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Eco Escapes

Tawnylust Lodge has been listed by Catherine Mack in the book Ecoescapes as one of the top 50 Eco destinations in Ireland.

“Nuala McNulty is so passionate about her home county of Leitrim, that she added a guest annex onto her new state-of-the-art wooden house, overlooking the Ballinabehy Ridge in the Leitrim hills. ‘That’s why I built it. I love to share Leitrim’, she said in Ecoescape Ireland, which featured Tawnylust in its top 50 Irish ecoescapes. Hospitality comes top of the list for Nuala who leaves a welcome parcel for her guests, full of local chutneys, jam, herbs, elderflower cordial and fair-trade chocolate. Her second love is the environment, and the house was built with this at the forefront of the design process. It has passive solar heating, solar panels for hot water, low wattage under floor heating, recycled paper insulation, an inbuilt heat recovery system, and electricity from a renewable energy company. Nuala likes to keep things local too, with Leitrim artists’ work on the walls and information on local markets and cooperatives. Walking is central to a stay at Tawnylust, and Nuala is the founder of a local hill-walking club, Holey Soles. She also works closely with a local walking guide, Tina Pommer and together they run Leitrim Landscapes walking package holidays. Tina is an expert in Leitrim’s archaeology, nature, wild mushrooms as well as foraging. If you want to get to know eco-Leitrim, this is one of its greenest spots, and you will be hosted by one of its best sources of local knowledge. With this combination, you won’t fail to fall in love with Leitrim too.”

Irish Times

“Hunting for food used to be confined to the sort of person who knits their own yoghurt, but the recent rehabilitation of foraging applauds such behaviour. All you need to know is where to look…” read full review

Ethical Traveller

“SLOW TRAVEL is the latest eco-buzzword. By using slower forms of transport you can not only reduce your carbon footprint but also make the journey a feature of your break…” read full review

Naked Hungry Traveller

“Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks owner Nuala McNulty covers the county from an environmental perspective. She knows more about the hidden eco-tourism wonders of this region better than anyone. I’ve been walking with her for two hours while the fickle weather takes a turn for the worse. Driving rain prevents us from climbing a nearby hill for its western views over County Sligo to the Atlantic Ocean. Instead we follow a flooded river down a steep valley, past a waterfall, slipping and sliding on smooth stones, exchanging stories about curious characters we’ve met here and elsewhere on our individual travels…” read full review