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, Green Tourism 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, Enniskillen, Green Tourism 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, Green Tourism 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 5 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. Pyjama Factory (2 Bedroom and 3 Bedroom properties), Bushmills, Green Tourism Silver
Located only two miles from Northern Ireland’s only World Heritage Site, the Giant's Causeway, the Pyjama Factory provides eco self-catering holiday accommodation within the picturesque village of Bushmills. The owners have sensitively incorporated sustainable design technologies into the properties without impacting on the historic environment of the conservation area. Environmental credentials include an air source heat pump, deep insulation, secondary internal glazing, bamboo flooring and low energy lighting throughout the properties.
5. Tory Bush Cottages, Bryansford, Green Tourism Silver
Located in a spectacular setting in the heart of the Mourne AONB, Tory Bush 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.
6. Hemp Cottage, Crossgar, Green Tourism Silver
Hemp Cottage, a two bedroom self catering unit 10 minutes from Strangford Lough, offers eco holiday living in contemporary accommodation. The cottage, designed and built by local architects Rachel Bevan and Tom Woolley, was designed to optimize the use of natural light and features a locally sourced timber frame, hemp lime walls, natural insulation materials and a green roof. The relaxing natural ambience is completed by an organic herb and vegetable garden, a wood burning stove and a view of the orchard.
7. Anna’s House, Comber, Featured in Green Traveller
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.
8. Woodburn House B&B, Antrim, Green Tourism 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.
9. Radisson Blu Hotel, Belfast, Green Tourism 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.
10. Park Inn by Radisson, Belfast, Green Tourism 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.
11. Six Mile Water Caravan Park and Camp Site, Antrim, Green Tourism 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.
12. Gracey’s Barn, Newry, Green Tourism Bronze
This unique two bedroom barn has been sensitively restored using reclaimed materials to offer luxurious and comfortable self-catering accommodation close to the Mourne Mountains and Slieve Gullion. The barn, which features solar panels and bicycle facilities, provides an excellent base for walking, cycling, golfing, fishing and horse riding, or simply relaxing in the tranquil surroundings.
13. Blair's Caravan, Portrush, Green Tourism Bronze
Situated on the Causeway Coast, Blair’s Holiday Park caters for both touring and static caravans as well as Ireland’s first ‘Geo Domes’. The pre-assembled domes offer the perfect alternative to camping for those that prefer a few home comforts, including wooden flooring, heating and plug sockets. In addition to low energy lighting, the caravan park offers an onsite shop selling local produce and on onsite recycling centre.
14. Belle Isle Estate, Lisbellaw, Featured in Green Traveller
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.
15. Bay Cottage, Crumlin, Green Tourism 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.
16. Slieve Donard Resport & 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.
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 Finder.