Here’s 20 of the best glamping sites in Ireland for you to choose from. Escape from it all, enjoy the great outdoors, but do it in style! That’s what glamping is all about, and there’s no better country in the world to try it than Ireland.
1. Rock Farm – Slane, Co. Meath, Ireland
Rock Farm is another glamping site which combines eco-tourism with a selection of varied accommodation. Yurts, shepherds huts and bell tents are set between trees in an undulating meadow. Open to hen and stag parties, weddings, and other groups, there are numerous activities to choose from when staying there, including cycling, kayaking, and of course hiking. Great for an adventure break in Ireland.
Find out more – http://rockfarmslane.ie/
2. Pure Camping – Co. Clare, Ireland
Another glamping site along the Wild Atlantic Way, Pure Camping is an eco retreat in Querrin, near Kilkee, Ireland. Just a 15 minute walk away from a shingle beach, the site has two types of glamping units available, which include Bell Tents and Eco Wooden Cabins. Stay for a night when cycling the Wild Atlantic Way, or a long weekend on a yoga break.
Find out more – http://purecamping.ie/
3. Blackstairs Eco Trails Shepherd’s Huts – Co. Carlow, Ireland
Two shepherds huts provide cosy accommodation at Blackstairs Eco Trails along a floodlit Old Beech Walk. This Ireland glamping site is a must-visit for anyone interested in natural history (there is an excellent library), and nature walks. A delicious organic breakfast is included in the price for glampers.
Find out more – https://www.blackstairsecotrails.ie/
4. Pink Apple Orchard – Co. Leitrim, Ireland
This is a unique Luxury ‘Eco’ Glamping Retreat in beautiful and rustic Leitrim, Ireland. The accommodation is all custom designed and hand built, providing an almost otherworldly setting amongst the apple trees. Guests can choose from 1 of 3 yurts, a hobbit house, Teepee or Gypsy Wagon. Guests are also encouraged to create their own pizzas in the outdoor pizza oven!
Find out more – http://www.irelandglamping.com/
5. Eastcoast Adventure Glamping Pods – Co. Down, Ireland
East Coast Glamping is located about 6 km from Rostrevor village in Co. DOwn, Ireland, with views down the valley to the spectacularly beautiful Carlingford Lough. Mountain Bike enthusiasts and outdoor types love this site, and it is just 10km from the excellent MTB trails in Kilbroney Forest Park. Kayaking and stand up paddle boarding can also be tried in the area when staying in the pods. Each pods can accommodate up to four adults, but glampers will need to provide their own bedding.
Find out more – https://www.eastcoastadventure.com/accommodation/
6. Ballyvolane House Glamping – Co. Cork, Ireland
Set in the grounds of a historic Irish country house, glampers can choose from bell tents and a rather unique glamping ark. Quirky touches such as hot water bottles, denim filled mattresses, tea light chandeliers and a breakfast served until noon make this one of Ireland’s more unusual glamping experiences in Ireland.
Find out more – http://ballyvolanehouse.ie/
7. Dromquinna Manor – Co. Kerry, Ireland
Safari tents in Ireland? You read it right! At Dromquinna glampers are housed in South African style safari tents, including one super-luxury tent known as The Hideway which is perfect for couples seeking a romantic break. Surrounded by the Irish countryside with plenty to see and do, onsite facilities such as the Boat House Bistro, a BBQ area and table tennis round off the experience nicely.
Find out more – http://www.dromquinnamanor.com/
8. Grove Lane Glamping – Co. Kerry, Ireland
Located just outside of Killarney in Co. Kerry, Ireland, this glamping site offers peace and quiet but also easy access to places to enjoy a pint or two over dinner. Five bell tents are wonderfully decorated with Moroccan lamps, stoves, double beds and individual touches which make each tent unique. Upcycled furniture sits next to iPod docking stations, and there are lots of board games and books to choose from. Couples and families alike will enjoy their time here.
Find out more – http://killarneyglamping.com/
9. Emerald Glamping – Co. Offaly, Ireland
Four yurts and two cabins sit among the flowered meadows of Emerald Camping in County Offaly, Ireland. Soft furnishings and handmade beds and chairs deck out the accommodation, and a large campfire burns most nights at the back of the site. There are plenty of activities to enjoy in the area, such as cycling, and kayaking, and there’s even a kids ‘play yurt’.
Find out more – www.emeraldglamping.ie
10. Aran Camping and Glamping – Inis Mor, Co. Galway, Ireland.
Situated on Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands, Aran Camping and Glamping has an idyllic location. With amazing views out over Galway Bay, there are 9 purpose built glamping pods, whose exterior is modeled on the shape of the ancient Clochán stone huts which are scattered about the island. Suitable for up to four people, the glamping pods make a perfect home away from home.
