Protecting Orkney’s pristine environment is vitally important to our family and we’re committed to making Unigar Cottages as sustainable and efficient a business as possible.
With that in mind, we’ve installed a 5kw turbine to supply the power for the cottages and to run their air source under floor heating systems.
We have motion sensors to reduce external light use and have changed to LED lighting throughout the cottages. They’re also equipped with modern, energy efficient appliances.
When we clean the cottages between changeovers, we use only environmentally friendly products, and are mindful of what we put down the drains.
Meanwhile, all of the waste from the cottages is processed through an anaerobic digester with no environmental impact. And we’ve planted trees around the grounds of the cottages too.
We also like to encourage our guests to think sustainably and respectfully ask them to…
- Recycle glass, tins, paper and plastic into the bins provided
- Turn off electrical appliances and lights when they are not needed
- Use the outside washing lines provided when possible
- Support our community by buying local food, drink and crafts
Beyond that, we urge our guests to get out and experience the great outdoor opportunities Orkney has to offer, explore local nature reserves with national and internationally important wildlife, walk our beaches and coasts, and discover the wonders of the Orkney’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Our environmental efforts have been recognised with a Gold Green Tourism Business Scheme award, which we’re very proud of!