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Family Green Holidays 2017-02-27T15:31:41+00:00

Experience the west of Ireland

with a small carbon footprint.

Make your holiday make a difference! A green family holiday at Slieve Aughty Centre promises comfort, fun and choice, all with a minimal carbon footprint by you and us. Be a part of a growing trend to care for and protect the planet we depend on without sacrificing quality.

A family green holiday begins with your booking. Do all your booking and payments online. Use our transfer information page to plan your arrival by train and ferry and avoid air travel. If this is not an option, use public transport once you arrive in Ireland. We can even have road worthy bicycles waiting for you upon your arrival for cycling enthusiasts.

Stay in The Three Towers Eco House or Family Eco-Lodge, both of which are eco friendly accommodation. Food at the centre is cooked fresh with organic ingredients grown on the farm or locally-sourced, but if you prefer a self-catering option this is possible from September to June.

Although the accommodation is lovely, we’ve got a fantastic menu of activities to get you out and about. These may include:

  • organic gardening
  • entertainment at the local pub
  • horse riding
  • guided/self guided walks
  • cycling trails*
    visit the Enchanted Forest
  • outdoor survival skills
  • recycled art
  • visit to a local attraction*

and more!

With choices for each day, there is something for everyone and lots of variety. Email us for more information and availability.

Latest News

Go Post to Post in 2018

We are excited to be offering a new post to post trail riding holiday opportunity in partnership with Connemara Equestrian Escapes!  

Find Out More

This week-long riding holiday offers trail riding, cross country jumping, meals, accommodation, visits to cultural sights, transport, and memories!  Spend three days exploring the rugged Slieve Aughty hills, forests and rivers and/or try out the walls, ditches, logs and water complexes on the centre’s challenging cross country course, all from the comfort of The Three Towers Eco House and Organic Kitchen at Slieve Aughty Centre.  Then travel by private mini-bus to Connemara for another 3 days of riding among the stunning forests and shores of Lough Corrib, Ireland’s largest lake.

Available beginning Monday, April 16th.

 

Gifts that don’t cost the Earth

I love Christmas.  The lights, music, laughter, time off work and with family, the tree, decorations, food, etc.  But as I get older I can’t help but think that the gifts have become more important than all these other things.  Does the season of giving have to mean that we give more plastic useless stuff that carries a heavy price to our planet?  I thought it meant giving of ourselves?  Our time, love, thoughts, even charity.  I find I’m more inclined to value the time with family – it’s precious and that is where the memories are made.

I received a very thoughtful newsletter the other day, in which the writer said, “We are coaxed into consumption, it is promoted everywhere we look… There are so many more worthwhile reasons to live our lives”  This push to consume keeps us distracted from thinking about the bigger picture, it gives us a temporary buzz, and keeps the economy rolling.  But our planet cannot support endless consumption.  Eventually, we will run out of “stuff” to make more stuff – then what happens?

I don’t know about you, but I want my child to grow up to appreciate the Earth around him and what it provides, which is everything.  I’m asking myself this year, what can I give that isn’t “stuff”?

Here’s some ideas:
1.  Buy a Slieve Aughty Centre gift voucher or hamper!  Have a look.
2.  Buy a handmade bag made from Syrian refugees (Esther has them for sale and they are gorgeous)
3.  Donate to a charity (how about TIAFI?)
4.  Take the kids for a day out.  Ideas include the park, zoo, aquarium, swimming pool.
5.  Volunteer your time for those less fortunate.
6.  Make or bake something.
7.  Plant a tree.
8.  If you are going to buy, buy from sustainable sources, fair trade products and local shops.

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