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CycleWest Ireland
Gortnahowen
Athenry
Co Galway
IRELAND
Email:
tours@cyclewest.com

Office:

Ph +353 91 877323
IRELAND

Office Hours:
9.30am to 5.00pm
Mon to Fri (GMT)



 

 

 



HITTING THE GREEN NOTES

SUSTAINABILITY: OUR GREEN FOOTPRINT

We have arrived at an incredible moment in the history of travel. This is a time for us to show stewardship and leadership by embracing a new, greener set of principles, and by extension, the growing number of customers who now follow us.

CycleWest Ireland are delighted to have been
presented with the Gold Level Tour Operator Award by EcoTourism Ireland for its endeavours in ecotourism. CycleWest Ireland looks forward to working with EcoTourism Ireland in promoting the concept of environmental sustainability throughout the West of Ireland.

 “Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the welfare of local people”. (TIES, 2005)

According to EcoTourism Ireland, Gold Level Eco Certified Tour Operators are at the forefront of the industry. They are tourism businesses dedicated to educating tourists about the natural world and local culture. They are striving to be environmentally innovative and socially responsible. Their ecotourism products have a positive impact on the environment, local communities, and their clients. They will invest both time and money to maintain positive ecotourism practices. Ecotourism Ireland is among the first labels in Europe to be formally recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

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ECOTOURISM: THE DEFINITION

Ecotourism is defined as "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people." (TIES, 1990)

With an emphasis on enriching personal experiences and environmental awareness through interpretation, ecotourism promotes greater understanding and appreciation for nature, local society, and culture.

NATURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT

CycleWest offers cycling tours in Ireland that combine authenticity and ambiance by emphasizing small groups, a relaxed cycling pace and charming accommodation.  In this way, we hope to deliver a unique biking experience amidst the legendary countryside and coastline of the West of Ireland. By travelling by bike we introduce a greater immersion into local communities and families on our trips. You get to meet and engage with local villagers and learn more about local Irish culture.

SMALL GROUP TRAVEL

Our guided tours are designed for individuals from all walks of life and of varied interests and abilities. We usually limit the number of participants to a small group: 8 – 10 persons in each group.  This way we can offer a uniquely personalized experience to each of our guests. We provide vehicle support and luggage transport.  By travelling as a small group we can truly have a positive interaction and social exchange with the people we meet and visit. 

We give you the opportunity to learn some of the Gaelic language.  By learning a few phrases and greetings in the Gaeltacht (Irish Speaking areas) you visit shows that you have an interest in the Irish history and culture.

SUPPORTING LOCAL SERVICES, GOODS AND PRODUCE

When you travel with CycleWest Ireland you will be supporting local Irish communities, local food producers and artisans, local business and by doing so, you creating your very own rewarding experience! At CycleWest Ireland, we celebrate the authenticity, the diversity and quality of Irish country homes and hotels.

Our portfolio of Hotels, Lodges, Guesthouses, B&B’s and restaurants support the local community and local food producers from the area you visit.  Our hand picked selection is made up of owners who have worked hard to make sure their business has a positive impact by making significant contributions to their local community, have a proven passion for serving local and organic food and in  many cases, work
hard to reduce the environmental footprint of their place to stay.

Each location has been selected for its personal and charming qualities. Typically family owned and run, we offer a superior selection of Bed and Breakfast guesthouses, country houses and hotels have been tried and tested on your behalf! 

A wonderful breakfast made of home grown, organic or locally sourced produce is provided at the beginning of each day's cycling. At the end of each day, we have selected a variety of restaurants, many award winning, that are known for the finest Irish ingredients: local seafood, freshwater fish, vegetables and farmhouse cheeses all featured, often from their own gardens, farms and rivers.

Many places have special environmental and historical significance. We like to give you the opportunity to learn about places you visit and their impact upon our lovely country, areas of natural focus and our heritage here in Ireland.


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OUR GOLD STANDARD AWARD
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Our Environmental Policy
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Core to providing an ecoTourism experience is that our business is committed to the adoption of environmentally friendly practices and comunicating our environmental committment.

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Leave No Trace Policy

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PRINCIPLES OF ECOTOURISM

Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities,
and sustainable travel
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This means that those who implement and participate
in ecotourism activities
should follow the following ecotourism principles:

  • Minimize impact.

  • Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.

  • Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.

  • Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.

  • Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people.

  • Raise sensitivity to host countries' political, environmental, and social climate.



CycleWest Ireland Ltd   Ph: +353 91 877323
Email: tours@cyclewest.com
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 5.30pm GMT

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