In recent years, Ireland has really stepped up its camping credentials. Whether you want to pitch a tent or clamp it up in a nice yurt or cabin, the perfect getaway isn't too far away. With families, friends and couples in mind, there's a variety of retreats that promise fresh air, plenty of space, great memories and a whole lot of fun.
If you're looking to plan the perfect camping getaway, then check out these incredible options.
Wild Atlantic Camp, Donegal
A haven for any glamping enthusiast is the luxury family glamping in the heart of Creeslough village, Co. Donegal overlooking the stunning Sheephaven Bay on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
Offering specialist glamping accommodation, you can choose from luxury glamping villas, contemporary glamping cabins, insulated glamping wooden pods, large canvas bell tents and serviced motorhome pitches.
The campsite is located near many local attractions including Glenveagh National Park, Doe Castle, Ards Forest Park, Horn Head Peninsula. If you like exploring, there are some incredible walks nearby over sand dunes, on beaches, through forests and woods, around cliff tops and over bogs all within just a few kilometres of the Wild Atlantic Camp.
Prices start from €40 staying in a large canvas bell tent.
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Pure Camping, Co. Clare
Pure Camping reminds me very much of the camping scene in The Parent Trap movie at which the twins meet each other for the first time. It’s a really traditional experience and definitely a place that embraces nature tenfold. It has cool canvas bell tents, plus off-the-grid wooden cabins if you want a bit more of a glamping experience. Once there, you’ll wake to the sounds of country life and find peace and quiet in a fairytale woodland. The wooden cabins provide a comfortable sleeping space for between four and six people, although ideally it would suit two adults and 2-3 children. Each cabin has its own toilet and sink, plus a stove too
An open plan cabin for four people starts at €117.50 for two nights during high season.
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Crann Óg Eco Farm Co. Galway
Reconnecting with nature is what Crann Óg Eco Farm is all about. It’s a small scale eco-farm and community, on 14 acres of land in the countryside of South Galway. Equipped with a large vegetable garden, an orchard, pond, some wild bogland, and for entertainment, horses, sheep, chickens and ducks lead the way. There are plenty of walks, cycles, and places to explore to keep you busy and at one with nature. For accommodation guests can pitch their own tent or choose from a yurt, two bell tents or an A-frame hut made from wooden pallets. Known for its eco credentials, the farm also has an Eco Tourism Ireland Gold Award. Tent pitches cost €10 per night and glamping accommodation in the yurts starts at €60 per night.
To book email CrannOgEcoFarm@gmail.com
Dromquinna Manor Co Kerry
The gold standard of camping has to be Dromquinna in Kenmare. This luxurious experience offers seven South African-style safari tents for couples and seven two-roomed tents for families, all dotting woodland on Kenmare Bay. Comfortable beds with goose-down duvets, cotton linen and covered decks to soak up views complete the picture. As for the most important meal of the day - breakfast of course - guests are treated to a breakfast basket that includes fresh coffee, croissants and juice. Facilities include the Boat House Bistro and a covered BBQ at The Pavilion.
Accommodation starts at €150 per night for two.
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Portsalon Luxury Camping, Co Donegal
If you’re looking for a camping experience with a view then Portsalon Luxury Camping in Donegal is calling. The views really are spectacular with it being perched on a hill providing breath-taking views of Knockalla mountain, Lough Swilly, Mulroy Bay and the Inishowen Peninsula. If you fancy a stroll along the beach or a dip in the sea, Portsalon has a wonderful 5km long blue flag sandy beach. Available to rent to visitors until October, this peaceful escape has five yurts with luxurious king size beds, cosy interiors and fabulous wood-burning stoves.
Accommodation starts at €100 per night for two people sharing.
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Ardmore Glamping Pods
A glamping pod with a pretty cool view is the Ardmore Glamping Pods. Conveniently located outside Ardmore village, the pods overlook Whiting Bay and are surrounded by a wildflower meadow.
The Ardmore Glamping Pods are the perfect choice for families, not only because there are several beaches nearly, but there’s also a mini zoo right next door to the pods. Taking a break from the cooking, there's also a restaurant on the grounds too, so guests can eat there or they also offer the option of renting out a barbeque which means one thing, SMORES all round!
The popular Cliff Walk is only a five drive from the beach, so it's an ideal location for some nice outdoor activities as well. The pods sleep four people all equipped with a bathroom each and they cost €150 a night.
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