What to bring and not to bring – A simple guide to help you prepare for Glamping at Aran Camping and Glamping

What to bring and not to bring – A simple guide to help you prepare for Glamping at Aran Camping and Glamping

You’ve booked your glamping holiday at Aran Camping and Glamping, and can’t wait to go! First, though, you are going to need to pack. The question is, what should you take with you? This quick guide goes over some of the essentials.

 

Glamping in Ireland

If you are counting down the days until your glamping holiday in Ireland, you might want to think about some of the things you should take with you. As you will be staying in a fully equipped glamping unit, you don’t need to bring as much as you might on a regular camping holiday, but with that said, there are perhaps one or two items you might not have thought about. Whilst this list isn’t exhaustive, it does give you a good base from where to start on what to bring and not bring with you.

 

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⛺️Camping on the Aran Islands⛺️ We offer traditional camping with a modern twist. At a great rate of €10 per person per night, did you know about all the facilities and services that come included: ☀️Our campers kitchen which has everything you need in it to make you and your friends a yummy meal ☀️Complimentary use of our camp BBQ ☀️Free entry into Dún Aonghasa (worth €5) ☀️Access to our purpose built solar-powered ladies and gents shower block ☀️Access to our 24-hour coin operated laundry room ☀️Free Wifi in our reception area ☀️Ample space and your own choice of where you would like to pitch your tent ☀️Access to power points to charge your phone ☀️On-site day/night security and reception services Bargain! What are you waiting for? Get the gang together and book today: www.irelandglamping.ie #WildAtlanticWay #Galway #Camping #Glamping #QualityTime #IslandEscape #OutdoorNation #Summer #Adventure

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What To Take With You

 

Clothes

You are obviously going to need to pack some clothes, and normally you would pack clothes depending on the season you are visiting. It’s fair to say, that Ireland can be a bit different though! Sure, you might have a nice hot Summer’s day when you arrive, but the next day the temperature could drop, rain could appear, or the wind could pick up. Knowing about this change of weather is particularly important especially if you plan to do any hiking during your holiday.

Plan your clothes around a ‘layering’ system, and this way you have every eventuality covered! A warm fleece or coat for the evenings is advisable, as is a rain jacket if you intend to do any hiking. In the summer you will want a sunhat, and if you are feeling brave, something to swim in. During the other months, a warm hat and maybe even gloves might be good options. Spare footwear is also a smart choice in case you get a pair wet, and spare clothes for the kids in case they get wet and muddy is always advisable. The rule of thumb – Pack for the worst, and hope for the best!

 

Shoes

We’ve touched briefly on shoes, but if you plan to do any hiking a comfortable pair of walking shoes is always an advantage. Whilst hiking on the Aran Islands is not technical in nature, a dedicated pair of comfy shoes is always a bonus. In the Summer, you might want to pack a pair of flip-flops or sandals. Having a spare pair of shoes is always a good idea in case one pair gets wet during the holiday.

 

Towels and Bedding

All bedding is provided in the glamping units at Aran Camping and Glamping, so there is no need to bring any additional sheets. Comfortable pillows and duvets are provided, and the units are all heated in case you are staying when the nights get a little chillier. You’ll need to bring your toiletries with you, but that’s it!

 

aran-glamping-kitchen

You can also make use of the shared kitchen and BBQ that are on the glamping site. Photo Credit: Katy Snyder

Food

Inis Mór has plenty of shops, stores, and places to eat, so you are never going to go hungry! However, if you have any special dietary requirements, you might want to make sure you bring some items with you which you might consider ‘non-standard’. A full range of gluten-free products might not be available, for example. You can also make use of the shared kitchen and BBQ that are on the glamping site if you prefer to make your own meals. Eating alfresco is perfect on a warm Summer’s evening!

 

 

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This is one place on earth to bring a pair of binoculars

Binoculars

This might seem a bit random, but hear us out! If there is one place on earth to bring a pair of binoculars, it’s Inis Mór. They will help you more than ever when looking down expansive stretches of coastline. You’ll be able to pick out nesting birds from a distance and can even see more clearly back to the mainland. At night, why not use them to look up at the stars? You will be amazed at how big our universe feels when you are enjoying time on the deck outside your glamping pod looking up at the sky at night. A glass of wine at the same time is purely optional!

