9 Reasons to Tour the Aran Islands in 2020

9 Reasons to Tour the Aran Islands in 2020

Considered one of the most instagrammable places in Galway (if not Ireland), The Aran Islands offer a special magic and treasured memories to all who visit them. With incredible views from the islands in all directions of the wild Atlantic ocean, Connemara, the Cliffs of Moher and Galway Bay, for a location that is so small there is so much to discover. The islands are steeped in cultural, religious and maritime history offering an overwhelming amount to be explored by visitors.

Located in the heart of the gaeltacht region, the Aran Islands consist of three islands, together spanning over 25km; Inis Oirr (Inisheer), Inis Meáin (Inishmaan) and the largest, most well known island, Inis Mór (Inishmore). When coming to the west coast of Ireland to visit the Aran Islands it can be hard to know where to start on your journey. To get the most out of your visit the best recommendation would be that you get a tour of your visiting island.

There are several tours you can join while visiting the Aran Islands. For example, when visiting Inis Mór, depending on your interests, you have the following available:

 

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When coming to the west coast of Ireland to visit the Aran Islands it can be hard to know where to start on your journey. To get the most out of your visit the best recommendation would be that you get a tour of your visiting island.

 

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Types of Tours on the Aran Islands

– Walking & Hiking Tours
– Self-guided Cycling / Biking Tours
– Tour Guide led Cycling / Biking Tours
– Horse Riding Tours
– Pony & Trap Tours
– Guided Bus Tours
– Underwater – Snorkeling & Diving Tours
– Boat & Fishing Tours
– Goat’s Cheese Factory Tours
– Seaweed Production & Environmental Tours

 

Walking & Hiking Tours:

If you need to shake off the cobwebs, taking a tour on foot of the Aran Islands is sure to invigorate and refresh you. The best thing about these kind of tours is that you can move independently through the roads less travelled on the Aran Islands, which is especially good if your looking for solitude and tranquility surrounded by amazing natural features in all directions. These types of tours can also be taken all year round and there are many routes to take, especially on Inis Mór where they are currently developing a camino style walking map. 

 

Cycling Tours

Whether taking a tour guided or self guided cycling tour of the islands, this is the most popular tourist activity on the Aran Islands. Inis Mór for example has a world renowned cycle route which runs the length of the island and takes in all sites of importance along its track (Not to mention the beautiful scenery). No need to worry about how to lug your bike to the island, Aran Bike Hire is located right on the ferry pier and have multiple options of all ages and sizes, including electric bikes for those who want to cruise across the island in style.

 

Pony & Trap Tours

This is an amazing option for those who want to step back in time and get a really authentic Irish experience. With local Irish speaking tour guides, pony & trap excursions will have you feeling like Maureen O’Hara from the Quiet Man as you jaunt across the island with a blanket on your lap and a smile on your face. 

 

Bus Tours

Travelling as a group? The bus tours on Inis Mór are a really fun and convenient way to tour the island. You will get an in depth history of the island as well as having mighty craic with your friends. Suitable for all ages and abilities, this less strenuous tour option is a great option for those who need a rainy day activity or want to pack in as many sites as possible in one day. 

 

Snorkelling & Diving Tours

Visiting Inis Mór and need to plan an activity for your friends or even something to entertain the kids? Inis Mór’s newest Dive Academy will be opening in March 2020 and is offering snorkelling and diving tours, training and excursions! With options suitable for all ages, this a truly unique and special opportunity to try something new in some of the most unspoiled and crystal clear waters along the Wild Atlantic Way.

 

Boat & Fishing Tours

Love fishing or want to try it for the first time? Set sail for adventure with guided sea angling with Calypso Sea Angling tours. Get a real feel for the wild Atlantic ocean and learn about the west coast waters and underwater life with an experienced crew.

 

Goats Cheese Factory & Seaweed Production for Food & Beauty

Want to learn about how unique industries operate on our tiny island? Are you a dedicated foodie searching out authentically local and fresh produce? Then visiting Inis Mór’s micro factories is a must! 

 

 

9 Reasons to take a Tour on the Aran Islands:

● Time saving – less planning so you can maximize your experience on the islands if
you’re on a deadline
● You don’t miss any important points of interest
● You are offered local and knowledgeable guidance of the history and culture of the
islands
● You can discover hidden gems that you can revisit independently
● Your guides are very experienced and can help you with any issues or queries
● You get the best tips on how to enjoy your time on the island and the best places to eat
● Home to some of the friendliest people in Galway, you are bound to make new pals along
the way
● Convenience! There are plenty of options that are easily accessible, touring takes the
stress out of your trip
● Inis Mór offers tours for both solo travellers and groups and those of all ages

 

Most importantly you get to have a unique experience as there is no where in the world quite like The Aran Islands. So whether you are seeking out ancient forts, a cycling trip, Irish folklore, christian history or simply looking to have an interesting and adventurous day out, touring on the Aran Islands is a must.

 

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If you would like more information about staying on the Aran Islands and booking a tour for you or your group, get in touch with us at [email protected]. If you’d like to see what accommodation options are available you can visit www.irelandglamping.ie for further information.

10 Reasons To Take A Staycation on The Aran Islands

10 Reasons To Take A Staycation on The Aran Islands

Want to go on a holiday but don’t feel like you have enough time? Why not make the most of the free time you have and take a staycation! A staycation is a vacation spent staying in your own country and we’ve got some great reasons why you should consider the Aran Islands as your staycation destination: 

 

Less Planning & More Quality Time

You will have more time to spend relaxing and hanging out with friends when you don’t have to jump from airport to airport catching connecting flights, trains and buses. A staycation is also perfect for a weekend getaway.

 

No Traffic

No sitting in traffic for hours wasting time and losing the will to live, on Inis Mór you can move freely while taking in the fresh sea air of the Wild Atlantic Way.

 

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Support Local

By taking a staycation, you are supporting the economy of the local community.

 

 

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Packing

No need to lug around big suitcases, a backpack is pretty much all you need! Inis Mór has a selection of stores including clothing, craft and grocery all within a few minutes walk from the ferry terminal.

 

 

Adventure

Inis Mór is just a short ferry ride away from the mainland but you can still have the experience of leaving it all behind as you set sail to the islands.

 

 

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Discovery

Always wanted to visit Dún Aonghasa or The Wormhole?
Now’s your chance, get yourself a tour guide and explore the history and beauty of your own country.

 

 

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Peace of Mind

You speak the language, you know the rules and you’re not too far from home so you can truly relax and enjoy your staycation.

 

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Reconnect with Nature

Whether that means heading off for a hike with friends to the scenic Teampall Bheanáin or finding some blissful solitude reading a book at Tra Mhór, there is an abundance of mother nature all around.

 

 

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Nightlife

There is great fun to be had on the island with pubs offering live music nightly, Inis Mór is a great place for socialising and meeting the locals (whom you can get tips from for the best things to see and do).

 

 

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Budget

You can save those pennies by choosing to take a staycation and not blowing all your money on flights and expensive hotels. At Aran Islands Camping & Glamping we have accommodation options for every budget. Check out our October special offer as inspiration for your next staycation.

 

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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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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!

 

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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!

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

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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

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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

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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

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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


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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/


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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/


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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/


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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


    Family Glamping in Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way

    Family Glamping in Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way

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    Family Glamping in Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way

    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 Cliffs of Moher 🙌🌈 . . . . Photo by @davidsbeenhere

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    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

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    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

    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!

     

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    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.

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