Green Accommodation in Northern Ireland
Great Green Places To Stay
Northern Ireland has a great range of environmentally friendly accommodation, from city-centre hotels to rural B&Bs. Here are just a few of the options.
1. Jurys Inn Belfast GTBS Gold
Jury’s Inn was the first Belfast city centre hotel to gain a prestigious GTBS Gold award. Within 5 minutes walk from the public transport hub at Great Victoria Street Station, Metro Services, and the city centre, it provides a highly convenient base for exploring Belfast and Northern Ireland without a car. GTBS commends the hotel’s environmental performance as being very strong on utilities demand and environmental information for customers.
2. Belmore Court and Motel, Enniskillen GTBS Gold
The 4 Star Belmore Court & Motel was the first independent business in Northern Ireland to achieve the Green Tourism Business Award and it boasts an e-car charging point right on-site! Belmore Court is very central to the town’s main attractions and is just a few minutes walk from the town centre and the beautiful grounds of Castle Coole. The hotel’s GTBS Gold Award was awarded on the basis of excellent environmental customer information, environmental procurement procedures and sustainable site maintenance.
3. City Hotel, Derry-Londonderry GTBS Gold
This GTBS gold award winner sets a high standard for sustainable accommodation in the northwest. The City Hotel provides a genuine northwest experience with locally sourced food and services. Guests are furnished with information on the many cultural and environmental attractions of the maiden city and wider Foyle Valley. The hotel is within five minutes walk of the city’s bus station, while the train station (only 10 minutes walk from the hotel) provides a rail link to Belfast and the north coast on one of Europe’s most scenic train journeys.
4. Tory Bush Eco-Loft, Kilcoo Green Hospitality Award and Green Traveller Star Review
Located in a spectacular setting in the heart of the Mourne AONB, Tory Bush Eco Loft boasts a long list of environmental credentials including rain water harvesting, solar powered boiler and wood pellet and log burning stove. The internal walls are timber frame lined with a wall board made from compressed news-paper and Gypsum reclaimed from coal-fired power station chimneys. Tory Bush operates a robust recycling segregation system and makes bicycles available to hire on site. Sustainable transport options are provided and encouraged by the owners.
5. Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Newcastle Green Hospitality Award
Following a recent £15 million refurbishment programme, this superbly maintained Victorian hotel in Newcastle is now home to one of Europe’s finest resort Spas. The hotel’s impressive sustainability programme includes the recent installation of an electric car charging point, an on-site food waste processing plant and wood pellet boiler to power the world class spa facilities.
6. Anna’s House, Comber Green Traveller Star Review
Anna’s House is a luxury organic B&B with strong and genuine environmental credentials. Anna has installed a low energy heat pump and serves only organic food, using local producers wherever possible. Visitors to Anna’s are encouraged to arrive by public transport and information on available options is provided. Anna’s House has signed up to the Soil Association’s Organic Catering Code of Practice.
7. Woodburn House B & B, Antrim GTBS Silver
Woodburn House is Northern Ireland’s first GTBS silver awarded B&B. The business is located within 10 minutes of Antrim town centre and credited by GTBS for being very family friendly whilst demonstrating genuine environmental responsibility.
8. Radisson Blu Hotel, Belfast GTBS Silver
This Radisson Blu has sustainability at the heart of all its services. The hotel is also a supporter of the Love Food - Hate Waste Campaign. Guests are provided with plenty of onsite information on local activities and points of interest, all within easy reach of the hotel.
9. Park Inn by Radisson Belfast GTBS Silver
A city centre location mid-point between the two cultural hubs of Belfast’s Queens Quarter and Cathedral Quarter means that guests don’t need a car to explore the sights. The hotel provides excellent cultural and heritage information to guests.
10. Six Mile Water Caravan Park Caravan & Camping Site Antrim GTBS Bronze
The Six Mile Water Caravan Park is located in a tranquil spot on the shores of Lough Neagh adjacent to Antrim Town Centre. The site provides quality services to touring caravans while respecting the surrounding environment. A range of cultural, heritage, and sport based activities are immediately accessible from the site. An electric car charging point is located adjacent to the site.
11. Downhill Beachhouse Benone Green Traveller Reviewed & GTBS Applicant
This period property has sensitively replaced original Victorian sash windows with double glazed windows which have been hand made using sustainably sourced wood. As a result, the energy efficiency of the building has dramatically improved. Other environmental credentials include rainwater harvesting, home grown vegetables and low energy lighting throughout the building. Motion detector sensors have been fitted in restrooms to ensure targeted energy use and onsite recycling and composting reduces waste sent to landfill. Water use has been reduced thanks to the installation of low flow showers heads and water saving tap fittings. Laundry is done in house using eco-friendy products and dried using outdoor lines whenever possible.
12. Keef Halla Country House, Crumlin GTBS Bronze
Keef Halla is the closest green accredited accommodation to Belfast International Airport. It was awarded GTBS Bronze by performing sustainably on utilities, housekeeping and provision of local information. Keef Halla is a great base for visitors wishing to explore Lough Neagh and is convenient to Antrim, Belfast, Crumlin and Lisburn.
13. Belle Isle Estate, Lisbellaw Green Traveller Feature Destination & GTBS Applicant
The Belle Isle Estate boasts cottages, courtyard apartments and a cookery school, at its stunning location on the shores of Lough Erne, County Fermanagh. Green credentials are at the core of the business with even the furnishings being sourced on green standards – suppliers are EU Eco-label certified. The owners operate a strong recycling policy, use environmentally-friendly cleaning products, scrupulously monitor energy usage, and keep guests informed of eco activities in the area such as walking trails, cycling and public transport. Food is now also being grown onsite both for guests and those attending the cookery school.
14. Bay Cottage, Crumlin GTBS silver
At Bay Cottage guests can enjoy wonderful views of Lough Neagh and breakfasts prepared using local produce including our the owners’ own free range eggs, home baked traditional Irish bread and home-made preserves. Private transport isn’t necessary as the owners are happy to collect guests from the Airport or nearest public transport hub.
Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of sustainable tourist accommodation in Northern Ireland. For more information on tourist accommodation please visit our Accommodation section.