As proud partners of Leave No Trace Ireland, we train all of our guides in the Leave No Trace Ireland awareness programme.
Twelve of our staff have qualified as Leave No Trace Trainers. This approach not only ensures that our footprint on the landscape remains minimal. It also enables us to raise the level of environmental awareness among Vagabond guests
You might assume that operating larger vehicles is not a responsible way of showing visitors Ireland. However, there are several reasons why we think it’s one of the more efficient methods.
We continue to invest heavily in our fleet. Almost all of our tour vehicles use the very latest Volkswagen 1.9l turbo diesel or Mercedes 2.2l turbo diesel engines.
Our vehicles can carry up to 16 people plus luggage. The CO2 emitted per person is a relatively small amount when compared to, say, 2 people driving a rental car with a 1.3l engine.
Our drivers are trained by experts to drive in a smooth, safe and considerate way. This is vital for safety and passenger comfort. But smooth driving also significantly reduces fuel consumption.
Vagabond is extremely strict as to where its vehicles can be taken off road. Any driving on beaches is done very carefully to avoid damaging dunes or other sensitive ecosystems. Other off-road routes follow manmade tracks. We never cross ‘virgin land’. Local consent and advice are always obtained before driving off road.
In 2017, we changed how we clean Vagabond tour vehicles.
Vehicles are only jet-washed at completion of each tour. While on tour, our guides clean the vehicles using Lilly’s Eco Clean internally and NoH20 externally.
These eco-friendly cleaning products are applied with reusable micro-fibre cloths. Back at Vagabond HQ, the cloths are washed with Ecover eco-friendly tablets and stored in washable cloth bags.
We calculate that this saves in excess of 48,000 litres of water per year.
We carry around our own compostable coffee cups so our guests don't have to use non-recyclable cups when enjoying their take away coffee.
We save water, conserve fuel and practice Leave No Trace while on tourFind Out More
We operate a green headquarters by recycling, saving water and energy.Find Out More
We go further by litter picking, educating our guests and helping local communities.Find Out More
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