Big Irish experiences, small carbon footprints

The Three Towers Organic Kitchen at Slieve Aughty Centre, a sustainable, luxurious nine-bedroom guest house that specialises in outdoor based, eco-friendly vacations, has become Ireland’s first restaurant to receive official organic status.

Located in the famously wild and rugged west of Ireland, the Slieve Aughty Centre in County Galway, is a favourite destination for eco-tourists seeking environmentally and culturally sensitive experiences.

With its new organic credentials it is now set to add food lovers to a growing fan base.

The Three Towers Organic Kitchen has seating for 100 guests, and includes a bar and lounge.

Its organic accreditation has been awarded by the Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association.

Slieve Aughty Centre has already won Ecotourism Ireland gold awards for its Walking with a Donkey or Pony Holiday and Family Green Holiday, and the latest accolade underscores its commitment to organic food and the environment.

Set on 18 stunning acres, including a 1.5 acre fruit and vegetable garden, the centre is surrounded on three sides by more than 2,000 acres of managed forestry, allowing for a variety of outdoor activities.

Its riding centre is a popular pull for visitors alongside the eco-friendly accommodation, organic food, conference, wedding and party facilities.

Slieve Aughty Centre is run by a Dutch family who came to Ireland over 30 years ago to pursue their dream of creating a sustainable farm.

“When I settled here 34 years ago, the garden was my priority, and we have always served our guests vegetables and fruits from our own land. In the beginning we even made our own cheese and yogurt,” says owner Esther Zyderlaan.

“Now The Three Towers Organic Kitchen can hopefully help more people choose to eat food that is good for them and good for the earth and therefore tastes better.

“We look forward to welcoming more guests who share a passion and appreciation for the natural beauty of Ireland and want to have a unique holiday, conference, or party with a small carbon footprint.”

Slieve Aughtry is located at the edge of the Kylebrack Woods and the Slieve Aughty Mountains some 55km from Galway City, which is considered to be the cultural capital of Ireland.