 

A Smile

No holiday is complete without a smile, so bring one along with you! We’re sure you are going to love it on Inis Mór and take away many happy memories with you.

 

 

What to leave behind

 

Gadgets

We would say that you should leave behind as many gadgets as you can. Who wants to be looking at Netflix when you have an amazing star-filled sky to look at? Who wants to check email, when there are new friends to be made and music to be listened to at a traditional Irish pub? Sure, take your phone and use it for videos and photos to share with your family and friends, but enjoy your time ‘in the moment’ more. The laptop can stay at home!

 

The Car

You will need to leave your car behind at the ferry port at either Doolin or Rossaveal outside of Galway before travelling to Inis Mór as the ferries do not carry cars. The great news though, is that Inis Mór is compact enough to get around either by hiking or by hiring a bicycle. This will bring you even closer to feeling at one with nature. An important point to remember is that any items that you want to bring with you, will need to fit in luggage you can carry yourself. Parking is available at both ports for your vehicle.

 

Further Information

If you have any further questions as to what you should or shouldn’t bring with you for your glamping holiday at Aran Camping and Glamping, please get in touch with our team. We will be happy to answer, and also provide any further information about the island you require. Here’s to planning your perfect getaway break on the Aran Islands!

10 Things to do in Connemara

10 Things to do in Connemara

You’ve booked your glamping holiday at Aran Camping and Glamping, and can’t wait to go! First, though, you are going to need to pack. The question is, what should you take with you? This quick guide goes over some of the essentials.

 

Glamping in Ireland

If you are counting down the days until your glamping holiday in Ireland, you might want to think about some of the things you should take with you. As you will be staying in a fully equipped glamping unit, you don’t need to bring as much as you might on a regular camping holiday, but with that said, there are perhaps one or two items you might not have thought about. Whilst this list isn’t exhaustive, it does give you a good base from where to start on what to bring and not bring with you.

 

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⛺️Camping on the Aran Islands⛺️ We offer traditional camping with a modern twist. At a great rate of €10 per person per night, did you know about all the facilities and services that come included: ☀️Our campers kitchen which has everything you need in it to make you and your friends a yummy meal ☀️Complimentary use of our camp BBQ ☀️Free entry into Dún Aonghasa (worth €5) ☀️Access to our purpose built solar-powered ladies and gents shower block ☀️Access to our 24-hour coin operated laundry room ☀️Free Wifi in our reception area ☀️Ample space and your own choice of where you would like to pitch your tent ☀️Access to power points to charge your phone ☀️On-site day/night security and reception services Bargain! What are you waiting for? Get the gang together and book today: www.irelandglamping.ie #WildAtlanticWay #Galway #Camping #Glamping #QualityTime #IslandEscape #OutdoorNation #Summer #Adventure

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What To Take With You

 

Clothes

You are obviously going to need to pack some clothes, and normally you would pack clothes depending on the season you are visiting. It’s fair to say, that Ireland can be a bit different though! Sure, you might have a nice hot Summer’s day when you arrive, but the next day the temperature could drop, rain could appear, or the wind could pick up. Knowing about this change of weather is particularly important especially if you plan to do any hiking during your holiday. Plan your clothes around a ‘layering’ system, and this way you have every eventuality covered! A warm fleece or coat for the evenings is advisable, as is a rain jacket if you intend to do any hiking. In the summer you will want a sunhat, and if you are feeling brave, something to swim in. During the other months, a warm hat and maybe even gloves might be good options. Spare footwear is also a smart choice in case you get a pair wet, and spare clothes for the kids in case they get wet and muddy is always advisable. The rule of thumb – Pack for the worst, and hope for the best!  

Shoes

We’ve touched briefly on shoes, but if you plan to do any hiking a comfortable pair of walking shoes is always an advantage. Whilst hiking on the Aran Islands is not technical in nature, a dedicated pair of comfy shoes is always a bonus. In the Summer, you might want to pack a pair of flip-flops or sandals. Having a spare pair of shoes is always a good idea in case one pair gets wet during the holiday.  

