Discover the best glamping sites in Ireland with my insider's guide!
Camping has long been a holiday favourite for Irish families. With spectacular forest and coastline camp-sites to choose from across the country, there is unending variety in the wonderful experiences to be had – and that’s not to mention the fact that it offers fantastic value for money. But if you want just a little more luxury during your adventures, then I know exactly what you need: a glamping trip! Join me on a little adventure through the country and discover the best glamping sites in Ireland!
It’s pretty easy to see why people flock to the four corners of Ireland to pitch their tent or park their camper for a few days of blissful freedom. I remember loving those family camping adventures as a child running about in the summer sun without a care in the world! But hey, sometimes luck isn’t on your side. I’ve had more than one camping trip that was dampened by the odd torrential downpour, and when you’re huddled up in a small tent for ages, sometimes you wish you had a bit more comfort on hand…
If you don’t want to to be totally dependant on the weather, or simply don’t like the idea of roughing it, then you’re in luck. Glamping has really took off the last couple of years as fantastic alternative for holidays at home that are easy on your bank account, yet still promise a totally unique experience. From yurts and bell tents to proper little glamping pods, glamping sites can take all shapes and forms – no two are quite the same!
Join me on a little adventure across the country as I look at the best places to go glamping in Ireland. Whether you’re a couple craving a romantic time away or a family looking to get some fantastic plans for the summer in place, I can guarantee that there’s something for everyone here!
It really is exactly what it says on the tin. Glamping is essentially “glamour” and “camping” rolled into one word. Ithas all the same outdoor attractions as regular camping, but with the added benefit of a big cosy bed, a proper duvet and in some cases a burning stove. Glampers will stay in a yurt or a cabin rather than in a tent and bask in the delights of simple things like a catering facilities, kettles, and a light and comfortable standing room which traditional tents do not have. Known also as “fancy camping“, “boutique camping” and “luxury camping“, it has been suggested that glamping holidays are just for softies but I beg to differ!
There is a whole variety of glamping break in Ireland that you can book, so whether you’ve got your heart set on a wooden lodge in the remote wildnerness or a little gypsy wagon, you can be sure that you’ll find a glamping site you’ll fall head over heels in love with.
The origins of glamping
The word “glamping” may only have been added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2016, but in actual fact glamping has been going on for centuries! Royalty from countries all over the world dabbled in glamping as a way to court high-profile visitors to their kingdoms. Take Henry VIII for example – he essentially went glamping in France after being invited over by the French king Francis I. The result was named the Field of the Cloth of Gold, probably the most glam campsite in all of history – if you couldn’t guess from the name already! Nearly 3,000 tents were set up, and there was even a banqueting hall, a chapel and a jousting ground as well.
Sure, modern-day glamping sites are nowhere near as opulent and as extravagant as that. But you can get a good idea how the appeal of glamping has always been there. You could say it’s fit for royalty!
The best glamping sites in Ireland
So now that you have made up your mind that you want try out glamping, next is to discover where in Ireland you can go glamping. You’ve got loads of options open to you, but I’ve gone ahead and put together a little list of my favourite sites in some truly beautiful places.
Glamping in Wicklow
The misty valleys of the Wicklow Mountains are truly awe-inspiring. So what better way to escape to nature and really let that magic soak in than by going glamping in Wicklow! There are plenty of fantastic places I recommend checking out.
Hidden Valley Caravan & Camping Park: Situated by the banks of the Avonmore River, the Hidden Valley Caravan and Camping boasts 8 log cabins, which are two-bedroomed chalets can accommodate 5 adults or 2 adults and 4 young children. You’ve got a fully-equipped kitchen on hand, a living room with a TV and outdoor spaces where you can fire up the BBQ. Or you could go for one of the Mini Lodges or the Loft House Glamping Lodge – these don’t have kitchens or bathrooms, but are still a very cosy place to stay.
