For little adventurers and adult explorers alike, the glamping and camping options around the island of Ireland are nothing short of endless
Whether you’re looking for an intimate high-end luxury site, a wild spot on an exquisite landscape to pitch your tent, or a taste of something different for the whole family, find something to suit in this pick of 10 of the best glamping and camping spots from right across the Emerald Isle.
Ballyvolane House Glamping, County Cork
This stylish glamping site is in the lush gardens of an eighteenth-century Georgian house, the home of Cork’s famous Bertha’s Revenge gin. On arrival to your four or five-metre bell tent you will be welcomed with the likes of homemade chocolate cookies and locally made apple juice.
Rathwood Farm, County Down
Wake up in a luxury pod to a view of Northern Ireland’s iconic Mourne Mountains, part of the classy Further Space collection. Each cosy pod accommodates four, is fully furnished and you even have a shower room. All the comforts of home, but in a spectacular location.
Sleepy Hollows, County Donegal
Camp out in insulated huts and cabins nestled in a natural woodland site in an Irish-speaking part of the Wild Atlantic Way. The campsite is just minutes away from the local pubs, a Blue Flag beach, Errigal Mountain, Glenveagh National Park and more. Over 18s only.
Let’s Go Hydro, Belfast
When it comes to action-packed glamping, this is it. Situated in the outskirts of Belfast, this extensive water activity park offers a splashing good time and caters for campers, glampers and caravanners of every type, from intrepid solo travellers to large extended families.
Galey Bay Camping, County Roscommon
Located along the shores of the majestic Lough Ree and just a short distance from Roscommon town, this is a fine pitch for exploring Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. Hire a boat and explore the lough’s many islands, or head to Clonmacnoise, an ancient monastic site where time stands still.
Clissmann Caravans, County Wicklow
For a quirky, family-friendly break book a stay at this horse and donkey farm, set in the heart of the Ireland’s Ancient East. You will stay in a charming old-style glamping gypsy caravan, get back to basics and feel a new connection with nature.
Rathlin Glamping, Rathlin island
Glamping in splendid isolation doesn’t get any better than this rugged island off the coast of County Antrim. You will see the pods on the shoreline as you enter the island’s harbour on the ferry. Once settled in, you will have uninterrupted sea views and a large slice of peaceful, Wi-Fi-free island life.
Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park, County Mayo
Put the ‘wild’ in wild camping at this remote stretch of mountain and peatland wilderness. You need to register first, but then you can set up your tent for the night at a number of designated spots and stargaze to your heart’s content.
Sperrin View Glamping, County Tyrone
Located in an area of outstanding beauty at the foothills of the Sperrins, these glamping pods allow you to lie in bed and gaze up at the stars in one of Northern Ireland’s best dark sky locations. The pods are also only metres away from one of Ireland’s oldest heritage sites, the Beaghmore Stone Circles.
Podumna Village, County Galway
This unique pod village is one of Ireland’s most innovative and creative glamping sites. Set in the heart of Portumna town you will have all the fun and feel of a woodland setting with the added convenience of a town central location with a great range of shops, pubs and restaurants nearby.