Ecotourism ireland Certified Tour Operator’s
Ecotourism Ireland are delighted to be partner with, and have certified, two of Ireland’s leading activity tour providers: Ireland Walk Hike Bike and Vagabond Tours.
Ireland Walk Hike Bike – Silver Award
Ireland Walk Hike Bike were the first tour operator in Ireland to achieve certification, and in 2016 were award the Silver level. Managing Director, Maurice Whelan, explains why sustainable tourism is so important to him:
“For over 20 years we have been lucky enough to introduce our guests to the wonderful natural environment we have in Ireland. With the increase in visitor numbers across all sectors of tourism worldwide it is imperative we take immediate steps to reduce our impact and educate our guests. Working with Eco Tourism Ireland has been a enlightening experience for all the team at Ireland Walk Hike Bike. The certification process allowed us to refine the responsible travel practices we have adopted for many years and add new systems to ensure we are leading the way in Irish Eco Tourism for the years ahead”
Personal service and attention to detail have made Ireland Walk Hike Bike one of the leaders in excellent quality and value walking, hiking, and cycling holidays for over 20 years.
With product offerings throughout Ireland including the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East we pride ourselves in “Getting you off the beaten track” on foot or by bike including immersive experiences such as foraging, bird watching,organic food trails, Traditional Irish cooking and farm visits. Our holidays are filled with a wealth of natural beauty, history, stories, and emotions to ensure all our guests leave Ireland wanting to return again and again.To find your hidden Ireland and experience the real Ireland, slowly, intimately, the way locals know it please contact us at www.irelandwalkhikebike.com
Vagabond Tours – Gold Award
Vagabond were the first tour company in Ireland to achieve the Ecotourism gold award, in the word of Vagabond MD Rob Rankin ‘The was a great milestone for the company, we have always been very aware of our impact on the environment and local communities and have always worked to minimalise any negative impact and where possible have a positive one. The certification process was extremely thorough, well laid out and practical. It was good to see that we were already doing a lot of things right, but we also learnt a huge amount and made some significant improvements in certain areas to bring the company up to this level. The hard work and commitment of the team involved was excellent and its great to see that ‘caring for the environment’ emerged unprompted as one of our teams core values.
‘Vagabond’ – Ireland’s leading small-group tour operator. Vagabond specialises in fantastic off-the-beaten track experiences to the hidden corners of Ireland. Our mission is ‘We want you to love Ireland as much as we do’
Our small-group tour sizes (max 16) make our tours an unforgettable way to experience the real Ireland. Our tours are immersive and delivered in a professional, yet informal and contemporary style, all of which makes Vagabond Tours a welcoming, personal and unforgettable way to see authentic Ireland. These off the beaten track Ireland tours are a superb blend of Irish history, culture, outdoor activities, awesome Irish scenery, friendly locals, music and pub life.
Vagabond’s commitment to customer service, product innovation, safety and training has resulted in consistently excellent customer reviews. We are delighted to have won major awards. www.staging.vagabondtoursofireland.com/press-awards from the Irish Travel Industry and International media. Most notably we were the first and only Irish tour company to have been honoured in the ‘Top 50 Tours of a Lifetime’ by National Geographic Traveller Magazine in 2013. Vagabond Tours of Ireland has won ‘Best Adventure Experience’ at the Irish Tourism Awards in both 2015 and more recently in 2017.
The scheduled tours range in length from our epic 11 and 12 day all-Ireland journeys, to week-long vacations covering the scenic regions of Ireland. Plus, all our confirmed tour departures are 100% guaranteed. We have never, ever, ever cancelled a tour.
For more information please visit our website at www.vagabondtoursofireland.com
Our Inishbofin Island Experience: a small island off the mainland, off the West coast of County Galway and easily accessible by public transport from our numerous International airports. A small rural community of 180 people, the Island is a rich conservation area with nature holidays of all types filled with unique experiences only available on an Irish Island located in the Atlantic. This is the real Wild Atlantic Way!
Our Partner Ireland Walk Hike Bike offers a range of tours to meet your clients’ needs such as:
Guided holidays with a range of activities including Walking Cycling and much more. Our Guides are handpicked for their experience, friendliness, knowledge and love of Ireland.
Self-Guided holidays include quality accommodation, route details, luggage transfers, 24/7 support service and with attention to sustainable tourism and tailoring your clients holiday is part of our personal service.
Custom made and mini-break guided or self-guided holidays are also available, ecotourism being one of our major focuses.
Please view these short Videos for a taste of what awaits in Ireland
https://youtu.be/ujxLFsV0c4s Ireland Walk Hike Bike
https://youtu.be/haAKFvds-Uk Inishbofin Island
https://youtu.be/iv2TD_nGYa0 Slieve Aughty Centre
https://youtu.be/gbTTtFu9KC8 Rock Farm Slane