- Ecotourism Ireland Gold Standard
- Myclimate Climate Neutral Award
- Failte Ireland Welcome Standard
- Tripadvisor Greenleaders Platinum Award
- Tripadvisors Certificate of Excellence
- Clean Coasts Business of the Year
- Booking.com Guest Review Award
- Outsider Magazine ‘Leave no Trace’ Most sustainable Escape
- JCI Business Award for Eco-Friendliness
- Save our Planet Award for ‘Environmentally responsible business’
Ideally situated on the shores of the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ just ten minutes from Clifden town & two minutes from the small scenic village of Claddaghduff, between the beautiful Atlantic ocean & majestic Twelve Bens mountain range which forms part of the ‘Connemara National Park’
The park has been co-existing alongside a traditional farm since the 1960s, which was the first certified organic farm in Connemara. Sustainability plays an important role in the day to day operations of the park. Two important assessments that have been carried out comprising of ecological & sand/gravel aquifer assessments. Mitigation measures provided in these reports are crucial to the preservation of the park both in terms of ecology & sustainability. In 2014 we achieved a gold standard eco-tourism award by EcoTourism Ireland. EcoTourism Ireland it one of the first eco labels in Europe to be recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. We achieved ‘climate neutral status’ in 2015. Independently accessed by Myclimate, making us a first in ‘climate neutral ‘ accommodation in Ireland.
Natural habitats and rich biodiversity
A speciality of our park is a rare ecosystem called machair, listed as a priority habitat in Ireland under the Eu Habitats Directive. This is a highly specialised and complex sand-dune grassland habitat that is confined globally to the north-west coasts of Ireland and Scotland. It comprises a flat or gently undulating sandy plain that develops in an oceanic location with a cool, moist climate, resulting in a rich biodiversity. To date, eight species of bumblebee have been found in this machair habitat. In addition, the ecosystem borders in the West Connacht Special Area of Conservation (SAC). The SAC’s marine habitats are important for the bottlenose dolphins that frequent our shores. There are several Natura 2000 sites within a five-kilometre radius of the campsite, Natura 2000 being a European Network of important protected ecological sites.
The geology to be seen along the beaches and by the campsite is quite impressive, providing and outstanding opportunity to see what happens deep inside the earth’s crust when magma rises into it and volcanoes erupt at the surface. These rock outcrops are among the best examples of their kind anywhere in Europe and they comprise a listed site.
The camp site has personal supervision & security. We have also implemented child protection policies/procedures which are overseen by a qualified member of staff, ensuring a safer camping environment for children.
Our ‘Spring Water’ is of exceptional quality extracted from our sources beneath protected sand bearing soil and delivered fresh on demand (chlorine & THMs free) to all fixtures throughout. It meets or exceeds the requirements of the EU Drinking Water Regulations. Monitoring is in accordance with the international standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005 2nd Edition and all water samples are independently obtained by an environmental health officer. To date, all water sampled and tested in accordance with ISO standards has established a proven track record of ‘Zero contamination’!