Green Tourism

Green Tourism Scheme Website

 

 

We are proud of our Gold award for Green Tourism Scheme VISITOR CHARTER 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.

 

Please also take a look at our wildlife section for info on biodiversity, the seasons at Guisachan and the farming year.
 

A cascading waterfall on the Guisachan Estate, Tomich CARBON OFFSET This informal scheme in conjunction with RSPB gives guests the option to balance carbon emissions on their journey to Tomich.

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A bootprint to symbolise we are Car Free CAR FREE DAYS OUT Leave the car behind to explore the true delights on foot or by bike that the Guisachan Estate and the Glen Affric NNR have to offer.

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Our Micro Hydro Scheme HYDRO SCHEME We are delighted to announce that our very own Hydro Electric Scheme started to generate in February 2016.

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RESPONSIBLE 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.

 

GREEN RESIDENCE POLICY

At Tomich Holidays we are committed to working in a sustainable way. We are undertaking the following actions in order to achieve this:

 

  • We have joined the Green Tourism Business Scheme as an indicator of our sustainable practices
  • We comply with the requirements of environmental legislation and approved codes of practice
  • We have minimised the risks associated with social and environmental issues
  • We reduce pollution, emissions and waste
  • We reduce our use of energy, water and other resources
  • We raise awareness, encourage participation and train employees in sustainable practices
  • We expect similar environmental standards from our suppliers and contractors
  • We assist our customers to use resources and services in an environmentally sensitive way
  • We continue to seek to improve our environmental and social performance.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

" At Tomich Holidays we aim to manage the impact our business has on the environment in as sustainable way as is possible and practical "

 

GREEN ACTION PLAN

We aim to complete the following action points before June 2017:

 

 

  • To replace all C rated appliances with A+ rated.
  • To prepare waste management, % to landfill charts and carbon management plan
  • To create an in-house laundry facility with sustainable practices.
  • To re-house the recycling area with improved signage and information for visitors
  • To complete the online ‘Resource Efficient Scotland’ training module

 

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HYDRO & SOLAR

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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CARBON OFFSET

This 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. To calculate your emissions visit climatecare.org and click on the 'car' logo.

 

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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

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