Sustainable Practices

As a member of a self-sustaining network of enterprises within the Burren it is central to our strategy that our operation adheres to, and promotes the concepts of sustainable tourism. To compliment this ethos we grow, forage and produce many of our own foodstuffs, do our entire baking in house, and source other foods from local, regional, sustainable sources. 

Working Together 

Incorporating a ‘green’ approach for service use is achieved by using local providers. Bike hire and guided Eco tours operated by Burren Fine Wine & Food use local guides and the resources of the local bicycle shop. The internal design of the premises has exclusively supported the work of local craftspeople. The services required for the day to day upkeep of the premises is always sourced locally. To support the sustainability of other entrepreneurs within the community we provide a shop and gallery space for local artists, craftspeople, musicians and producers to showcase their products and services. What foodstuffs we don’t produce ourselves is primarily sourced from locally from sustainable sources eg. farmer’s markets, direct from the farm, local cheese makers, butchers and fishers.

A Cared-for landscape

We actively participate in conserving our natural and cultural heritage by adhering to the principles of Leave No Trace. These principles of leave no trace appear on our website, in the staff training manual, are related to all our guests and as part of our outdoor activities.

Additionally, we grow, maintain and utilise foods indegenous to the region.

A Well-understood heritage

We offer quality information and interpretation to communicate our stories and the unique character of our place to guests. This happens on the premises as print materials and direct conversations with our guests, as well as, being incorporated into our cycles and walks.

Vibrant Communities

We work to ensure that tourism makes a positive social contribution to both our visitors and our local, and regional community. As a member of Burren Ecotourism Network we take part in an annual Mitheal/ clean of / payback scheme. This is a little thank you or pay back to the farmers in the local community that allow guided walks through their land. We encourage visitors to stay another day and actively promote the area by offering information on things to do and places to stay in the area.

Additionally, Burren Fine Wine & Food source items from producers along the Wild Atlantic Way if ingredients cannot be purchased locally. This business approach strengthens relationships between local and regional producers and forges a pathway for future collaboration.

Strengthened Livelihoods

We contribute to the local economy by maintaining and supporting local employment, by sourcing services and produce locally wherever possible, and by engaging with other businesses in promoting our region as a sustainable tourism destination. We are the present holders of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Green Purchasing Award.

We are actively involved in promoting our local area through Geopark and Burren Ecotourism Network, Ballyvaughan Community Development, Burren Beo Trust, Ballyvaughan Tidy Town and Village Hall Committee. We volunteer on the Adopt a Hedgerow programme since 2015 undertaking to keep a specific stretch of road near our business clear of litter.

Sustainable tourism management 

We work to an Environmental Action Plan, which includes regular monitoring our waste, water and electricity which informs our target usage. We regularly update our food miles and work to make purchases that reflect our ethos of sustainability.