I just spent two wonderful nights in Lough Mardal Lodge in Donegal.
Lough Mardal is an eco friendly glamping spot in Ballintra and it's an absolute gem of a place. My friend had paid for it as a pre-birthday treat to herself and I was very happy to be included. I've written many times about Donegal and how much I love it but it seems there's always something new to discover :)
There was so much to enjoy about Lough Mardal Lodge, it's hard to know where to start, but first of all, from an environmental perspective, the eco ethos was genuine and really well thought out. There is a widespread tendancy in the hospitality sector to greenwash and give a nod to sustainability, without actually reducing environmental impact to any great degree. Lough Mardal is different in quite a number of ways. The communal building is a stunning, bright and comfortable space and was constructed using straw bales and cob. There is a reed bed and wetland filtration system which filters all the sewage and waste water on the site. There are signs everywhere asking people to reduce waste and the kitchen has segregated bins for recyling and compost, and a bin for anything else which can't be put into those bins.
Each yurt is provided with enamel kitchenware and cutlery and a big glass bottle for water to be filled up from the tap. There's also a flask and teatowels provided.