If the weather stays like this a glamping holiday in Ireland would be glorious. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the most comfortable and picturesque boutique camping sites in Ireland
If you’ve been cooped up in the house for too long and are craving some time in the outdoors, a glamping holiday is exactly what you need this summer. Make the most of the stunning Irish countryside and switch off from the news and Nedtflix with a night or two under the stars, but with all the creature comforts you want. There are so many options for families or couples, this list is just scratching the surface. While we’ll all miss our sun holidays and city breaks this summer, there is something exciting about the prospect of truly discovering what Ireland has to offer, right on our doorstep.
Wake up in a lakeside chalet in Fermanagh
This is such a scenic spot to enjoy some downtime, and these cabins have a touch of luxury. Lay out in the sun loungers and take in the view of the lake, or stroll along the private sandy beach at sunset before retiring to this cosy cabin for the night. These luxe cabins are fully insulated and have electric heating, with a double bed and double camp bed too. Each cabin has an outdoor table and chairs and a BBQ, plus access to a communal hot tub and sauna. The shower and toilet facilities on site are lovely too. From £189 per night, visit rossharbour.co.uk.
Explore the great outdoors at Nire Valley Glamping in Waterford
Nire Valley Glamping has a range of options to suit families who want to give their child an authentic but unique camping experience. The cosy glamping lorry has a kingsize bed and room for a single folding bed at night. Alternatively, the bell tents sleeps up to four people, and come with an outdoor camp kitchen. Encourage kids to watch for wildlife, read in the hammock and toast marshmallows over the BBQ. There are 12 acres of grounds to explore, with woodland, a small river and lots of nature. From €100 per night, visit nirevalleyglamping.com for more info.
Watch the stars at night at Sperrin View, Tyrone
Situated in a Dark Sky site, Sperrin View Glamping boasts unique luxury cambing pods that have a special window to maximise your view of the stars. The site is metres from Beaghmore Stone Circles and a mile from Davagh Forest. Each pod has its own kitchenette and shower room, and you can sit around the fire pits in the evenings for a relaxed chat. From £100 per night, visit sperrinviewglamping.com for more info.
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Glamping for couples in Kerry
For a romantic break away for two, Killarney Glamping at the Grove is perfect. Enjoy a full size double bedroom that is warm and dry whatever the weather, and it has an ensuite toilet, so traipsing through the night with a torch is not necessary. You will have your own private decked patio and a sheltered private kitchen beside. You will be near all that Killarney has to offer, or you can sit back and enjoy the view of the meadows down to the River Flesk. From €278 for two nights, see killarneyglamping.com for more info.
Sleep in style at Mount Druid Boutique Camping, Westmeath
Known as a wedding venue, Mount Druid also hosts picture perfect glamping options including colourful yurts, a shepherd’s hut and a tin hut. Each yurt sleeps 2-4 people and toilets and hot showers just a short walk away. The shepherd’s hut is ideal for couples as it has a double bed and a stove to keep you snug. From €130 per night for 2 sharing, visit boutiquecamping.ie for more info
Stay in the best named yurts in Ireland
At Willowbrook Glamping in Co Roscommon, you will find Yurty Ahern. This Mongolian yurt sleeps four and has an electric heater and a four person wood fired hot tub outside. Alternatively, book into Yurt Cobain if a hot tub isn’t for you. From €90 per night, visit willowbrookglamping.ie for more.
Enjoy the best of both at River Valley Holiday Park in Wicklow
The glampotel at River Valley Holiday Park is a great option for families or groups of friends who want to stay together in comfort, but with all the fun of glamping. Enjoy a private outdoor BBQ area which leads into an open plan living room and rustic kitchen. The wooden character of the heated building is emphasised by the real tree inside reaching from floor to ceiling. No sleeping bags are necessary as you will be sleeping in crisp white bedlinen. Each glampotel unit has one double and three single beds, with a private shower and toilet. From €200 per night on weeknights, visit rivervalleypark.com for more details.
Indoor glamping for kids at Redcastle Hotel in Donegal
Compromise with kids who are keen for a camping experience when you want the comfort of a luxury hotel. Redcastle Hotel and Spa is a four star hotel, and the Happy Campers package allows a family of four to enjoy a bedroom suite with a glamping experience for kids, who will be provided with torches, colouring books and hot chocolates to enjoy in their ‘campsite’, where you can keep an eye on them from the comfort of your bed! You can also enjoy the leisure facilities at the hotel. The Happy Campers package is available for €149 per room, visit redcastlehoteldonegal.com to book.