Glenuig Inn was renovated in 2008 with sustainability at its heart. We consider the environmental impact of everything we do.
The original building pre-dates the Jacobite Rising of 1745 and is nestled in a relatively remote bay on the Sound of Arisaig in the West Highlands of Scotland.
The challenges are far reaching but, during the renovation and to the present day, by implementing a host of initiatives covering all aspects of environmental management we ensure that the concept remains sustainable.
Also important is preserving the environment around us, so encouraging biodiversity and protecting the very thing that the area is renowned for . . . beautiful unspoilt countryside, coastline and waters.
In reality, that means that we use 100% renewable energy, we don’t have any single use plastics, we have reduced waste to landfill by 98.5%, no food waste leaves site nor is it composted, and the garden and immediate area is full of birdsong and wildlife.
Since February 2015, the inn has operated using 100% renewable energy from biomass for heating and hot water and 100% green electricity sourced as locally as possible from hydro schemes. The biomass boiler uses wood pellet and up to 10% by volume of dried & sterilised food waste incorporated into it.
Today, the topics of food waste and food security is high on everyone’s agenda. We have a system to enable us to use any food waste as part of the fuel mix to provide heating and hot water.
Our Food Waste Dryer dries and sterilises all the food waste on site and which is then mixed with wood pellet in the biomass boiler to provide heating and hot water.
The ash from the biomass boiler, which still contains the minerals and calcium from the dried food waste, is used in our kitchen herb garden
Waste to landfill
We work really hard to keep our waste to landfill low by recycling and reusing wherever possible. We employ a Packaging Take Back scheme and enjoy huge support for this from our local suppliers.
Sustainable supply chain management
We work with our suppliers to get deliveries in as large quantities as possible to reduce the carbon impact of transport. We look for suppliers with green credentials, and positively seek those whose supply ethos aligns with our drive to reduce reliance upon re-cycling.
We source products which are as local, natural and healthy as possible, and out of preference buy from small independent suppliers with green credentials.
When the building was renovated, it was wrapped externally with insulation (like a duvet) meaning that everything within it contributes to the thermal mass, thus creating a stable internal temperature, as well as making the building energy efficient. The breathable wood fibre insulation also acts as a carbon sink.
Single Use Plastic
We avoid buying single use plastics and do not offer plastic straws. Instead when you stay, we use a natural and organic shower and soap from dispensers in the rooms and we offer a flask of fresh milk for coffee and teas.
Our on site laundry facility allows us to make our own choices and to reduce the environmental impact of unnecessary transport.