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Family Glamping in Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way

Family Glamping in Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way

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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.

 

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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.

5 Inis Mór Hidden gems that give you complete isolation

5 Inis Mór Hidden gems that give you complete isolation

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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!

 

 

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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

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!

 

 

Ancient Forts

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 People

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…

Ted Fest

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’!

5 reasons why you will love a romantic Glamping break at Aran Camping and Glamping

5 reasons why you will love a romantic Glamping break at Aran Camping and Glamping

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Sitting next to your partner with a glass of something sparkling, looking up at the night sky in Ireland, and listening to the sound of the waves. The perfect moment on a romantic glamping break in Ireland!

Are you looking for a romantic weekend away, a Valentine’s break in Ireland with a difference, or even a unique honeymoon? A romantic glamping break at Aran Camping and Glamping could be just what you need. You’ll feel like you have left the world behind when you stay at this glamping site on an Irish island renowned for its stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage of Ireland.

Romantic Glamping Breaks in Ireland
There’s something timeless about the romanticism of getting away from it all, and leaving the stresses of life behind. The feeling that it is just the two of you. Places where you can do that are getting fewer and far between nowadays, which is perhaps why the Aran islands is becoming more popular with couples seeking a romantic glamping break in Ireland.

Surrounded by wild natural beauty, but with all the comforts of home, it has the makings of a perfect setting. Add in friendly locals, and plenty to see and do, and it really is the ideal destination. If you are looking for an escape from the fast pass of city life, the Aran Islands could be just for you.

Where in Ireland are the Aran Islands?
The Aran Islands are 3 islands located just off Galway Bay on the west coast of Ireland. Accessible by a one hour ferry journey from either Doolin or a port near Galway itself, they are a popular destination for day trippers, but increasing numbers of people are so attracted by their charms, that they want to stay for longer.

Inis Mor is the larger of the three islands, and Aran Camping and Glamping was created there to cater for the needs of people who desire a unique glamping experience in a beautiful location. It’s the perfect place from which to explore the island, and to rekindle the romance in your relationship!

 

Here’s 5 reasons why you’ll love a romantic glamping break at Aran Camping and Glamping.

 

1. Trying Something New

The concept of glamping has been around a while now, but if this is your first time, you are in for a real treat! Glamping offers all the benefits of regular camping, such as a sense of getting closer to nature and leaving problems behind, but none of the hassle. You don’t need to worry about setting a tent up in the wind, being cold at night, or rain making everything wet. In a glamping pod, you are snugly shielded from all the elements in a nice, cosy glamping unit purposefully designed to make your stay a pleasant and relaxing one. The glamping units on Inis Mor have a design based on the famous stone beehive shaped huts the island is well known for. Each one is self contained, and there is also access to a communal kitchen and BBQ area. They are also ideally sized for couples, and have a cute, homely feel!

 

2. Quality time together

Nowadays, our lives seem to revolve around the gadgets we surround ourselves with. It seems that it’s getting harder and harder to have something as simple as a good conversation. Getting away to the Aran Islands on a romantic glamping break, you can leave all the tech behind, and enjoy each other’s company the way it should be. Share some laughs, some special moments, and rekindle your romance with just the two of you. There are few places on earth which can offer such a distraction free environment. We don’t want to give you the impression that you are totally isolated though! You will find the locals friendly, and are sure to make friends with other people staying at the site.

 

romantic cycling

 

3. Relax

One of the best things about glamping, is that it takes all the hassle away from camping. There is no need to worry about whether or not you packed the tent pegs, spending hours setting camp up just to find you misjudged where the sun will rise, or getting wet through leaky canvas when it rains. You simply turn up, but your things in the glamping pod, and relax. It really is that easy!. You are also going to get a far better night’s sleep staying in a glamping unit than when camping as well. There’s no rocks or hard ground to think of, and you won’t be woken up with every slightest noise. Instead, you can get a perfect night’s sleep, and have a lay-in in the morning for as long as you want to. It’s your vacation, so relax!

 

4. Eat Alfresco and look up at the stars at night

There’s something special about firing up the BBQ and eating outdoors. A sense that the priorities of life are really just reduced to the simple things that matter – The person you are with and the peace of nature. Breath in that fresh air, cook a feast, and then eat outside as you see the moon and stars appear overhead at night. Add in a glass of wine or two for the ultimate in romantic glamping!

 

5. Location is everything

Our final reason why you will love a romantic glamping break at Aran Camping and Glamping, is due to the location. Beautiful Inis Mor has inspired poets and writers for years, and is sure to inspire you as well! Walking along the stunning cliffs, exploring ancient forts, and taking a bike ride around the island are just some of the ways to see this remarkable place. We’re sure you will love Inis Mor as much as we do!

Find out more about romantic glamping breaks for couples

If you are interested in finding out more about romantic glamping breaks on the Aran Islands, get in touch with us today. We’ll be happy to explain more about the area so you can plan the perfect romantic getaway!

