As part of our commitment to maintaining the pristine nature of Kintra, we are members of the Green Tourism Business Scheme, which provides accreditation and encouragement for tourism businesses to reduce the environmental impact of their activities. We also work closely with Scottish Natural Heritage to maintain and improve wildlife habitats on our land.
At Kintra we encourage our guests to:
– Minimise waste. Please use our recycling bins (blue for paper/cardboard; brown for garden; red bag for plastic bottles/cans; the glass bin is in the camping toilet facilities). Please use our composter. We do not allow the disposal of chemical effluent at our site – we have our own septic tank and regret that we cannot absorb this type of material.
– Use water and energy conservatively. Our supply is a private one which must be boiled before use (you will notice its distinctive brown colour – this is from the peaty soil in the area from which it is drawn). Our water source is very much finite (you can see our reservoir on the walk out beyond the gate to the hill land). We use low-energy bulbs across the site.
– Use local products where you can: Islay milk from Esknish Farm, great veg and fruit from the wonderful community garden at Bridgend, local oysters can be bought at Craigens , our butchers in Port Ellen and Bowmore stock Islay beef, lamb and game; Jean’s fishvan stocks local fish. Spirited Soaps in Bowmore sells handmade soaps and Islay House Square near Bridgend is a good source of local crafts, including stunning batiks, a great photography studio, and Islay chocolate. An Gleann is lovely Islay tablet. Or, you could try even more local and do a bit of foraging: fish from the rocks, or pick shell fish – just boil whelks, mussels and limpets.
– Keep the noise down. Apart for our own farm animals (!), Kintra is a peaceful site and we would ask all guests to keep it that way.
– Minimise light pollution (have you seen the nightsky here?)
– Use eco products where possible. We try to source eco products for all our housekeeping. As an island business, this can sometimes cost us more but we try our best.
– Tell us what else we can do as a business: let us know what you think would improve our sustainability? We aim to review our policy at least annually, and we want to improve.