The Gyreum is a great idea, but is really struggling under the mismanagement of its owner. I stayed there twice, once with a group in March, where we were very well treated by the German couple who were volunteering at the Gyreum in the owner's absence. I returned alone for a few days and it was like a different place. The owner was in residence, the place was filthy, there was no hot water for showers, no proper shower working anyway, "eco-toliet" facilities only. I was paying full price for a single room, despite being put in a dorm which I was told I would have to share if more guests arrived, but was recieving aboslutely no service from the Gyreum beyond the bare bones of a roof over my head. I had booked in for 5 nights. I lasted for 3. The owner needs to have a real re-think about what he's trying to achieve with the Gyreum. It could be a fantastic place, but at the moment it seems to be being run in to the ground. It seems that eco is an excuse for skeleton facilities and services.There were also a few frustrated WOFFers volunteering at the place under very little guidance.
On the plus side, the surrounding landscape is fabulous. It is not that far from any of the good hikes in SLigo or from SLigo Town itself, although it is very isolated so you will most likely need a car.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Gyreum, Ireland’s first ecolodge to be awardedthe EU Eco-Label for tourist accommodation offers a venue like none other. Located near Castlebaldwin, Co. Sligo, overlooking Lough Arrow and nestling in the heart of Sligo’s cairn topped mountains. With open fire and large movie screen you can spend time relaxing in the circular hall or reading in the cosy, glass domed library. Alternatively you can explore ancient archaeology sites or surf or walk in the Bricklieve mountains or do damn all. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gyreum Ecolodge Ireland/Riverstown