Sustainable Travel

Posted in News by Carol on 25th January 2024

Steps to Sustainable Travel

– From reducing its environmental footprint to taking steps to conserve and protect the landscape, Doolin Ferry demonstrates an ongoing commitment to developing sustainable travel practice.

Operating in an area of outstanding natural beauty and of ecological significance, Doolin Ferry recognises the important role we play in preserving the landscape for generations to come.

Geopark Code of Practice

A key element in our Environmental Policy is the adoption of the Geopark Code of Practice for Sustainable Tourism along with 70 other members of the Burren Ecotourism Network.  This sustainable initiative is the only one of its kind in Ireland. It requires Doolin Ferry to report on various aspects of the company’s day-to-day activities and measures any improvements on our social, economic and environmental efforts. The company has been awarded Geopark Emerald Status which denotes top marks for demonstrating best practice across many aspects of the business.

Staff at Doolin Ferry undergo regular training such as Leave No Trace and Geopark courses on geology and biodiversity so that we can impart valuable knowledge to visitors on our natural heritage and why we need to protect it. We use our online communications channels to invite Doolin Ferry’s followers to behave responsibly outdoors and leave the landscape  as they find it.

One noteworthy initiative at Doolin Ferry involves the digitisation of ticket bookings, a move that has markedly decreased our usage of paper. By embracing digital ticketing solutions, we have not only streamlined our operations but also significantly curtailed our consumption of paper resources. Passengers planning a cruise beneath the Cliffs of Moher or a trip to the Aran Islands are encouraged to plan ahead and book online. We have made a major investment in our website booking system to ensure that the process is streamlined and easy to use and a QR code is all that is required for fast and efficient boarding.

Doolin Ferry boarding pass on phone, eliminates paper waste

Collaboration

In addition to education, Doolin Ferry actively engages in practical initiatives to keep the Burren pristine. A recent litter pick up in Doolin saw the company’s staff join forces with other local volunteers to remove rubbish and debris, preventing any harm to the local flora and fauna and preserving the visual appeal of the local area.

Moreover, we collaborate with local businesses and communities to collectively develop the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark as a sustainable tourism destination. We attend training and networking events throughout the year as well as participating in tourism groups and supporting local initiatives.

We encourage our customers to also use good practices while using our services, and to consider longer stays in the area to visit other members of the Burren Ecotourism network.

Litter pick up at Doolin Pier

Find out more about the  Doolin Ferry Environmental Policy.

Leave No Trace Principles:
1. Plan ahead and prepare
2. Be considerate of others
3. Respect farm animals and wildlife
4. Travel and camp on durable ground
5. Leave what you find
6. Dispose of waste properly
7. Minimise the effects of fire

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