Green Tourism

VISITOR CHARTER

We encourage all our guests to be responsible visitors:

 

  • Save energy – switch off lights and close windows if heating is on
  • Give the car a rest – use the local bus, walk or hire a bike
  • Shop locally – look at the Guest Information Folder located in your property for information on local shops
  • Recycle – the recycling bins are available at the entrance to the Lodges
  • Compost – a small bin in the kitchen is provided for you to help us towards composting. Full details of what may be composted are listed in the Guest Information Folder
  • Be water wise – turn off the tap when brushing your teeth and use dish washer/ washing machines wisely
  • Respect nature – help us to look after the landscape and wildlife by using footpaths and cycle-ways responsibly and not littering. Leave no Trace.
  • Support Green Tourism businesses.

In 2015, we achieved the highest GOLD award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme, which reflects our commitment to the environment and our long term vision for the future of green tourism at Tomich holidays.

Read our grading report

CARBON OFFSET

This informal scheme in conjunction with RSPB gives guests the option to balance carbon emissions on their journey to Tomich.

The neighbouring Corrimony RSPB reserve borders the Guisachan Estate and this forest restoration scheme will benefit the black grouse regeneration programme.

Each sapling costs £5 to buy and this will offset approx. 730 kg of carbon over 100 years. The average 1000 mile journey in a diesel car at 40mpg produces 0.3 tonnes of carbon and in a petrol car produces 0.26 tonnes.

For further details or to sign up to this scheme, please email the office.

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CAR FREE DAYS OUT

Here are some options for exploring the delights of the natural environment around Tomich without needing to use your car.

  • Dog Falls 3.2km / 2 miles (from Dog Falls car park) or 19.3km /12 miles (from Tomich Holidays)
  • Coire Loch 5.2km / 3.25 mile (from Dog Falls car park) or 20.8km / 13 mile (from Tomich Holidays)
  • River Affric – Great for the Wee Ones – 2.1km / 1.3 mile (from River Affric car park) or 14.7km / 9.2mile (One way from Tomich Holidays)
  • Plodda Falls – 2km / 1.25 mile (From Plodda Falls car park) or 9km / 5.6 mile (From Tomich Holidays)
  • Tomich Monument – 7.5 km / 5 miles from Tomich Holidays
  • Corrimony RSPB Reserve – 12km / 8 miles from Tomich Holidays

HYDRO SCHEME

As well as the proactive steps being taken to reduce waste and power usage, at Tomich Holidays we are committed to the more exciting side of trying to generate our electricity from renewable sources using ‘green’ technology. Since it was first installed the swimming pool here has been operating using heat exchangers to provide the warmth for both the air and water for the pool. Heat exchangers, sometimes called ‘heat pumps’ operate like a refrigerator in reverse, where the heat (normally discarded from the back of your fridge) is saved and the cold air is blown out through a vent in the side of the building. Whilst this requires no burning of fossil fuel, it does use large quantities of electricity and it is important that we do everything we can to ensure that this power is generated from renewable sources. In the summer of 2013, many of you will have noticed the installation of the solar panels on the pool roof and the neighbouring barn. This significant investment in 36 x 250W Photo Voltaic (PV) solar panels will generate up to 9 KW electricity which is used, directly to supply the power to run the heat pumps. Any surplus energy is fed to the grid, just as additional power at other times, is drawn from the grid.

In October 2014 work began on our Hydro Electric Scheme, marking the end of more than five years of planning, design and delays and the exciting start of the construction phase of the project. Whilst you don’t need to be a Hydro Engineer to realise that October is not the optimum time to commence work on this type of project, we were able to make a useful start on the access roads and the foundations of the intake dam, before the winter weather closed in and put a halt to further work until the spring.

The Scheme is based on the Allt Currachan burn, which is the one that you drive over as you enter the village of Tomich (under the ‘temporary’ little hump bridge after the cattle grid). For the technical reader, we are installing an Horizontal axis, Pelton turbine with a gross head of 136 metres, which will produce a maximum output of 85 kW at 1000 rpm. What this actually means is that we will extract water about a kilometre up the hill and then by a 300 mm diameter pipe deliver it through two nozzles at extreme pressure onto the blades of a turbine directly coupled to a generator. Electro–mechanical servo motors operate valves on the two nozzles to control the water flow so that the power generated is matched to the water available in the burn.

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