camping in Ireland

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10 Camping Essentials For Your Staycation In Ireland

Camping essentials

Planning on going camping this summer? From tents to tennis rackets, sleeping bags to seats, bike racks to barbecues, I’ve got all your camping essentials covered.

Whether you are a first time camper or a camping expert, it is vital you have the right camping essentials with you when camping in Ireland. A good quality tent is a given, but so is a sleeping bag and insulation mat, to cope with our ever changing weather conditions.

Roof boxes can be a handy way to double your boot space, but a powerbank to charge multiple devices in one go is probably at the top of your kids priority list! Unfortunately in Ireland we don’t have the luxury of campsites with swimming pools and restaurants that you find overseas, so you need to bring cooking equipment and cooler boxes, and of course no camping holiday is complete without games!

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With this in mind I have teamed up with Irish owned MicksGarage.com, who are Ireland’s number one online store for all your car and camping essentials. They have a wide selection of camping equipment online, many of which are available with next day delivery. 

 

1. Tents

High quality tents are the ultimate camping essenitals

There is a wide selection of tents available, including small tents for couples, luxury tunnel tents that can sleep up to six, and cool pop-up play tents for kids. Choosing the right tent really depends on how much camping you plan on doing. Luxury brands like Husky and High Peak produce high quality tents which are ideal for camping holidays in Ireland.

The High Peak Leesburg six man tent is like an outdoor home! It comes with a 11-15m2 of living space, a sewn-in floor to keep moisture, dirt and creepy crawlies out, transparent windows which can also be opened, and a large canopy to provide shade and protection against the wind. 

But if you are camping for the first time and are looking for a smaller, basic tent, Micks Garage have those too. Search the full range here:

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2.  Sleeping bags and Air mattresses

Husky sleeping bags are ideal for camping holidays in Ireland

The best tent in the world won’t feel like it if you don’t have a good sleeping bag to go with it. The high quality Husky sleeping bags are available for both adults and kids, and they cope with extreme conditions as well as warmer temperatures.

Make sure you pick up a camping mat too. The self inflating ultralight mats provide insulation, and their compact size are ideal for backpacking.  

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3. Portable camping furniture

camping essentials - inflatable seats.

From camping holidays to festivals, every home should have inflatable chairs. Micks Garage have a great selection with prices from just €15.90. You will also find portable dining tables and popup hammocks – the ultimate camping essentials!

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4. Roof racks

how to choose a roof rack

If you are worried about being short on boot space for your camping holiday, then you should invest in a roof rack. There are many different types to choose from, with prices from as little as €69.

Micks Garage’s easy to use roof rack tool will show you how to choose a roof rack in minutes. They have a wide selection of roof boxes to choose from too.

Read: How to choose a roof rack in three easy steps

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5. Bike racks

bike racks.

Cycling has become more popular than ever, and Ireland has many gorgeous greenways that are just waiting to be explored. However, renting bikes for all the family is not cheap, and many kids and keen cyclists feel more comfortable using their own bikes. Bike racks are an efficient and economical way of transporting your bikes, both on holidays, or for days out at home.

MicksGarage have a wide selection to choose from – you carry bikes on the roof, towbar or rear door of your car, with prices from €49.99. They also have a new electric bike carrier in stock too.

Read: 5 Greenways to cycle in Ireland this summer

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6. Portable barbecues and stoves

portable barbecue for camping.

Cooking on a portable stove or barbecue is part and parcel of camping holidays, and there is nothing better than barbecued burgers on the beach! Micks Garage have a wide selection of cooking equiment available as well as Chilly Bottles and camping cutlery.

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7. Powerbanks and Jumpstarters

a good quality powerbank is a camping essential

 

A jumpstarter is one of those things we all mean to buy, but often don’t. As well as jump starting a dead battery, they also double up as a powerbank and can recharge multiple devices on the go, including phones and tablets. Many also feature an LED light for use at night or low light conditions. These can be particularly useful if camping in Ireland and are one of those camping essentials that you will be glad to have with you.

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8. Roof boxes and tow boxes

roof racks can be handy for camping holidays

Double your boot space for your staycation this year but adding a roof box or tow box to your car. Store bulky items in the roof box, and allow plenty of room in your boot to bring a selection of clothes for all weather eventualities – remember you may get four seasons in one day in Ireland.