The Old Forge Glamping: This cute glamping site features 4 beautiful yurt tents and a log cabin huddled together in the grounds of a grand Georgian farmhouse. The yurts are wonderfully light, with super high ceilings and space for up to 4 (one double bed, two singles). It’s possible for groups of up to 21 people to hire out the entire campsite to themselves – the ultimate group getaway!
Glamping in Kerry
Kerry’s rugged landscapes and dramatic coastlines provide endless opportunities for adventure and road trips. Glamping in Kerry is a fantastic choice for anyone wanting to enjoy being out and about in nature without giving up on too much luxury. Here are my favourite glamping spots in Kerry.
Dromquinna Manor: What could convey that sense of luxury better than soak up the classy atmosphere of a grand estate? The beautiful Dromquinna Manor has incredible custom-made luxury tents that enjoy a peaceful, secluded location. For an extra-romantic getaway, look into their Hideaway Tent. Inside you’ll find genuine antique furniture, the plushest of double-beds and a wonderful terrace where you can enjoy views of the lake. You’ll even have breakfast delivered to your door. One of the best places for a bit of luxury glamping in Ireland!
Killarney Glamping at the Grove: With views of the wonderful mountains of Killarney, this glamping site features stunning bell tents that were made with romantic getaways in mind. You have your own private kitchen on hand to prepare your own meals – but if you don’t feel like cooking, then you can always get in touch with your hosts. They can get take-aways delivered straight to your door, and they have a few exclusive deals for local spas too should that tickle your fancy…
Glamping in Cork
Whether it’s the warmth of the locals or the sheer beauty of the wild coastlines, a holiday to Cork is never a bad idea. And you can expect to find loads of options when it comes to glamping in Cork too. Be sure to check out my favourites below!
Inch Hideaway: Situated just a stone’s throw from Inch Beach, this eco-friendly campsite is perfect for anyone eager to enjoy the great outdoors. The yurts here all have their own private space, meaning that you can enjoy a bit of privacy from your neighbours. The largest yurts are even able to accommodate up to six people in them! Enjoy the fantastic walks and outdoor activities on offer in the region, or cosy up by the camp fire and enjoy a bit of craic beneath the stars.
Top of the Rock Pod Páirc & Walking Centre: Another fantastic choice for you outdoorsy types! You’ll be walking up to truly breathtaking views of the Castledonovan Hills here, so as you can expect you’ve got countless opportunities for hill walking in what is a truly stunning part of the country. The cute little wooden pods are compact, but they rank high on the cosiness factor – perfect after a long hike!
Glamping in Galway
The wind-swept Aran Islands and the wild peaks of the Connemara National Park are enough to inspire anyone – and let’s not forget the lovely city of Galway too! If you’re planning on going glamping in Galway, then be sure to take a little look at my recommendations below.
Aran Camping & Glamping: If you really want to get away from it all, then head to Inis Mór and enjoy a stay at this wonderful little glamping site directly by the sea. The specially-designed Clochán na Carraige pods are decorated in lovely shades of blue to really invoke that sea-side feeling. And they’re fully heated too, so you know you’ll always have a warm place to retreat back to after a day spent exploring the island!
Pod Umna Village: Easily one of the most adorable glamping sites in Ireland, this lovely little place arranges its pods, yurts and shepherd’s hut like a little village, resulting in a super-friendly atmosphere that’s sure to put a smile on your face. There are various price categories of pods, so you can opt for something a little more luxurious, or go for that extra space to accommodate a group of 4.
Glamping in Donegal
With its cosy seaside villages and awe-inspiring mountain ranges, Donegal truly does feature some of the wildest and rawest landscapes in all of Ireland. Enjoy a magical little getaway by going glamping in Donegal and fall in love again with this lovely corner of the world!
Corcreggan Mill: This glamping site in Dunfanaghy features some of the most unique glamping accommodation I’ve ever seen. As well as your usual bell-tents, you also got the option to stay in some truly quirky accommodation. How about staying in a train carriage that’s nearly 200 years old with those proper old-school sleeping births? Or what about the Larry McQuaid, a fishing trawler that’s since been brought on-land and turned into a delightfully cosy retreat?
