conscience.

Though it can be difficult to plan a trip at present because of shifting Government guidelines, the following locations should remain unaffected (outside county travel permitting). If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to check one or more of them out why not make this the year that you do?!

  • Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare – Few experiences will make you feel as alive as the rush of the Atlantic wind on your face as you take in this stunning seascape which has long been the inspiration for poetry and song – Just don’t get too close to the edge!
  • The Wild Atlantic Way, West Coast of Ireland. Opening up what were primarily disused railways has made some of the most unspoiled areas of natural beauty along the west coast more accessible than ever. There are other amazing greenway trails for walking and cycling located in Waterford and Limerick.
  • Stairway to Heaven Walk, Co. Fermanagh. With a name like that, you just know you are in for a treat! This popular walk is certainly worth a visit when next up north.
  • Cliff Walk Trails – Some of the best can be found at Knockadoon Cliff Walk, Co. Cork, Ardmore Cliff Walk, Co. Waterford, Howth Cliff Walk, Co. Dublin, Rosses Point, Co. Sligo, Ballybunion Cliff Walk, Co. Kerry

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