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Code of Practice for Sustainable Tourism

Here at Kilshanny House we understand how privileged we are to be situated in such a beautiful and historic part of the world. We see it as our duty to ensure we do whatever we can to sustain and protect the region for future generations of tourists to enjoy. We are committed to constantly reviewing our practices to become a progressive and engaged member of the Geopark community

Working together

We collaborate with all stakeholders to collectively develop the Geopark as a sustainable tourism destination. We endeavour to attend and participate in as many training and networking events as possible and join any relevant Burren Eco Tourism sub groups

A cared-for landscape

We actively participate in conserving our natural and cultural heritage. We have a wildflower area in our garden and compost as much green waste as possible. We aim to take part in future clean ups and adopt a hedgerow scheme and have adopted the ‘Leave no Trace’ principles on site and encourage and educate our guests in same.

A well-understood heritage

We offer quality information and interpretation to communicate our stories and the unique character of our place to guests. Staff are educated in the history of the building and area. We aim to have maps and information on the area available to guests at all times. Much of our artwork on our walls is by a local botanical artist and is of Burren flora and fauna.

Vibrant communities

We work to ensure that tourism makes a positive social contribution so that it benefits our community as well as our guests. We are committed to becoming a key member of the local community. We aim to become a place for both tourists and locals to enjoy in equal measure. We support as many local suppliers as possible and are constantly looking to source local ingredients for our menu wherever possible.

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 aim to provide both full and part time employment to many people in the area. We are constantly searching for the best local produce and our goal is to showcase that the food and suppliers in the area are up there with some of the best in the world.

Sustainable tourism management

We work to an Environmental Action Plan, which includes actions and targets for improvement that are reviewed annually. We have effective systems for monitoring and adequately managing our waste, water, wastewater, energy, travel impact and purchases. We ensure to separate our waste and recycle as much as possible. We are always looking at methods for reducing our energy usage and converting to renewable energy where possible. We encourage the use of electric vehicles with our car charging port and cyclists with our bicycle rack.

Kilshanny House is committed to constantly re-evaluating our practices to ensure that we are as environmentally friendly as possible. We will ensure all staff are trained and educated  regularly to help us meet our goals and objectives. We will comply with all relevant legislation and review our practices and produce an environmental plan annually. We will constantly monitor our waste and energy consumption and actively seek to improve at all times. We will seek to educate and encourage our guests to respect the area and learn about what they can do to assist us in our efforts to become a valued member of the Burren Eco Tourism Network.