Towels and Bedding

All bedding is provided in the glamping units at Aran Camping and Glamping, so there is no need to bring any additional sheets. Comfortable pillows and duvets are provided, and the units are all heated in case you are staying when the nights get a little chillier. You’ll need to bring your toiletries with you, but that’s it!  

aran-glamping-kitchen

You can also make use of the shared kitchen and BBQ that are on the glamping site. Photo Credit: Katy Snyder

 

 

Food

Inis Mór has plenty of shops, stores, and places to eat, so you are never going to go hungry! However, if you have any special dietary requirements, you might want to make sure you bring some items with you which you might consider ‘non-standard’. A full range of gluten-free products might not be available, for example. You can also make use of the shared kitchen and BBQ that are on the glamping site if you prefer to make your own meals. Eating alfresco is perfect on a warm Summer’s evening!    

aran-islands-bird-watching

This is one place on earth to bring a pair of binoculars

 

 

Binoculars

This might seem a bit random, but hear us out! If there is one place on earth to bring a pair of binoculars, it’s Inis Mór. They will help you more than ever when looking down expansive stretches of coastline. You’ll be able to pick out nesting birds from a distance and can even see more clearly back to the mainland. At night, why not use them to look up at the stars? You will be amazed at how big our universe feels when you are enjoying time on the deck outside your glamping pod looking up at the sky at night. A glass of wine at the same time is purely optional!  

A Smile

No holiday is complete without a smile, so bring one along with you! We’re sure you are going to love it on Inis Mór and take away many happy memories with you.    

What to leave behind

 

Gadgets

We would say that you should leave behind as many gadgets as you can. Who wants to be looking at Netflix when you have an amazing star-filled sky to look at? Who wants to check email, when there are new friends to be made and music to be listened to at a traditional Irish pub? Sure, take your phone and use it for videos and photos to share with your family and friends, but enjoy your time ‘in the moment’ more. The laptop can stay at home!

 

The Car

You will need to leave your car behind at the ferry port at either Doolin or Rossaveal outside of Galway before travelling to Inis Mór as the ferries do not carry cars. The great news though, is that Inis Mór is compact enough to get around either by hiking or by hiring a bicycle. This will bring you even closer to feeling at one with nature. An important point to remember is that any items that you want to bring with you, will need to fit in luggage you can carry yourself. Parking is available at both ports for your vehicle.

 

Further Information

If you have any further questions as to what you should or shouldn’t bring with you for your glamping holiday at Aran Camping and Glamping, please get in touch with our team. We will be happy to answer, and also provide any further information about the island you require. Here’s to planning your perfect getaway break on the Aran Islands!

Four Seasons of Glamping

Four Seasons of Glamping

Many people think that you can only go glamping during the summer months, but there are 3 more seasons to the year! With glamping sites open all the year around, you can enjoy the great outdoors whenever you want.

Glamping is for all seasons

Everybody loves their summer holiday, and wants to make the most of the best weather possible, but summer is not the only season in which to take a vacation. Outdoor enthusiasts know that the spring and autumn months are excellent times of year for outdoor activities such as hiking and cycling, and photographers love exploring the countryside in winter for those unique, crispy shots.

Glamping sites around the world stay open throughout the year, and Aran Islands Camping and Glamping is no exception. Our thoughtfully designed glamping units are warm and cosy thanks to their heating systems, and we welcome visitors keen on staying on Inis Mor during the winter months.

Not sure if glamping at any other time of the year than summer is for you? Let’s take a look at each season, and see if we can persuade you!

Winter

Winter is not a season that most people associate with camping. Perhaps it is because of distant memories from their childhood of trying to stay warm in the cold and the rain in an inadequate tent. Glamping is of course completely different to camping!

There is no need to worry about being cold or uncomfortable at night, as the special ‘Cochlans’ on Inis Mor are snug, warm, and cosy. The heating system will ensure you are never cold, and you will be completely shielded from the elements once inside.

This then gives you the perfect base from which to explore the island during the winter months. With far fewer tourists, it’s also an ideal time to really experience island life as the locals do. You can visit the main attractions as normal, but make sure to spend some time in front of the fireplaces of a pub or two, listen to some live music, and get chatting with people. It will feel a world away from your regular life!

Spring

New life starts to appear during the spring. The days start getting longer, the temperatures gradually improve, and flowers start to appear. If you had made a New Year’s resolution to be more active, Spring is the season where you can quite literally spring into action!

In addition to being able to get some hiking done, Spring is also the start of the festival season on the island. You can check out our other blog post about festivals on the Aran Islands, and see if you can time your holiday to coincide with one! The St. Patrick’s Day Parade (although technically in winter) is certainly one not to miss, and takes place on March 17th. Some people have described this as the most Irish thing you will ever see. You will have to experience it for yourself, and let us know what you think!

