However, everything that we do is at the heart of the community’s best interests. Our community, our environment, our culture, our language and our heritage comes first.
The environment & wildlife is vitally important. We are keen to promote its beauty to visitors, but we are mindful of keeping the balance between usage & unsustainable usage.
The ethos of responsible tourism and sustainable tourism is defined within the Erris Beo brand, as it depends entirely on developing tourism that maximises the benefits to the local community & minimises the negative social or environmental impacts, and helps to conserve our culture, our environment, our wildlife, our language and our heritage.
Ná tóg ach grianghraif
Ná maraigh ach an t-am
Ná fág ach lorg coise
Take nothing but photographs
Kill nothing but time
Leave nothing but footprints
There are lots of ways in which you can make your stay in Erris more eco-friendly. Here are just a few ideas:
A good way to reduce the effects of your journeys is to make fewer of them and stay longer instead. Do you really need an excuse to stay in the wild & wonderful Erris for an extra day or two?!
Eco-friendly does not mean luxury-free! There are some beautiful places to stay in Erris that save energy, that support local businesses, and that are forward-thinking.
While you’re enjoying Erris, please respect our environment. Keep your dog under control to help keep our livestock safe. Take your litter away with you. Scoop your dogs’ poop! And please don’t disturb our wildlife or pick our flowers & plants.
Hiking and cycling have low environmental impacts. Also, you will cover a lot more ground, and are more likely to discover our hidden gems, if you walk or pedal!
If you’d like to bring your electric car to Erris, there is a public electric vehicle charging point in the car park of the civic centre in Belmullet town. Please drive safely and remember that you are sharing our roads with cyclists, walkers and, very often, wandering cattle and sheep!
Indeed, summer is a lovely time in Erris, but it can be quite crowded at times. Why not consider visiting Erris at a quieter time of the year? Hear the birds sing in springtime, observe the amazing autumn colours, or surf the wild waves during winter!
Help to keep our heritage alive by learning how to talk as Gaeilge (in Irish) or by learning a traditional craft.