Are you becoming more conscious about your impact on the environment? Trying to reduce, reuse, and recycle more than ever? If you have children at school, they may be part of ‘Green Schools Ireland’ looking at ways to reduce their use of plastic, energy, and water.
With all this happening at home and school, it makes sense that your family want to support sustainable tourism when you are planning your holidays and weekends. We wanted to help you find some great options through The Green Irish Road Trip.
What is the Green Irish Road Trip?
The Green Irish Road Trip is a campaign we ran to find a lucky family and send them on a 10-day road trip of a lifetime to Clayton Hotels in Galway, Sligo, and Dublin.
We chose the Morrison family to join us on this amazing adventure. Gordon and Amy are both enthusiastic about the environment, Amy is an environmental artist and Gordon rescues seals in his spare time. They have two sons, Seth who loves the water and Lughaí who loves art and animals.
Over the holiday the Morrisons took part in great sustainable family activities around Ireland, from a bee farm to a fairy pig walk and loads of exciting activities in between!
Travelling the sustainable way in the Kia EV6
As part of the campaign, the Morrisons had the opportunity to borrow a brand new, Kia EV6. It is Kia’s flagship family all electric vehicle. The Morrison’s loved the sleek SUV from the start. The EV6 was a smooth, quiet drive-in luxurious comfort that everyone looked forward to returning to. It also had the boot space for all the luggage a family of four need on a 10-day holiday. The range was best of all, at over 500km, the Morrison’s only had to charge the car twice during their holiday, impressive considering they crossed the country!
The Morrison’s second stop was in the family friendly Clayton Hotel Sligo. After thoroughly enjoying the wonderful facilities in the hotel from the indoor swimming pool to crazy golf. Lughaí loved the play tent in their family room in Sligo so much, he slept in it!
A Sligo cycle with North West Adventure tours was their first activity.
North West Adventure Tours Cycling
Is there a more sustainable form of transport than pedal power? The Morrison’s paid a visit to the family friendly Doorly Park in Sligo. They were met by North West Adventure Tour guide Barry and four super light, comfortable bicycles! Everyone had a fantastic time exploring the lakes, woodland, and wetlands in Doorly Park. Along the way they had fabulous views back to Sligo town and across the mountains on the car free cycle paths.
What is North West Adventure Tours doing to be more sustainable?
Northwest Adventure Tours Cycling are committed to limiting their impact on the environment as much as they can through reduce, reuse, recycle practices.
Family Ticket: €90
Sligo Surf Experience
Let us be honest, have you even been to Sligo if you do not have a surf lesson? We don’t think so and neither did the Morrison’s so their next port of call was Sligo Surf Experience for a dip in the Atlantic. Heavy duty wetsuits kept the chill of the water away. Everyone had an amazing time having a go at surfing. Amy’s abiding memory was how they all ‘laughed and laughed and laughed, during the hour-long lesson!’ The whole family loved how patient the instructors were with everyone, especially Lughaí as he struggled a little in the beginning. But, by the end of the hour, it was seven-year-old Lughaí who was able to stand up on his board!
After their lesson, everyone took part in a 2min beach clean with Seamus, just one of the ways Sligo Surf Experience are more sustainable.
On the way back to the hotel the Morrison’s detoured to Streedagh Beach, overlooked by the iconic Benbulbin, where dinosaur fanatic, Lughaí found loads of fossils!
What is Sligo Surf Experience doing to be more sustainable?
Sligo Surf Experience organise regular beach clean ups, promote Clean Coasts and the principles of Take Three for the Sea and Leave No Trace.
Family Surf Lesson: €150
Want to make amazing memories like these? Book your family break in the Clayton Hotel Sligo today!
What are Clayton Hotels doing to be more sustainable?
Finally, we are also working hard to reduce our impact on the environment. Clayton hotels are members of Green Tourism who specialise in helping hotels become more sustainable. Over 80% of Clayton hotels received a Gold Award following recent audits. So you can book your family break in Ireland with Clayton Hotels knowing we are striving to reduce our impact on the environment.