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9. Games and activities:

Games are camping essentials for family camping holidays.

Is a camping holiday even a camping holiday without fireside games and activities? From Swing Ball to Limbo, tennis rackets to darts, there is a wide selection to choose from, as well as kids crab nets, fishing rods and inflatable swimming pools.

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10. Cooler boxes

cooler boxes are vital camping esentials

Did you know that Coleman cooler boxes can retain ice for up to 3 days? Cooler boxes are not only camping essentials, but they are something that every home should have. There is nothing better than reaching for a cool drink on a hot day! There are many different cooler boxes to choose from, including personal coolers for short excursions and extreme coolers for longer trips. 

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MicksGarage.com are Ireland’s number one online store for all your car and travel essentials. They have a wide selection of camping equipment, SUP boards, bike racks and roof racks, many of which are available to order with next day delivery. Rated 4.7 on Trustpilot, MicksGarage.com should be your first port of call for staycation essentials this summer.

This post on camping essentials was sponsored by MicksGarage.com. I hope it helps you plan a trip away soon. 

 

Like this post? You might like:

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How to choose a roof rack in three easy steps

 

Sarah 

 
Holidays in Ireland

Campsites in Ireland Available This Summer

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Fancy going camping this summer? I’ve checked-in with many campsites in Ireland to find out what is available for July and August.

Campsites and holiday homes are the most popular accommodation choices for staycations this summer. I have many posts featuring self catering accommodation that is available, but campsites in Ireland are not proving as easy to source!

Read: 20 self catering breaks in Ireland  

Read: 20 Airbnbs on the Wild Atlantic Way Available in July & August

One of the main issues I discovered was that many campsites in Ireland are not accepting online bookings at present, or don’t have the facility to do so. I spend many hours calling numerous campsites all over Ireland, only to find out that many are fully booked for tents in July and August, or simply not taking bookings for tents.

There are plenty of spaces for caravans and motorhomes, but many campsites have restricted their numbers for tent pitches due to social distancing, and the requirements for campers to use bathroom facilities.

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Another issue that is frustrating campsite owners in Ireland is the size of tents that campers have. Tents are usually allocated specific pitches for two-man / family tents etc. However, some campsite owners recounted stories of people booking a pitch for two, only to arrive with a massive three-roomed tent with a gazebo and deck chairs – a sign of the times I guess!
 

 

 
This became such a massive issue last year that many campsites in Ireland will not confirm your booking until you confirm the size of your tent.  This has lead to another issue for campsite owners such as Wave Crest Camping, who take enquiries by email. The popular Kerry campsite said they ‘will have availability in due course, but they are still going through 1000’s of emails that they have received since January to find out what dates and size pitches people want’. 
 

 

 
I heard similar stories in many campsites I called. Meanwhile popular campsite Achill Camping is not opening for booking until government guidelines for reopening have been confirmed, and Dunmore Holiday Park are only accepting bookings for motorhomes/campervans as they are self sufficient. This may change closer to the beginning of the season, depending on Government and industry advice at the time.

wild camping on Achill Island.
The good news is that if you are having difficulty securing a pitch in a specific county, remember that many campsites in Ireland are not yet open for bookings. I suggest adding your name to their mailing list if they have one, or calling them to ask them to contact you when they are open for reservations.

That being said, family pitches in coastal campsites will be the most popular this summer, so if you are able to get availability now, I suggest you book your space. I also suggest getting your camping gear, bike racks and SUP boards now if you are planning any outdoor activities this summer.

Read: 10 staycation essentials you should be buying now.
 

 

 
I have listed some popular campsites in Ireland that are accepting bookings for tents in July or August now. If other campsites have availability please comment below or contact me and I will add your site to this list. 
 

Family campsites in Ireland:

IOAC Rosslare, Wexford: IOAC – Pitch from €32 per night

IOAC family campsite in Ireland

The IOAC (International Outdoor Adventure Centre) is a great choice for families looking for plenty of onsite facilities within a large holiday park. They have availability throughout July and August – there are 70 camping pitches as well as glamping pods and an RV park.
 