Summer

Of course, summer is the most popular time to visit the Aran Islands. This is when the majority of the day-trippers come over to Inis Mor, and also when the greater numbers of tourists seeking accommodation arrive. Aran Camping and Glamping is in full swing at this time of year, and it is advisable to ensure that you book your glamping accommodation well in advance.

All of the island’s main attractions are open, and the long summer days provide plenty of time to see them all. Explore the ancient stone fortresses, discover the locations of the Puffing Holes, take a look at the Worm Hole, and cycle from one end of the island to the other. You’ll love your time on Inis Mor during the summer, and if you are lucky, the weather might even be good enough to get a little beach time! No promises though.

Autumn

Finally, we come to the autumn, a time when many families choose to take their last vacation together during the half-term period. Nature is at her finest in the autumn, with a changing of colours and misty landscapes.

Wandering around the island on a fine autumn day really makes you feel at one with nature, and being able to return to the comfortable lodging at the glamping site is a just reward for an active day. You might still be able to have the last meals of the year outside on Inis Mor in the autumn, and enjoy a glass of wine or two underneath the stars.

What to do on Inis Mor in all 4 seasons

The island is open for locals and visitors alike all the year through. The main highlights and things to do on the island include:

Visiting Dun Aengus (Dun Aonghasa) – A stone fort positioned on a cliff edge, and semi-circular in design. There are spectacular views of the fort itself, the coastline, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Dún Dúchathair (Black Fort) Similar in design and style to Dun Aengus, but much less visited. It is a good place to visit on bicycle as part of a tour of the island.
The Worm Hole – A curious natural rectangle carved out of the rock below a cliff, which looks a little like a swimming pool. Several years ago, Red Bull sponsored a cliff-diving championship here. DOn’t try it yourself though!
Aran Sweater Market – Where else in the world would you buy a quality Aran sweater from?!
The Puffing Holes – Ask the locals for direction to the Puffing Holes. Water is forced up by the pressure of waves from sea level, and spouts out in large plumes. It’s quite a sight to see, but don’t stand too close, or you might get caught by surprise!

Inis Mor Camping and Glamping

Whatever time of year you decide to visit Inis Mor, we are sure you will have an enjoyable and memorable time. If you would like to find out more about the island and how to book a glamping pod, contact us today, and we will be more than happy to be of assistance.

10 Things You Cannot Miss While Visiting Galway

10 Things You Cannot Miss While Visiting Galway

Are you thinking of visiting Galway City in Ireland? Let’s take a look at some of the top things to see and do there.

Charming Galway is an historic city located on the West Coast of Ireland, and an essential stop when traveling along the Wild Atlantic way. A popular tourist destination, Galway city has a lot to offer. With a youthful and even Bohemian atmosphere, this really is a place you need to spend time in if you want to soak up the atmosphere.

Unsurprisingly Galway has a lot to see and do. We’ve put together 10 of the best things to do in Galway city during your next visit.

1. Take a walking tour around Galway City

Perhaps the best way to experience everything that Galway city has to offer is by taking a walking tour. In the company of a local guide you will get to see all the main sights and also get an insight into what life is like here as a local. Along the way you’re sure to pass by most of the iconic sites which include the Cathedral, Eyre Square and of course the Spanish Arch. A walking tour of Galway city is also a good way to orientate yourself and plan out what to see and do if you’re spending more than a single day there.

 

2. Visit the Spanish Arch


The Spanish Arch is perhaps the most iconic of Galway’s landmarks. Constructed in 1584, it overlooks the River Corrib, and was once used to get to the quays from the town. In fact it was part of Galway’s medieval wall system, and in Galway’s trading heyday a lot of shipping passed to and fro to unload goods from Spanish and Portuguese ships. When Cromwell conquered Galway in the 17th century, the port lost its importance, and today the Spanish Arch is all that remains of the walls. No trip to Galway is complete without taking at least one selfie here!

 

3. Cruising on the River Corrib

A river boat cruises The River Corrib and sails along the river with lush countryside surrounding it to the left and right. During the cruise you will pass by ancient castles and ruins, and of course you can enjoy an Irish coffee on board!

