The Emerald Isle of Ireland Turns Even Greener with Ecotourism

On foot, by boat or via bicycle, tourists discover natural beauty, an island filled with culture and Irish charm on the Emerald Isle. With a natural blending of the old and new, modern and historic, Ireland offers something for everyone.

- By Pamela Grant

An old Irish proverb says, “Your feet will take you where your heart is.” On the Emerald Isle that could be almost anywhere, because it is so easy to fall in love with the green hills, blue lakes and smiling Irish eyes. However, this island with an ancient history is giving eco-travelers yet another reason to love what it has to offer. It has gone green in a big way.

In fact, Fàilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority, has written a handbook for businesses that want to join the national effort to develop eco-tourism as a product of excellence and that want to contribute to maintaining the clean green image of the country. Everywhere you turn in Ireland there are hotels implementing green ...

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