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EcoTourism Ireland

Ecotourism Ireland is an organisation which was set up to stimulate the development of Ireland ecotourism country side. The label has been designed to guide visitor’s to choose promoters of ecotourism products and the experiences they have on offer. The label has been very much developed with this in mind, in order to ensure that the environmental impacts of approved ecotourism products are minimised. Guided wildlife tours, nature based training courses, instructed outdoor activity, food trails, archaeology tours, hill walking trips.

The EcoTourism Ireland standards for hotels was benchmarked against the GSTC standard.


EcoTourism Ireland is compliant with following hearts of the staygreencheck :




The EcoTourism Ireland standard performed the Greenest Choice, according to the staygreencheck methodology. All the accommodations EcoTourism Ireland will show the four hearts of sustainability.


EcoTourism Ireland is a GSTC ecolabel recognized since October 2012. The certification promotes a dedicated training and dynamic networking support to enterprises within the Irish Ecotourism Sector and offers an in-depth, comprehensive and practical approach to evaluation, training and audit.

EcoTourism Ireland works with three different ecolabel’s levels that has onsite audit: Gold – are at the forefront of the industry; Silver – are highly environmentally and socio-culturally responsible; Bronze – are somewhat low-impact and may incorporate several environmental and social issues in their operation. Training Award is for companies that experiences have had a 2nd-party desk assessment from Ecotourism Ireland, which verified that they have met the relevant criteria but no onsite assessment.


  • The certificate is valid for 2 years
  • Ecotourism Ireland auditing process is done by independent auditors.
  • See Ecotourism Ireland standards here
  • Do you want to know more about Ecotourism Ireland click here


Best practices

The Dolphin Hotel has been awarded EcoTourism Ireland Gold Award, the first award on an Irish island. This award recognises that the hotel Ecotourism approved experiences are highly environmentally and socio-culturally responsible. The hotel is continuously working to better its operations, enhance sustainable travel practices and provide more in-depth interpretation of the natural world.

Dolphin Hotel

Located at Middlequarter, Inishbofin, Ireland.

 Featuring free Wi-Fi and a sun terrace, Dolphin Hotel offers pet-friendly accommodation in Inishbofin, 49 km from Westport. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. Rooms come with a flat-screen TV. Every room has a private bathroom. Extras include free toiletries and a hairdryer. EcoTourism Ireland silver, member. There is free shuttle service at the property. The area is popular for cycling and fishing. The hotel also offers bike hire. Clifden is 18 km from Dolphin Hotel, while Mulranny is 43 km away.


Wineport Lodge

Located at Glasson, Glasson, Ireland.

With a beautiful, peaceful location and stunning lake views over Lough Ree, this 4-star hotel offers total relaxation, with good food, great wine, spa treatments and luxurious 29 air-conditioned rooms. Wineport Lodge is one of few hotels in Ireland offering to pick guests up at the local station if they choose to arrive by train. In the heart of Ireland, three miles (5 km) north of Athlone, Wineport Lodge has a magnificent location, on the shores of the inner lakes of Lough Ree on the River Shannon.


Trinity Lodge

Located at Knockvicar, Boyle, Co Roscommon, Boyle, Ireland.

Trinity Island Lodge not only offers free bicycles to guests but also free canoes. Overlooking Lough Key, Trinity Lodge is 10 km from Kilronan Castle and 9 km from Boyle. King House is 4.4 km away. Trinity Lodge also includes a barbecue. There is a large games room in the house. The house and 20 acres of rugged countryside overlooks Lough Key. Guests can fish and swim at the lake on the grounds of the house. Lough Key Forest Park is less than 8 km from the property. Carrick on Shannon is 15 km from Trinity Lodge, while Arigna Mining Experience is 14 km from the property.


Sandymount Hotel

Located at Herbert Road, Sandymount, Dublin, Ireland.

 Each of the 168 rooms at Sandymount Hotel features an en suite bathroom and a hairdryer. Rooms also include a flat-screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities and an iron. The property has been awarded Eco-Label certification by the Green Hospitality Program. The 3 Arena is less than a 10-minute drive from the hotel. The DART rail link is just a 5-minute walk away and will give you access to the city’s top attractions including Grafton Street, the Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle.



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