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The Environment
Green Tourism Award plaque

Green Tourism Silver Award

In 2019, Argyll Estates and Inveraray Castle received the Green Tourism Silver Award for the first time after performing considerable work on making the estate and historic property more environmentally friendly. This was then reconfirmed in 2020. 

We are proud to have achieved this level of award every year since, although we recognise more can be done to further our progress in this area. It is a work in progress and we can't wait to share how we hope to improve on this area in the near future. Read our 2019 and 2022 reports below: 
Trees Planted in 2022
FSC Compliant Since (year)
Environmentally Friendly Transport
  • Our staff all car-share to work, and we would encourage others to do the same where possible. For more information on getting here using environmentally friendly methods, see our How To Get Here page.

Environmental Policies

Our Environmentally Friendly Journey: 2019 - 2023

January - present

2023 Achievements:

  • Updated current machinery to make it run more effectively
  • Staff uniform jumpers purchased through Glenmuir, and are made up of eco-friendly all-natural British wool
  • Use of chemical herbicides is now minimal, using physical removal of weeds whenever possible

January - present

December 2022

Tree Planting Statistics:

  • 43,000 trees planted in 2022

January - December 2022

2022 Achievements:

  • Automatic taps added to the visitor toilets, as well as LED lights
  • Tea Room food waste is composted for use in our gardens

January - December 2022

January - December 2021

2021 Achievements:

  • All plastic bags in the Gift Shop replaced with biodegradable alternatives made of paper

October 2020

Green Tourism Award:

  • Argyll Estates/Inveraray Castle silver award re-confirmed

October 2020

January - December 2020

2020 Achievements:

  • All lightbulbs active for more than 6 hours per day have been changed to LED
  • A wild flower meadow area was declared in formal gardens
  • Introduced re-usable coffee cups that are available to buy in our Gift Shop and Tea Room
  • All plastic takeaway containers  discontinued and switched to fully-compostable alternatives

October 2019

Green Tourism Award:

  • Argyll Estates/Inveraray Castle awarded silver for the first time

October 2019

Action Plan

Argyll estates has set out the below items that it recognises need improvement: 

  • Implementing green forms of energy e.g. solar panels
  • Replacing electric heaters with air source heat pumps
  • Installing electric car charging points
  • Implement hydro scheme - has approval and planning permission 
  • Phase out cleaning products where the ingredients include Phosphate or Chlorine
  • Improve access to recycling bins 

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