If you love the adventure of the country, then why not try weekend Glamping?

Glamping in Ireland

Enjoy some of the best in the west.

Glamping, luxurious camping, venues are popping up all around the country, and here is a selection of some really attractive options. We all love the open spaces but maybe are not quite ready to buy all the equipment for a regular camping holiday. Glamping is a good option to try out without any of the trouble of transporting equipment and setting up a tent yourself. With glamping, all the work is done for you. All you have to do is arrive on site and your luxury tent will be ready and waiting for you.

Remember all the packing for a camping holiday, well glamping is the easy way to the outdoors in total comfort.

Always check what special facilities your site offers as each venue­­­­ offers unique elements which are well worth looking at in advance.

Aran Islands, Glamping on Inis Mór.

When you visit Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, you will experience an exceptional holiday which most of us want to relive again as soon as possible. From your short boat trip out to the islands to the uniquely west of Ireland landscape, untouched by excessive modern development, the pure emotion of the trip lasts a lifetime along with the longing to return to the islands. This location is an inviting, idyllic setting right on the coast overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.  If you are looking for fully heated accommodation with lots of activities right on your doorstep, then this is the location for you. So relax and take in the stunning views and watch the sunset. When you visit this island, the magic feeling continues long after you have returned home.

Inis Mór accommodation.

On this island, you can choose from 2 styles of specially designed modern accommodation. They are thoughtfully staggered to give every guest a superb sea view.

  • The larger Tigín unit accommodates up to 6 people.
  • The smaller Clochán unit, for up to 4 people, is inspired by the design of the historic Beehive Stone huts.

Unique elements.

  • Beachfront site with fabulous views of the wild Atlantic Ocean.
  • Superb Island location with traditional stones walls, whose origin dates back to prehistoric times. These walls divide up the numerous small fields on the island.
  • On this island, you are always right by the sea and cycling is probably the best way to get around.

Great things about this site.

  • Units are specially designed with a modern twist.
  • All units are fully heated which is a real bonus.
  • Each one has a mini kitchen and shower room.
  • Laundry service is available.

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Activities available.

Visit Dún Aonghasa, the prehistoric stone fort which is over 3,000 years old.

Rent a bicycle and cycle around the island at a leisurely pace interrupted only by the sounds of nature. Take every opportunity to stop and admire the undisturbed landscape. There is very little traffic and I have found all roads users are very considerate here on the island.

You can also enjoy horse riding, walking Tours, and movie nights.

Here is a taster video link to get you in the mood.

This is the Aran islands glamping link and always check for up to the minute information.

Lough Mardal, Co Donegal.

Donegal always has a special appeal to nature-loving families. Lough Mardal Glamping site is located south of Donegal Town.

If you would like to stay in a yurt, a traditional round tent, then this family-friendly 90acre site is the place to visit. On the site, the tents are well-spaced for privacy. Leave your electronic gadgets at home and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this site at Lough Mardal.

Lough Mardal accommodation.

  • Luxury Skydome Yurts for 2 adults and 2 children luxuriously furnished with crisp white linen.
  • Woodburning stove with firewood supplied.
  • Shepherd’s Hut for 2 people only.

Unique elements.

The Lodge Eco communal building deserves a special mention.

Built using straw bales and mud, this Stunning Light-filled communal room has a living green roof.  It also houses a fully equipped kitchen along with hot showers plus an area to charge phones.

  • Enormous wild spaces to relax and roam.
  • The Yurts come with lanterns and luxurious beds.
  • For added atmosphere, there is no electricity in the Yurts or the huts. You will have rechargeable lanterns instead.

Great things about this site.

  • Breakfast packs mean that you do not have to shop in advance.
  • Children are free to make their own fun.
  • Family-friendly.
  • Pet-Friendly Yurts, but a limited number are available.
  • Surf lessons.
  • Beach horse rides.

Activities in the locality.

Rossnowlagh beach, famous for surfing, is a never-ending blue flag beach with the softest of yellow sand. Locals and tourists alike flock to this beach. Here is the link for this spectacular beach.

Ballyshannon, Castle adventure pet farm provides a great day out for all the family especially the younger ones. If playing in the sandpit is not enough for the younger children, then try some digger driving with the JCB mini digger. The weather is not an issue here as there is always plenty to keep children occupied. This is the link for the most up to date information:

Bundoran Waterworld and seaweed baths. Have you always wanted to try a relaxing seaweed bath? Well now, you can have your wish come true and here all the products used are sourced from County Donegal. Individual rooms and heated seawater baths make this a truly tranquil experience.