Find out more – https://www.irelandglamping.ie/
11. Portsalon Luxury Camping – Co. Donegal, Ireland
Situated on a hill at Ballymastocker beach Co. Donegal, Ireland, Portsalon Luxury Camping has incredible views all around. Glamping accommodation comes in the form of five yurts, which have king-size beds along with sofa beds, and cosy wood burning stoves. When the weather is good, enjoy outdoor dining by cooking in the firepit and sitting at the table outside of each one. Organic vegetables and eggs can be provided by the property which prides itself on its family-friendly atmosphere. A communal seating area, library and kitchens give guests even more space to relax.
Find out more – https://www.donegalglamping.com/
12. Finn Lough Forest Domes – Co. Fermanagh, Ireland
Ireland Glamping meets space age chic at Finn Lough! Awesome domes with 180 degree transparent walls mean you can enjoy looking up at the sky at night from the comfort of your own bed! Each dome comes with star maps so that you can pick out the constellations in the sky. Meals can be had from the kitchen on the estate.
Find out more here – http://www.finnlough.com/
13. Burren Glamping – Co. Clare, Ireland
Spend the night in a converted horse truck, and the days seeing the farm animals such as Lucy the pig as well as lots of hens, cattles and ducks. Breakfast consists of free-range sausage, bacon and eggs, and the joys of nature are waiting to be explored. Stephen the farmer is an approved guide, and can show you the Burren as well as mention things to look out for in the surrounding area and Ireland in general.
Find out more – http://burrenglamping.com/
14. Teapot Lane Glamping – Co. Leitrim, Ireland
Have you ever wanted to stay in a treehouse? This unique glamping accommodation is set 3 metres off the ground, and sleeps 2 or 3 people. WIth a stove, and a small kitchen, guest can enjoy the deck where they can relax among the leaves as the wind blows by. There are also other options for glamping, which include a 1970s style caravan, yurts, and a cottage. All this is set in a woodland area with campfires which are perfect for roasting marshmallows. A must do on any trip Ireland Glamping trip.
Find out more – https://www.glampingireland.ie/
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15. Belmullet Coast Guard Station – Co. Mayo, Ireland
If remote locations in Ireland are your thing, then the Coast Guard station on Claggan Island would make an excellent choice. Here, there are two glamping pods waiting for guests who really want to get away from it all. Entertainment is going to be what you make it, with the fire pit, BBQ, and picnic tables being a focal point. Kids will love the animals kept nearby such as the ducks, donkeys and cows, and there’s also a sandy beach within easy walking distance.
Find out more – http://belmulletcgs.com/
16. Pod Umna Village – Co. Galway, Ireland
Due to its rather unusual urban setting in Ireland, this glamping site is particularly popular with hen parties, but it also caters for other groups and families. Up to 40 people can fit on the site in the various different types of glamping accommodation which includes a shepherd’s hut, bell tents, and pods. The owners are happy to prepare the site for large groups, and can provide catering along with decoration if desired.
Find out more – http://podumnavillage.ie/
17. Chléire Haven – Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork, Ireland
Mongolian Yurts and Teepees provide the glamping accommodation on Cape Clear Island. Fully kitted out with beds, mini kitchens and wood burning stoves, they make a fantastic place to stay for anyone interested in getting closer to nature. Outdoor activities include hiking, kayaking and even snorkeling, whilst the local pub and tea rooms provide warming refreshments after a day’s exertions. With a strict policy of no noise after 11.00pm, this glamping site is a good choice for families who wish to go Glamping in Ireland.
Find out more – http://yurt-holidays-ireland.com/
18. Wildflower Glamping – Co. Cavan, Ireland
Nestled on top of a hill and overlooking the stunning countryside, this small glamping site has an eclectic selection of glamping accommodation to choose from, which includes a bell tent, hobbit house, yurt, and Wanderly Wagon-style caravan. Each one has a cosy feel with comfy beds and stove. The site caters exclusively for families and couple during July and August, but outside of those months, they can accept groups for events such as team building sessions and hen parties.
Find out more – http://wildflowerglamping.ie/
19. River Valley Holiday Park – Redhill, Co Wicklow, Ireland
This large campsite has tent pitches and caravan spaces for regular users, but also a great choice of Glamping accommodations such as Treehouses, Maxilodges, Microlodges and the cool Kukoo Hut. Although the treehouses are not strictly treehouses (as they are not in trees), they look amazing all the same, and really appeal to families kids! In fact, the entire site is very family friendly, with an 11.00pm curfew and access to lots of activities such as tennis, archery, golf, football, and basketball. Another perfect spot for families to go Glamping in Ireland.