Portsalon Luxury Camping: Open from April until October, this campsite offers incredible views overlooking Mulroy Bay. There are five yurts on-site that are all furnished to a very high standard, and they’re perfect for anyone looking to enjoy some cosy moments together surrounded by pristine nature. But even families will get their money’s worth here too – spend evenings toasting marshmallows over the fire and enjoy days out on all the lovely beaches close by!
How expensive is glamping?
Of course the words “glam” and “luxury” don’t come without a price tag and many places are cashing in on this new craze. However, you can still expect to find very competitive rates can and when you consider what is included, glamping offers fantastic value for money.
Prices can range quite a bit – but it really depends on what type of glamping accommodation you’re going for, whether that’s a yurt, vintage caravan, tree house, bell pod, wigwam, wagon or cabin. The Top of the Rock Pod Páirc has glamping pods starting at just €26pn for example, so out of all of the types of glamping accommodation I’d definitely say that offer some of the best value around for money. Meanwhile the high-end tents offered by more luxurious camp sites will normally come with those larger prices tags. Take the exclusive Hideaway Tent at Dromnquinna Manor for example. With rates starting from €450pn per couple, the price is what you’d expect from a 5* hotel, but of course the memories of what is truly a unique experience certainly justify forking out a bit more!
Gurutip: Prices will be at their most expensive during the summer holidays as that’s when most families will be out enjoying the sun! Glamping sites aren’t open all year round, but you can expect to find their cheapest rates either at the very beginning of their open season or at the very end. :)
Glamping inspiration – celebrate those special occasions!
Due to the unique beauty of glamping, it has become a popular option for large parties such as hens and even weddings.
Hen and Stag Party Glamping
Some of the bigger dedicated glamping villages offer special packages for hen and stag parties, encompassing a BBQ, DJ and activity of your choice (spa, surfing, etc.). It is the perfect bonding weekend before the big day as it really allows for the group to open up in a magical environment away from their female or male counterparts. It is a chance to do something a little bit out of the norm and make some extra special memories! One place I can recommend for stag or hen does is Tea Pot Lane– it’s a popular choice thanks to the fact that your hosts will be able to help arrange DJs and music for the occasion!
Wedding glamping isn’t something which has really kicked off yet but I expect that it will in the coming years. It derived from the idea of romantic glamping breaks in Ireland. So why not invite the whole lot to share this experience out in the nature and take “vintage” to the next level… These rustic style weddings are a completely different way of celebrating matrimony and allow the newly-weds to express themselves as individuals, tailoring their day to suit their own personalities. These type of weddings are more flexible as the open space provides a lot more opportunity for experimentation than a hotel would cater for. It may be on the pricey side as you would have to hire out the entire camp-site for the occasion, however no expense in spared on your big day, right? Rock Farmin Co. Meath offers wedding packages, where can choose to exchange vows in a nearby church or set up a gorgeous woodland retreat for your special day!
Glamping in Ireland – the best deals
For your next break away take a road trip around Ireland, stay in comfort and luxury by combining a number of glamping sites to ensure you get the best of what the country has to offer. While glamping may be a lot more costly than regular camping, it has the added advantage of not being forced to shiver in a sleeping bag. Also, you can go at any time of year. So rather than lugging around all that non-essential camping gear, just hop in your car and travel in style; go glamping in Ireland!
The best glamping deals in Ireland
Of course I wouldn’t be your Holidayguru if I didn’t serve up some tasty deals to go along with this little bit of glamping inspiration! Below you’ll find some of my most recent glamping deals – I’ll be updating these pretty regularly so be sure to keep an eye on the page to see what gems I’ve recently come across!
Airbnb is another great platform to find some unique and one-of-a-kind places to go glamping. It’s a great place to look especially if you’re travelling as a large group and you can be sure you’re getting some fantastic value for money. Here are 3 of some of the most popular glamping Airbnbs in Ireland that I’ve shared on my website.
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