Here is the link to the Lough Mardal Glamping site and remember to check this site for the latest information.

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Portsalon Luxury Camping Donegal.

Travel to the very north of Donegal as far as Lough Swilly for this site. This location is an adults-only dedicated site. If you would like to sleep in a king-size bed in beautiful surroundings, then this is the perfect location for you. This site is situated in a very calm and quiet location and perfect for some time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Portsalon Luxury accommodation.

  • Mulroy, which is the largest yurt, has an electrical connection.
  • Luxurious King-size beds with bed lined provided.
  • Cozy wood-burning stoves.
  • Lockable front door.

Great things about this location.

  • Complimentary organic fruit, veg, and free-range eggs are available to guests in season-check availability.
  • Enjoy sunrise and sunset views from these yurts.

Unique elements.

  • You might catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights which can be seen from Fanad Head and Malin Head.
  • Seals, whales, and dolphins can be seen swimming along the Donegal coast but for the perfect view, a boat tour is best.
  • There is also a surfing paradise in Rossnowlagh which is perfect for surfers of all abilities.
  • The ever-changing dramatic Donegal scenery is a must for all visitors.

Activities in the locality.

Nearby is Ballymastocker Bay 3 mile-long sandy beach. Vast stretches of golden sand and plenty of parking, though it can get busy too. Knockalla hills provide the perfect viewpoint to see the full beach.

If you are looking for blue flag beaches, then you will be spoilt for choice in this county as it has more blue flag beaches than any other county.

For some spectacular scenery, what about a tour of Fanad lighthouse, see Fanad Lighthouse tours.

Glenveagh National Park.

Take a full day to roam around some of the 16,000 hectares of this wild park at your leisure. The park has a wealth of shorter walking trails to suit all users and several of the walks are looped walks.

This is the Glenveagh National Park link for up to date information:

Rock climbing.

With over 100 sea stacks off the coast of Donegal, this is the perfect location to practice this sport.

Remember to check the Portsalon Luxury camping website for the most up-to-date information. Here is the link.

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Pure Camping-Eco camping and Glamping in County Clare.

If you would like to get back to nature, in this much-loved natural location in South County Clare, and stay in a Bell tent beside your own woodland, then this is the location for you. Bell tents are one of the oldest forms of accommodation and these bell tents are replaced regularly. There are several options available at this location to suit everyone including unfurnished tents.

When looking at this site, I love how clear and easy it is to check availability.

Pure Camping accommodation.

  • Fully Furnished Bell Tent with an outdoor fire bowl.
  • Off-grid wooden cabins with stoves, toilets, and also outdoor fire bowls.
  • Unfurnished tents are also available without a woodstove.

Great things about this location.

  • Swimming just 15 minutes away at Querrin shore.
  • Lovingly created Labyrinth on site.
  • Woodland for Nature Bathing.

Unique elements.

  • Communal campfire.
  • Pizza oven.
  • Onsite sauna.
  • Yoga classes in the on-site yoga room.
  • Rainwater harvesting.
  • Outdoor shower block.
  • Vegan and Yoga retreats are available
  • Renew your connection with the outdoors in this location.

Activities in the locality.

Dolphin watching.

Dolphin-watching trips from Carrigaholt, lasting about 2-3 hours, make a wonderful family day out to see the Bottlenose dolphins in the area. If you prefer to watch the sun setting over the Atlantic Ocean, then why not try the relaxing sunset cruise, details at this link.

Bog walks.

If you wish to go further afield, the site has a good selection of bog walks. For each walk, you can take the shorter route or opt for the longer distance depending on your time and energy levels too. For any cyclist, there is also a very inviting 63km cycling route that takes you around Loop Head. Here is the link to the routes.

Hook Head labyrinth.

Ever wondered about the difference between a maze and a labyrinth- well here is your answer. The labyrinth has a single route to the centre, unlike the maze where you can be led into dead ends before finally reaching the centre. The classic labyrinth has seven rings and this site offers guidance on walking the labyrinth. Enjoy this original community-created labyrinth. This is the link.

Here is the link to the Pure Camping site for their most up-to-date information.

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