Sustainable Tourism in Ards and North Down

The need to be green and sustainable to protect the planet is increasing across in our personal lives and for businesses. Tourism is no exception with many of our attractions, activity and accommodation providers taking steps to protect the environment and be more sustainable. Part of County Down, our region has been one of the global “Top 100 Sustainable Destinations” for a third year running.  With over 100 miles of coastline, many Areas of Special Scientific Interest and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty we want to protect this special place and the impact we have on our natural surroundings.

We hope that the information contained here allows you to plan a sustainable visit, be it a day trip or short break, in our region.

Green Tourism the story so far... Tourism has the potential to have differing effects on the environment. Encouraging tourism businesses to become greener is not only good for the planet but also the economy and being sustainable reduces the impact on the environment.

Read more about our Green Tourism Providers and their green stories.

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Green Experiences - A selection of experiences that allow you to enjoy the stunning surroundings of this region through guided adventures both on and off the water. You will be reducing your carbon footprint by using paddle power, learn about the natural surroundings, and enjoy the wonderful wildlife in its natural habitat.

There are currently no green experiences but please check back for future updates.

Sunset at water

Green Tourism Providers -  Sustainable experiences, activities, food and accommodation providers in Ards and North Down. Find out more

Duck at Castle Espie


Ards Arts Centre | Our Green Story (pdf) Ards Blair Mayne Leisure Centre | Our Green Story (pdf)
Sustainable Journey's Ireland (previously Ards Peninsula Tours) | Our Green Story (pdf) Ark Farm | Our Green Story (pdf)
Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Complex | Our Green Story (pdf) Ballyholme Yacht Club | Our Green Story (pdf)
Bangor Marina | Our Green Story (pdf) Bangor Visitor Information Centre | Our Green Story (pdf)
Cairn Bay Lodge | Our Green Story (pdf) Clandeboye Estate | Our Green Story (pdf)
Clandeboye Lodge Hotel | Our Green Story (pdf) Echlinville Distillery | Our Green Story (pdf)
Glastry Farm Ice Cream | Our Green Story (pdf) Indie Fude | Our Green Story (pdf)
Mobile Team Adventure | Our Green Story (pdf) Portaferry Hotel | Our Green Story (pdf)
Salty Dog Hotel and Bistro | Our Green Story (pdf) The Stables Ballygraffan | Our Green Story (pdf)
North Down Museum | Our Green Story (pdf) Tracey's Farmhouse Kitchen | Our Green Story (pdf)
WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre | Our Green Story (pdf) Sup-Hub NI | Our Green Story (pdf)

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