Find out more – http://www.rivervalleypark.ie/glamping/
20. Battlebridge Caravan, Camping & Glamping Park – Co. Leitrim, Ireland
Located on the banks of the River Shannon, Ireland, guests can relax in Bohemian luxury at Battlebridge. Glamping accommodation takes the form of eco pods, stilted cabins, shepherd’s huts or vintage caravans, with each one sleeping up to four people. Positioned right by the cycling, walking and kayaking trail, there are plenty of outdoor activities to keep everyone occupied. The brave might even want to try a little swimming! At night, the onsite pub serves good food with live music in the background some nights.
Find out more – http://battlebridgecaravanandcamping.ie/glamping
Ireland’s The Wild Atlantic Way is the perfect route along which to take a family Glamping road trip. Whether cherry picking different sections in weekend blocks, or completing the entire route in several weeks, you can be assured of seeing Ireland at its delightful best.
The Wild Atlantic Way
At over 1,600 miles in length, the Wild Atlantic Way is one of the longest coastal routes in the world. The route is designed to showcase the very best of Irish natural beauty. You can expect stunning views of coastline, countryside, enchanting villages and ancient monuments along the way. It is a great place for a family adventure, and there is a range of accommodation to choose from along the way varying from campsites to hotels. One form of accommodation growing in popularity with families travelling along the Wild Atlantic Way is glamping, and here’s why.
Glamping on the Wild Atlantic Way
Glamping is often referred to as posh camping, but that’s not really an accurate description. In reality, glamping has little to do with camping at all, apart from the fact that most glamping units or pods are normally located on a camping/glamping site. The reason why glamping is so different from camping, is that there is no need to set a tent up, or indeed to have any experience in sleeping outdoors. Instead, you will stay in a glamping pod or unit.
What is a Glamping Unit or Pod
Glamping units or pods are forms of permanent on-site accommodation. They can vary from yurts to treehouses and everything in between. On the Aran Islands, the glamping units are specially designed based on the shape of the island’s ancient stone huts known as Cochlans.
Glamping pods are normally self contained, having somewhere to shower, cook, and store food. Some may even have outdoor terrace areas and access to shared campsite facilities. In this respect they make an excellent choice for families travelling along the WIld Atlantic Way. Having somewhere the whole family can stay in the same building, being able to cook, and not having to worry about carrying camping gear and bedding is a great bonus when planning a road trip.
Glamping in Ireland
There are a number of glamping sites in Ireland, with perhaps the most unique one being on Inis Mor. The largest of the Aran Islands, Inis Mor is located almost directly in the middle of the Wild Atlantic Way, and an essential stopover point for visitors. Although many people choose to visit the Aran Islands during a day trip, it is by staying for a few nights that the true beauty and nature of the island is revealed.
Glamping on Inis Mor
The purposefully designed glamping units on Inis Mor are suitable for families of up to 4 people. Comfortable and cosy, they contain everything you need to make yourselves feel at home right away. Bedding is provided, there is a fridge to store food, cooking facilities inside as well as a shared camp kitchen, and a shower room. Outside, it is possible to make your own BBQ and enjoy dining al-fresco underneath the stars at night.
What to do on Inis Mor
Inis Mor is almost a microcosm of the Wild Atlantic Way itself. If you only have a few days of vacation, you could head straight to the island and have a full and memorable experience. Outdoor activities such as hiking and cycling are popular on the island, and there are a number of interesting archaeological sites and other notable places of interest to see. Kids will love renting bikes out and being able to cycle from one end of the island to the other, as well as seeing the pony and carts that trot along the roads.
Main Highlights of Inis Mor
Dún Aonghasa (Dun Aengus)
This is the most famous landmark on the island. An incredible fortress designed in a semi-circular fashion, the fort is thought to be over 2000 years old. The fort can be reached after leaving the visitors centre nearby, from where it is a 10 minute climb to the top. The views are certainly worth it though, and it is one of the most remarkable prehistoric sites and fortresses in Europe.
Dún Duchathair (The Black Fort)
The Black Fort is just as intriguing as the first fort, but receives only a fraction of the visitors. As such, it is a great place to explore when staying at the glamping site, as if you get there early enough, you may be the only people there! Inside the fort are the remains of beehive huts, and the walls reach 6 metres in height in some places.
The Worm Hole
A curious rectangular hole at the bottom of the cliffs, which is believed to have been created by natural erosion. From the top, it looks like it might even be a swimming pool! Waters ebb in an out of the pool from underneath, and it is fascinating spending some time there simply looking it at. Red Bull at one point held a cliff diving championship there. We certainly don’t recommend you try this yourselves!