Take a mid-week Micro Adventure

Take a mid-week Micro Adventure

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Adventure is not as expensive or time-consuming as you might think. In fact, adventure is more a state of mind than anything else and something which is easily accessed at any moment in time. Take Alastair Humphrey’s for example, a renowned British Adventurer and the pioneer of Micro adventures.

Through first-hand experience, this popular figure in the UK has spent the past four years encouraging adults and children alike, to get outside more often and to start exploring their local environment as opposed to spending any more time lusting after far flung places on the other side of the world. Alastair is a very articulate fellow, well-educated and experienced in the great outdoors but in contrast, his message to the general public is that these adventures are available at any time and for any cost.

Micro Adventures
True to the name, a micro adventure is short, simple, local and cheap, while still retaining all the same rewarding traits of a long or more expensive journey.  In fact, the entire concept of a micro journey revolves around the fact that adventures do not always require a lengthy duration of time and they do not need to cost money. Affordable and requiring the absolute minimum amount of preparation, a micro adventure is the best way to simplify a break from normality and venture into a new experience.

When to take your next adventure
So when is the best time to take an adventure? Although the weekend is usually the easiest time of the week to organize a trip some place, this does not necessarily apply when it comes to micro adventures. After all, the concept openly encourages people to get outside more often, regardless of time. Local and easily accessible, the west of Ireland is an idyllic destination to take a mid-week trip and furthermore, glamping is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the local environment. Although most people will confine their travel escapades to the weekend, it must also be considered that accommodation is sometimes cheaper midweek, not to mention how it also guarantees you will miss the crowds, and noise in general.  

Just starting an adventure
As you can see above, Alastair Humphrey’s has set about eliminating the excuses and making adventure seem so accessible that it challenges people as to the reasons they cannot take one. However, as with any new experience or journey, starting is often the hardest part and the most daunting step to take. In this sense, it is usually best to set a date and stick to it
Yes, you can procrastinate about the uncertain nature of going somewhere new or ponder your lack of experience when it comes to the outdoors or adventure in general, but really, there are simply no excuses when it comes to a micro adventure. Simply put, micro adventures can be spontaneous trips and a sure way of injecting a little more excitement into life in the city.

So why don’t wait for summer, forget about the weekend, and start planning a midweek adventure into the beautiful west of Ireland – Cheap, local and easily organized; there’s really no good reason not to take one.

Aran Camping Glamping is currently offering both a Spring and Autumn mid – week offer. Book during the week for two nights and get the third night free. Check it out here.

 

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10 Reasons to go Glamping in Co. Galway

10 Reasons to go Glamping in Co. Galway

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Few experiences offer the same rewards as camping or glamping in Ireland. Far from bustling city and deep in the midst of the iconic Wild Atlantic Way, glamping in Galway is the perfect way to take time out of the busy world in which we live and embrace the natural surroundings in the West of Ireland. That said here are ten more reasons to go glamping in Galway:

10 Reasons to go Glamping in Galway

 

1.    Glamping is a relatively new experience
Are we stating the obvious when we say that glamping is different to staying at a hotel? Maybe, but at the same time the rewards of choosing to go glamping in Galway as opposed to staying in a hotel cannot be understated. You will find reasons on this list as for why glamping can be such an appealing option but simply put, glamping is a relatively new prospect for many people, and this should be one of the first reasons to go glamping in Galway. After all, travel is all about new experiences.

2.    Escape distractions and feel centred
It should go without saying that camping and outdoor adventures are easy ways to leave busy or city living behind and immerse yourself in nature. Staying in a hotel has advantages of course, mostly in terms of comfort, but glamping in Galway will leave you feeling centred and far from distractions.

3.    The perfect location for a break in the west of Ireland
Galway city is a very musical and cultural destination but in terms of location, Galway County is perfectly located to visit many nearby destinations. Take the Burren for example, the cliffs of moher or Connemara; these are some of Ireland’s most incredible places to visit and they are all within easy reach while glamping in Galway.

4.    Glamping in Galway is affordable
Not only is glamping a comfortable option, but affordable too. Forget the five star hotels in which you spend a minimal amount of time and feel confident in the value of a glamping trip. Prices are often a fraction of nearby hotels although that being said, price is just one of many reasons to go glamping in Galway.

5.    Galway is on the ocean
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6.    Ease of access
Galway’s is easy to reach from all corners of the emerald isle. Just a two hour drive from Dublin and almost every other part of the country, Galway is blessed with an excellent road infrastructure and transport system which ensures a short travel time and straight forward navigation.

7.    Glamping is surprisingly comfortable
We mentioned how hotels are sometimes chosen for the sake of comfort but if the truth be told, glamping can be just as comfortable. Yes, not everyone wants to sleep in a tent or live without showers; glamping facilities can provide luxurious beds, appliances and modern facilities which would not look out of place in a quality hotel in Galway.

