We cater for:
Tourists & Back-packers
Professional/Recreational Groups (Botanists, hill-walkers, hikers, anglers, etc.)
Educational groups
Corporate groups
Private parties
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Ecotourism Policy for Kilfenora Hostel

Kilfenora Hostel is a member of Burren Ecotourism which is supported by the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark. We are also a member of Green Hospitality Ireland and are working towards certification.

In order to sustain the environment Kilfenora Hostel has implemented some practises such as recycling facilities throughout the hostel. We also use energy bulbs and use ecover and lilly's eco cleaning products.

As Kilfenora Hostel is in the Burren we encourage people to visit the Burren and give you as much information about the area so that you can appreciate and learn about the area.

Interpretation and education of the Burren is essential to you enjoying of this unique area that is why we provide literature and DVDs in the common room for you to use.

Kilfenora Hostel contributes to conservation in the area locally.

We encourage our customers to support the local community by using the local shops. Post office and experience Irish pubs and the traditional Irish music and dancing that they provide. We also use local walking guides.

In order to understand your needs better and improve our services we would ask you to take time to fill out the feedback forms in the reception area.

90% of Kilfenora Hostel marketing is done via the web.

It is important that the staff of Kilfenora Hostel are sensitive to the different cultures that visit, in the same respect is important that visitors to Kilfenora and Ireland are aware and respectful of Irish culture. We will do our best to answer any queries you may have to the best of our abilities.


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Kilfenora Hostel Green Policy

Since February 2007 Kilfenora Hostel's energy has been supplied by Airtricty. Where possible our light bulbs are energy efficient. We also use poster and stickers from the 'Power of One' campaign to make you the customer aware of how by turning off a light switch or power point you can make a difference.

We have reduced our water consumption by lowering water pressure. 

Kilfenora Hostel is committed to recycling and reducing waste. We recycle all paper, food cans, drinking cans, plastic bottles and glass bottles. Glass jars are saved for local people making jam etc. Egg boxes are kept for local people who keep hens. Wine corks are kept for the local primary schools that get the kids to make notice boards.  

Food Waste.
Where possible food scraps are given to the local gun club to feed their dogs. Scraps such as peelings from vegetables are given to a local farmer and used as cattle feed. 

Our Visitors
We encourage you, our visitors to be aware of the environment around you. Each area you will visit has it's own unique imprint an imprint that has been here for Millions of years and one that has been enjoyed by millions of people none more important than the last. Each of us can make a difference by not leaving our imprint on the area 'if it's not broken don't fix it'. 

People arriving to the hostel bicycles and public transport will receive a 5% discount on their accommodation. Also if you arrive to Ireland by ferry you will receive the same 5% off accommodation. Please provide necessary tickets to avail for you discount on arrival.

Visit our page to find us or the Burren Sustainable Transport information page, providing extensive information about transportation in the Burren.

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A visitor directory with the most up-to-date information for all activities and services in the Burren Geopark.

Environmental Policy Statement

In Kilfenora Hostel we provide recycling bins in each of our rooms. As well as the dining area and kitchen. We use eco label cleaning products. We are powered by Airtricity which is Irelands largest renewable energy developer

Working Together
We collaborate with all stakeholders to collectively develop the Geopark as a sustainable tourism destination. Kilfenora Hostel is a member of The Burren Ecotourism Network which is a group of business in the Burren that work together to promote sustainability for our area

A cared-for landscape
We actively participate in conserving our natural and cultural heritage. Kilfenora Hostel in involved with other members in the village with Adopt a hedgerow as well as participating in annual village clean-ups.

A well-understood heritage
We offer quality information and interpretation to communicate our stories and the unique character of our place to guests. We are fortunate enough to have The Burren Centre in the Village as well as the Kilfenora Timeline

Vibrant Communities
We work to ensure that tourism makes a positive social contribution so that it benefits our community as well as our guests.

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.

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.

Environmental policy are kind of like The Golden Gate Bridge, just when you think youve finished painting it you have to start again. We are always trying to improve and always love to hear your thoughts on the topic.

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