Donegal Hostel Goes Even Greener for St Patrick’s Day

An Óige, the Irish Youth Hostel Association, is pleased to announce that Errigal Hostel in Donegal has been awarded EU ECO Flower Label. The ECO ‘Flower’ Label is an environmental accreditation recognised throughout Eco Flower LabelEurope for its commitment to sustainable tourism and protection of the local environment. The staff at Errigal Hostel, with the help of the An Óige Environmental Group, worked hard to meet the long list of strict criteria needed to achieve this prestigious award.

This impressive custom-built Donegal Hostel had €3 million invested in it in recent years to make the accommodation as modern and sustainable as possible. It has an energy efficient wood pellet boiler, energy saving lighting, water saving measures and composting and recycling of most materials. Environmentally friendly cleaning products are used in the hostel and the cost reductions can be passed on to loyal customers making it economically friendly too!

Julie Ann Ennis, Marketing Manager of An Óige noted how ‘guests are happy to go green’ too and are encouraged to play their part which enhances their stay and gives them a happy ‘green’ glow while keeping the hostel and their holidays eco-friendly!’

This purpose-built state-of-the-art 60 bed hostel is situated in a stunning corner of County Donegal at the foot of Mount Errigal – Donegal’s iconic highest mountain. As it is right on the Ulster way it is an ideal place for hiking or walking. As well as the challenge of conquering Mount Errigal, one can also visit the picturesque Poisoned Glen, Glenveagh National Park and Castle and the Bloody Foreland and try to spot the famous Green Lady Ghost!

Groups of 10 or more can also enjoy EcoAdventure Ireland outdoor adventure activities at Errigal Hostel including mountain-biking, survival training, team games, orienteering, paintball shooting, archery, ecology sessions and many more – all with sustainability and the environment in mind while having fun!

An Óige – the Irish Youth Hostel Association – celebrated its 80th anniversary last year and strives to reach high environmentally friendly standards across all its 21 hostels in Ireland. To celebrate achieving the ECO Flower award An Óige are pleased to offer:

10% discount for all online early 2012 bookings before 31st of April 2012

And for Groups of 10 or more:

Leaders stay for free, leaders eat for free in 2012. With one leader for every 10 persons in a group but only if you book before 31st April 2012!

Book quickly – it fills up fast!

Errigal Hostel is open from March 1st – October 30th but is open all year to groups of 10 or more. A dorm bed (including breakfast) costs from €13.50 for Under 18s and from €15.50 for Over 18s. Membership to An Óige/Hostelling International is not necessary but does provide discounts! Family rooms, En-suites & Twin rooms are also available.

Lunch and Dinner can be provided for groups of 10 or more and there is also a fully-equipped self-catering kitchen available to all guests. The whole hostel can be rented with our Rent-a-Hostel option for large parties, reunions and other events.

With WiFi access, laundry facilities, a drying room, wheelchair access and a large meeting room available free to guests as well as free parking – it truly is a five-star hostel and needs to be seen to be believed!

Broaden your Horizons – Go Hostelling!

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