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 the fifth year running, find out more at the Green Destinations website.  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. Check out our Immersive Experiences 2021.

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

Duck at Castle Espie

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