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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.
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. Our print cartridges are refilled by Cartridgegreen in Ennis.
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.
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 thousand of years and one that has been enjoyed by millions of people non 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.