 

4. Check out the Galway Hooker boats


A type of traditional fishing boat known as the Galway Hooker was in common usage in the 18th century. Today many of these boats have been restored by enthusiasts, and some can even be seen during a yearly festival. If you are a beer connoisseur you might also notice a locally brewed beer of the same name in almost every pub in the city.

 

5. Beer and music

As we’ve already mentioned beer once, we should probably mention that there is plenty of traditional music to be enjoyed with it in Galway City! Quay Street is the most popular place to go for pubs, restaurants and cafes.

The sounds of traditional live music fill the air in places such as The Spanish Arch Hotel and the Quays. Enjoy a Guinness or Galway Hooker and join in the craic!

 

6. Treat your tastebuds

Be sure to treat your taste buds during your visit to Galway City. Farmhouse cheeses at Sheridan’s, the amazing McCambridge food emporium, and the incredible bread from the Griffins Bakery which has been in operation since 1876 will ensure you never go hungry!

 

7. Explore Kirwan’s Lane

Kirwan’s Lane is named after one of Galway’s 14 so called ‘tribes’. The Kirwans had helped develop Galway into a busy commercial center during the 1500s, and so it is only fitting the lane has been restored, pumping new life into the city once more. Enjoy your time here wandering along, looking at the cafes, craft shops, and studios.

8. Spend some time at the Galway City Museum

If you really want to get to know about the city, you should spend some time at the Galway City Museum. Here, you can learn about the city’s history which stretches all the way back to the Norman invasion. There are a number of exhibitions both permanent and temporary which showcase the city and surrounding area’s heritage and archaeology. Spread out over three floors, the museum contains numerous artifacts, some religious items and an interesting maritime collection. It’s certainly worth a good hour or so of your time.

 

9. Eyre Square

The chances are that you will pass by Eyre Square more than once during your stay in Galway city. Also known as the John F Kennedy Memorial Square, the two major landmarks here are the Browne Doorway and the Quincentennial Fountain. As a pedestrianised area, it is a central focal point from where to orientate yourself, and a nice place to simply take some time out to enjoy a nice sunny day.

 

10. Galway Cathedral

Completed in 1965, Galway Cathedral is the last stone Cathedral to have been built in Europe. It is an impressive sight, and is jointly dedicated to St. Nicholas and Our Lady Assumed into Heaven. The cathedral is of course open to the public and there are Sunday masses.

On leaving Galway City….
Galway City is a good place to access the nearby Aran Islands. The regular ferry service leaves from Ros a’ Mhíl just a few miles up the road on a regular timetable that allows for both day trips and overnight stays. Whilst some people choose to visit for a day trip, spending a couple of days or longer on the islands is the perfect way to really get away from everything.

Inis Mor is the largest of the islands, and has a range of accommodation, including the excellent Camping and Glamping site. You could choose between taking your own camping gear or simply reserve one of the unique glamping units for the duration of your stay. Once on the island, you will feel a world away and much closer to nature. If you love the Great Outdoors and getting back to nature, spending some time on the Aran Islands will really help you to complete your Wild Atlantic Way adventure!

5 Reasons why the cliffs on the Aran Islands are drawing more and more people to visit

5 Reasons why the cliffs on the Aran Islands are drawing more and more people to visit

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5 Reasons why the cliffs on the Aran Islands are drawing more and more people to visit

The huge Cliffs of Moher have long been recognized as a major Irish attraction, but the cliffs on the Aran Islands are drawing in more and more people each year. Read on to find out why.

The Cliffs of Inis Mor

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The cliffs of the Aran Islands are savage and wild. They are natural beauty at its finest, and one of Ireland’s hidden treasures. You won’t find many caution signs or safety rails here. The cliffs get just a fraction of the tourists their more famous counterparts attract, and at some points during the year, you might find yourself to be the only person up there.

Stretching for about 8 kilometres along the western side of Inis Mor, exploring the Cliffs of Aran is all about witnessing nature at its most tranquil and powerful, and enjoying stunning views. Here’s 5 reasons you need to spend some time visiting the Cliffs of the Aran Islands during your glamping holiday in Ireland, and what you can see there.

1. Dun Aonghasa, Aran Islands

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Dún Aonghasa is the most famous of the prehistoric forts on Inis Mor, and its origins are thought to date back to 1100 BC. It sits right on the cliff edge at over 100 metres above the ocean, and is a magnificent archaeological site with stunning views. Dún Aonghasa (pronounced Dun Angusa), consists of 4 concentric walls, part of which have been rebuilt and are over 6 metres high. The walls are arranged in a semi-circular shape, with the rear of the fort being the very cliff edge itself.

