Kilmartin Castle is committed to promoting a more sustainable way of life offering accommodation for the sustainably minded traveller.
We strive to provide a positive experiences for visitors, with clear information prior to their visit and only recommending other businesses who also have a sustainable outlook.
We have taken a number of steps to reduce our environmental footprint at Kilmartin Castle.
WHAT WE BUY
We support local farmers with high standards of animal welfare and free range livestock practices when sourcing meat. Our eggs are from Bellochantuy Farm and Milk from the cows of Wee Isle Dairy on the Isle of Gigha. We passionately support our small independent shops on our local high street including Marmalade, an ethical deli, and Murrays, a family owned smokery. Our bread is handmade Sourdough from Lucy’s of Ardfern.
In our bathrooms you will find Who Gives A Crap loo roll, who donate 50% of their profits to their mission of ensuring that everyone has access to clean water and a toilet within our lifetime. Toilet roll is made from sustainably grown bamboo. Shampoo, conditioner and body wash are Faith in Nature, natural, cruelty free and vegan. Rivka moved to Scotland where she gathered seaweed from the beach to make their first shampoo. Their bottles are 100% recycled and recyclable and product is dispensed into beautiful pottery in our bathrooms, handmade by Glasgow artist Claire Henry.
GARDEN DESIGN AND PLANTING
In 2021 we worked with award winning Chelsea Flower Show designer Amber Crowley, to create a garden with nature in mind. We built a large wild swimming pool which provides the opportunity to swim in fresh, clear water without a trace of chemicals, but also attracts and sustains a wide array of wildlife, drastically increasing the biodiversity of our garden.
A dry stone wall divides the raised lawn from the newly planted orchard and has been built without mortar, the many nooks and crannies are so valuable for wildlife. Lichen, mosses and ferns grow on and between the rocks, bees visit the nectar-giving flowers that grow in less exposed areas; and frogs, toads and slow-worms shelter in damp crevices.
We grow our own herbs, fruits, and vegetables in our organic kitchen garden and encourage you, when staying with us as a self-catering guest, to treat the garden as an addition to your welcome hamper, picking and using anything ripe and ready.
FOOD AND WATER
We support #ZeroFoodWaste and promote eating greener. We minimise leftover food by asking you to make your breakfast selection the evening before so we can prep only what we need. We believe that the more vegetarian food we eat, the better this is for the climate. Therefore, good vegetarian and vegan options are always available on our breakfast menu. Our composting with the breakdown of food waste in the soil goes into our raised beds and feeds the new vegetables we grow.
Our early riser breakfast hampers use fully compostable containers and reusable coffee cups.
We work with local Argyll Coffee Roasters who believe in sustainability and paying a fair price to growers for their beans. We mix our own castle blend, Wake the Bishop. A local artist designed and produces our cards and we print our own tea towels. Handmade Candle Co make our candles and room sprays. Their materials are sourced carefully, ethically and locally with the environment in mind. All products are vegan, cruelty-free, phthalate & paraben free.
All for sale in the Grand Hall Gift Shop.
We use tap water! In the UK, our obsession with bottled water means that over 2.5 billion litres is consumed each year which in turn leads to around 8 billion plastic bottles being discarded. The majority are sent for recycling, but an alarming number are either sent to landfills or left to pollute our waterways. Tap water is often much purer as it has to pass more stringent compliance tests, and to date, Scottish tap water has a 99.89% pass rate. Our tap water is also passed through a carbon filter for extra peace of mind.
Our electricity provider uses renewable energy sources primarily from wind, solar and hydro (water) sources to power their 100% green electricity.
OUR CORE VALUES
Reduce | Re-use | Recycle
Eradicate single use plastic
Value people | Pay fairly
Support local | Reduce food miles