8. Recharge and refresh
We don’t need statistics to support the benefits of getting outside as much as possible. Exercise and the great outdoors is only a good thing concerning health. In this sense, glamping is a great opportunity to refresh, recharge, and regenerate amidst natural surroundings before returning to the busy and modern life we live in.

9.    Experience the minimalist lifestyle
Statistics and studies show that reduced possessions and materials can drastically reduce stress and increase happiness. Leave the electronic gadgets and luxury items at home, as you experience a minimalist lifestyle with few distractions and an entirely stress free environment.  

10. It’s the same as camping, but different
Many people love the idea of getting outdoors more often and explore the surrounding nature trails, but it is often the prospect of putting up a tent or sleeping without basic facilities that put them off. If you go glamping in Galway, you can have the best of both worlds, including a shower and cup of tea in the morning, before getting outside for a few hours trekking in the afternoon.

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May Wishes Come True

May Wishes Come True

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No, not Theresa’s – she will be hoping for a landslide in early June.  We’re thinking more of the month of May, starting with the Bank Holiday weekend.  If you didn’t manage a getaway during the Easter holidays, why not head for the great outdoors now?  Specifically, come glamping on Inis Mór, the largest of the three Aran Islands on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

 “Don’t you know what that is? It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want–oh, you don’t quite know what it is you DO want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! It seems to you that mainly what you want is to get away; get away from the same old tedious things you’re so used to seeing and so tired of, and set something new. That is the idea; you want to go and be a wanderer; you want to go wandering far away to strange countries where everything is mysterious and wonderful and romantic.” wrote Mark Twain in “Tom Sawyer, Detective”.  Not all of us can be as adventurous as Tom Sawyer but we can identify with his longing for new experiences.  Getting away is good for the soul.

 Getting away and keeping some creature comforts is an even more attractive prospect; experience the great outdoors without grappling with pegs and a groundsheet at our eco-friendly, purpose-built Glampsite just five minutes away from Kilronan pier.  Our units accommodate 4 persons and are a great deal cosier than the monastic beehive huts after which they were named “Clocháin”.  The huts are self-contained and situated across the road from a sandy shore in a newly-appointed green site suitable for self-catering holidaymakers.

 Self-catering gives you many options:  free from a mealtime schedule, you can eat what and when you please.  Go a little mad this May.  Have a bacon butty on the beach at break of day, binge on a breakfast roll, bring a baguette and some cheese on the carrier of your bike and explore the island in your own time.  Spring fever or Maytime magic, you can enjoy Inis Mór at your own pace and return to the tranquility of the Glampsite for restful nights.  At Aran Camping and Glamping, we want you to have a memorable experience.

 We’ll do our best to make your stay special.  We may not be able to make your wishes come true but they just might, anyway. 

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Absolutely loved it! Wish we could have stayed longer
Sarah Nash
Sarah Nash
00:03 21 Feb 18
From start to finish I'd an excellent three day stay here.The owner was a gentleman, he unexpectantly to us, was waiting at the port for the ferry to arrive to collect his guests and drive them to the glamping site.Being midweek early October it was quiet with only a few pods occupiedThe pods were first class, spotless, like a hotel room with everything you'd want.The location is perfect, a few minutes walk from the port and Kilronan village with a beach and amazing views out over the water.It was sad having to leave, really looking forward to returning.
Mike Foxtrot
Mike Foxtrot
20:43 01 Nov 17
great staff and lovely acommadations right beside sea.
liam gray
liam gray
00:15 20 Oct 17
Good place to camp, 10 euros a night, 2 euros shower, nice kitchen
Javier Garside
Javier Garside
10:36 25 Aug 17
A must-try experience on Inishmore. Amazing setting and fun design.
Matt Finn
Matt Finn
02:58 08 Aug 17
Free entry to Dun Aonghasa fort offered with stay. Brand new and excellent facilities at time of writing, great location for Kilronan with beach on the doorstep. Only downside was expensive (€2) shower tokens and painfully scalding water from the showers (solar heated, very hot day)! Otherwise excellent.
Daniel Keeling
Daniel Keeling
23:20 11 Jul 17
We stayed at Aran Camping Glamping over the weekend and found it a superb place for a break. The Units are tastefully designed and very clean. The water in the shower was hot, the kitchen room spacious, and it was close enough to the main village. Will definitely return!!
Ciara Duffy
Ciara Duffy
13:40 27 Feb 17

Aran Camping Glamping is conveniently located in the center of The Wild Atlantic Way. It is accessible from both Doolin (The Cliffs of Moher) and Rossaveal (Galway / Connemara).
Sligo Galway  -  Connemara -  Doolin -  Cork

The combination of fantastic Aran Islands self-catering Glamping and Camping accommodation, numerous outdoor activities and famous Irish hospitality makes Aran Camping & Glamping the perfect choice for a short break, corporate day out or simply a family holiday to remember on the Aran Islands.

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