How to get to Dún Aonghasa

romantic cycling

Many people choose to cycle to Dún Aonghasa, as there are other attractions to be seen along the way. Bikes can then be left at the Dun Aonghasa visitor centre, before walking up the final 1km to the fort itself. Another option is to include a visit to the fort as part of a hike. The site is busiest when the ferries from the mainland arrive and is virtually empty in the evenings.

 

2. The Black Fort

The Black Fort

Dún Aonghasa might be the most famous attraction on the island, but the Black Fort (Dún Dúchathairt), is in some ways more intriguing. Whilst the design of the more well known Dún Aonghasa does give rise to the question was it a ceremonial structure or defensive, the Black Fort raises those questions further. This walled enclosure surrounded by cliffs on three sides features some intricate designs, and is so positioned that it looks absolutely stunning at sunset. A coincidence? Maybe.

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3. The Worm Hole

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The cliffs on the Aran islands are constantly assaulted by the elements, creating all sorts of incredible natural oddities. One of these, is know as the Worm Hole. This is a rectangular hole at the foot of the cliffs, into which the tide waters ebb and flow. Observers are often intrigued as to how this is not manmade, but geologists assure us that this is a consequence of weathering along joints in the rock which then collapsed.

The Worm Hole can be found be walking east along the cliffs from Dún Aonghasa, or by following the signs from the village of Gort na gCapall. Once you have seen it below, there is also another trail which will take you a little lower onto the ridge. Many people have chosen to spend hours here simply admiring this feat of nature. Interesting fact which has propelled interest in this site: – Red Bull regularly hold a cliff diving championship here. A sport for the truly brave!

 

4. Spectacular views

cliffs inis mor

The cliffs on the Aran Islands are most appreciated by people who like stunning views. Which is everyone really! Whether on a bright sunny day, or a misty afternoon, the sweeping majesty of the views and cliffs themselves is something truly wonderful to behold. You can either cycle to various points along the cliffs, or even hike them. Whereas tours to the Cliffs of Moher often involve prolonged periods of sitting on a bus, and then being surrounded by other tourists, it is much easier to enjoy the Aran Island cliffs in solitude, especially if you are staying on Inis Mor itself. This way, you can pick which areas of the cliffs to visit that miss the ‘rush hour’ arrival of day trippers to the island who have turned up on the ferries.

 

 

5. Hiking Trails

dun aonghasa

Inis Mor is an ideal destination for people who enjoy hiking. Whether following quiet country lanes, or walking along the cliff edges, it is an excellent way to appreciate the natural beauty all around. One suggested hiking trail takes in some of the above attractions, and lasts for between 3-5 hours.

The walk forms a loop starting and ending in the village at Kilronan. It first visits the Black Fort, and then continues on to the incredible ‘Puffing Holes’. The walk follows no official path as such, but rather continues along the cliff edge. Exercise caution as you go, especially when nearing the Puffing Holes. These get their name from the waves crashing into the cliffs below, and forcing water up and out of the holes. A truly spectacular sight!

The walk could then continue along the cliffs and coastline, stopping by at 3 isolated beaches and an abandoned ancient church, before finishing in Kilronan once more. This hiking route is a great way to see the southern part of the island, and you can find out more by asking the team at Aran Camping and Glamping who will be more than happy to help.

 

Visiting Inis Mor

aran islands ferries

Whilst some people visit Inis Mor as a day trip, the best way to appreciate the Cliffs of the Aran islands is to stay a while on Inis Mor at Aran Camping and Glamping. The comfortable glamping units offer the perfect base from which to explore not only the cliffs, but the other areas of this small but fascinating island. For more information on where to stay and what to see and do on the Aran Islands, contact Aran Camping and Glamping.

  • 20 Ireland Glamping sites you need to know about!

    20 Ireland Glamping sites you need to know about!

    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/


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    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/


     

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    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


    Escape the ordinary! 🌎

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    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/


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    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/


    Honeybee yurt

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    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/


     

     

     

    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/


    Teach Papa Rua sitting in front of one of our bell tents 😍

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    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/


     

     

     

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    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/


    Our wee hen nest #henfest

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    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/


     

     

     

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    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


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