Our Green Policies
Fresh, seasonal, locally sourced food
Our Head Chef sources local produce wherever possible: oysters from Hugo & Judith of Caledonian Oysters just down the road in Barcaldine, langoustines from Hughie MacLeod who has been sustainably creel fishing for the Pierhouse for more than 20 years. Our fresh vegetables, herbs and summer soft fruits come from Janet at Druimneil House and Gardens here in Port Appin. Game and venison comes from Roy at Letterfinlay, just north of Fort William. Read more about our local suppliers here>
Promoting nature and wildlife
We know that our guests are drawn to the natural beauty of our west coast setting. We love to share as much knowledge and information as we can to help our guests take full advantage of the nature and wildlife around the hotel.
- We have installed bird feeders and bird boxes to attract local birds including chaffinch, green finch, blue tit, great tit, siskin, robin, wrens and more. Guests in our Cliff Facing rooms can enjoy looking out of their bedroom windows to watch the birds feed.
- Binoculars are on hand in the restaurant to take a closer look at wildlife on and above the sea loch – with sightings of cormorants, shags, oyster catchers, eider ducks, seals, buzzards and, once every so often, sea eagles and otters.
- We promote cycling and walking activities straight from the hotel. We have the wonderful Sustrans National Cycle Network Route 78 - Oban to Fort William - on our doorstep, as is the beautiful island of Lismore. We have our own bicycles for hire to our hotel guests along with a wealth of suggestions and information in our Explore area of the website.
- We have created a ‘Nature and News’ book in our resident’s snug with photographs and stories from our staff and guests about local wildlife; we encourage guests to contribute and send us their stories.
- We have our own Local Walks and Information folder which we constantly update with new ideas for our guests and we regularly have new stories on our website blog about local activities for our guests to enjoy.
Recycle, reduce and reuse in the hotel
We are continually working to reduce our carbon footprint within the hotel with a wide range of sustainability projects:
- Throughout the hotel we use eco friendly cleaning products for all of our many and varied cleaning tasks. These are supplied to us by Iain Stewart of Caledonia Washrooms from Delphis Eco. Read more>
- All of our waste water and sewerage is disposed of through a Klargester Biodisk septic tank.
- In our laundry we have installed the most energy efficient machines possible and have also installed pulley systems for drying towels to help reduce the amount of energy used in tumble drying.
- We invite all guests to contribute to our green policy during their stay by reusing towels in their bathrooms wherever possible for stays of more than one night.
- We reduce our paper trail through the efficient use of our office technology. We do as much as we can online with regard to booking confirmations, payments and receipts.
- We recycle used office paper for our restaurant order pads. We recycle as much paper, cardboard and glass as possible.
- Our cooking oil is recycled through the company we buy it from. Our supplier takes away our used cooking oil to filter and reuse.
- We have recycling bins for kitchen vegetable waste which we compost.
- We use energy efficient lightbulbs in the hotel.
- We monitor our progress through a ‘Green Team’ comprising Caroline, Nikki, Janette, Laura and Nick. New initiatives are discussed at regular staff meetings and all staff receive training in using our green products.
Of course these are only small steps in our journey to being more sustainable. We're proud of how far we've come - we're delighted to have received the Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award and Trip Advisor GreenLeaders Silver award below.
Green Tourism also has some everyday tips on how to reduce our impact on the world through simple, positive changes. Read more here>
Trip Advisor GreenLeaders programme
The Trip Advisor GreenLeaders Programme is a voluntary programme which recognises hotels and B&Bs that engage in environmentally friendly practices, making it easier for travellers to find and book a greener stay. Qualifying properties are marked with a badge on their TripAdvisor page. At The Pierhouse we're pleased to have reached the GreenLeaders Silver level and are aiming to improve on this still further in the future.