The Puffing Holes
Again, a curiosity that has been created by natural erosion, the Puffing Holes get their name from the water which is pushed into caves and holes at sea level, and is then transferred up the cliffs above, spouting out when it reaches the top. The Puffing Holes are not very well marked, and so you will need to ask at the glamping site for accurate directions before you leave.
Find out more about Glamping on Inis Mor
For more details about glamping on Inis Mor with the family on the Wild Atlantic Way, contact us today. We can answer any questions you may have regarding things to see and do on the island, and also recommend the best time of year to go Camping or Glamping on the Aran Islands.
Inis Mor attracts a certain sort of person. The type who enjoys nature in all its forms, rugged countryside, sweeping views, and tranquility. Here’s 5 hidden gems waiting to be discovered during your time there.
Welcome to Inis Mor
The largest of the Aran Islands, Inis Mor is often considered to be a hidden gem in itself! Many people are unaware of this stunning island sitting right in the middle of the Wild Atlantic Way, just outside Galway Bay. The majority of those that venture there, do so on a day trip to see the ‘main highlights’, and are then on their way once more. Truth be told though, it’s those hidden gems that make Inis Mór so special.
The island is relatively small and compact, and the best way to get around is by bicycle or on foot. In fact, there is a hiking trail around the island covering some 30 miles which will allow you to see many of the hidden gems of Inis Mor listed below. Cycling is perhaps the best way though, especially if staying on the island for several days. You can rent bikes for 10 euros a day, and reach virtually any point on the island within a few hours.
If you are planning to stay for a longer length of time, be sure to ask a local about these less visited sites. In particular, you might want to ask directions for the Puffing Holes. Don’t forget to ask if there is anything else to see or if any events are happening on the island whilst you are there. You never know what you might discover!
The Puffing Holes
There are currently three mapped Puffing Holes on Inis Mor, with the two, large circular ones being the most well known. They get their name from where water crashes into caves beneath the cliffs, and then ‘puffs up’ through the hole. The site can be very spectacular if the waves are particularly powerful when you visit!
Getting there: Some degree of navigation, or very VERY good instructions will be needed to guide you in the right direction, although the hike there is not hard in itself. The holes can be found at the east end of the island, beyond the village of Cill Einne. NOTE – Please use extreme caution when visiting! The holes are not marked, and can appear out of nowhere. Also, make sure to stand clear when the holes are puffing!
St Benan’s Church
St. Benan’s Church is positioned on a hill near Cill Einne on the eastern side of the island. It is said to be the smallest church in Ireland, and legend has it was used by a hermit who may have been associated with a nearby monastery. Unlike many religious buildings it does not have an east-west orientation, but a north-south one, perhaps because of the prevailing windy weather conditions. One can only imagine what life must have been like here, living all alone!
Bun Gabhla is the small village/area at the western end of the island. There’s a sense of remoteness there, and seals bob in the waters by the old pier. If the waves allow, you might get the chance to see people launching the traditional boats or curraghs into the waters. If you are planning on cycling around the island, this is a great area to add into your plans, and certainly worth the pedal!
The ancient fort of Dun Aonghasa is a major attraction of the island, and hardly a hidden gem. There are more forts waiting to be discovered on Inis Mor though! The next biggest is the Black Fort. Although at one point it was thought to be actually larger than Dun Aonghasa, it is nowadays smaller in scale. The Black fort is a much quieter place to visit than its more famous counterpart, and perhaps a little more intriguing. Cliffs surround it on three sides, and there is some question as to whether it was defensive in nature or ceremonial. There’s a strong possibility that when you visit, you will be the only ones there!
There are two more little-known stone forts on Inis Mor as well. These are Dún Eochla and Dún Eoghanachta. The first is at the highest point on the island, and consists of two walls which are almost perfectly round. Getting there involves a hike through some fields. The last fort is Dún Eoghanachta, which is found just off the main road near Sruthán.
The biggest hidden gem on the island of Inis Mor has to be the people though. Proudly keeping the Irish language alive, as well as their heritage, they are friendly and welcoming. There are also a large number of artists for an island with such a small population. Painters, sculptors and even mosaic designer number amongst the inhabitants, and their homemade goods, designs, and artworks can be found on sale in the main town.
Take some time to meet the people, and learn about their lives on the island. How growing up there has given them a different perspective on life. Have a drink or two with them in a local pub, and listen to some live music playing in the background. You’ll soon find that it’s the people you will remember as much or if not more than the places you have seen!
And a bonus hidden gem…
Is a festival a hidden gem? It is if you are a fan of the TV series Father Ted! This yearly event takes place on Craggy Island (Inis Mor) every year, and is great for shenanigans and fun! It does sell out quickly though, so if you want to attend during the month of February with other Ted fanatics, you need to book early. ‘That’s mad Ted’!