 

 
Children and teens will love the adventure park with high ropes, crate stacking and archery, and kayaking is among many sports available on its purpose-built activity lake. IOAC is ideally located in Rosslare, just 15 minutes from Wexford Town and within easy access of Wexford’s top attractions. It is also pet-friendly.

Read: 5 things to do in Wexford with kids

Read Top tips for family camping in Ireland

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Nore Valley Park, Kilkenny:  Pitch from €35 per night 

Castlecomer Discovery Park is one of the top things to do in Kilkenny with kids
Castlecomer Discovery Park

Nore Valley Park is very popular with families, especially those with younger children. It is situated on an open farm where kids are encouraged to assist with animal feeding. There is a kids play area, sandpit with diggers and a games area with pool table, crazy golf, pedal karts etc – extra charges apply. Continental breakfast, pizza, quiche and home-made bread is available daily.
 

 

 
We visited Kilkenny last summer and found it a great destination for families. We enjoyed a super day out at Castlecomer Discovery Park ( pictured above), which is just 30 minutes drive from this campsite.

Read: 10 things to do in Kilkenny with kids

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NireValley Eco Cabin, Waterford, €176 per night B&B

 

 
 
 
 
 
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For those looking for the camping experience without having to pitch or purchase their own tent – why not try glamping? There are numerous glamping sites all over Ireland that are suitable for families as well as couples.

Read: My top picks for glamping in Ireland

Read: 20 Airbnb glamping sites in Ireland

We stayed at NireValley Eco Camp a few years ago and loved it. There are five cabins, each set in its own field, with double beds, showers, a stove, and a delicious breakfast basket is delivered to you each morning.
 

 

 
It is set in a quiet area but ideal for families or couples looking for a relaxing stay. We explored the Munster Vales during our trip, the camp is within easy reach of Waterford, Cork and Tipperary. Various dates are available in July and August.

Read: Top things to do in the Munster Vales

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Limited availability at selected campsites:

Hidden Valley Holiday Park and Westport House are two of Ireland’s most popular campsites for families. They have very limited availability for pitches in July and August.
 
 

 

 

Campsites in Ireland available for couples:

 

Clifden Eco Beach Camping: €23 per couple per night. €5 extra for electricity.

Connemara beach perfect for camping holidays in Ireland

If a private secluded beach in Connemara sounds good to you, then I would book this now! I was surprised that the multi-award-winning campsite was still available in July or August, but this ecological park restricts the number of family bookings in order to have a balanced, sustainable campsite. While the family pitches are sold out, there are pitches available for couples – and all have sea views. All of your carbon footprint whilst at the site is completely offset.
 

 

 
There are numerous cycle routes close by and plenty of opportunities for kayaking, SUPping etc. The popular town of Clifden is just ten minutes away. There is no games room or activities but there is a communal kitchen and showers available. It is a more traditional camping experience than some of the others mentioned, but there are lots of things to do nearby. It is also pet friendly.

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Read: The ultimate camping equipment checklist for first time campers
 

 

 
Sarah

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20 Top Picks For Glamping In Ireland

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Bubble domes to bell tents, vintage caravans to tree-houses, there are so many different ways to try glamping in Ireland, check out my top picks below.

 

When I started researching this post on glamping in Ireland, I noticed that the word ‘glamping’ or glamorous camping, can really mean anything from a fancy tent with a mattress, to a glass bubble dome in the woods with a waiter service. I found adult-only glamping sites for the ultimate romantic getaway, as well as camp sites with lots of facilities for kids, including kids clubs and aqua parks.

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My first piece of advice is to think about how you want to experience glamping in Ireland. Do you want a luxury hideaway with no children to be seen, or do you want a family break with lots to keep the kids happy? Other important things to consider are whether you need an en-suite toilet or shower, a separate bedroom for children, and if you are looking for a traditional camping experience.

glamping in ireland

 
Some of my favourite memories of glamping in Ireland are cooking on an open fire, and having a private outdoor deck to enjoy the morning chorus. However, kids clubs and WiFi might be a high priority in your household…I have listed my top picks for glamping in Ireland below, and have more treehouses and quirky stays in my post on top Airbnb Glamping Sites in Ireland.
 

 

 

1. Dromquinna Manor, Co. Kerry

A member of Ireland’s Blue Book, Dromquinna Manor is one of most luxurious choices for glamping in Ireland. You can enjoy all the benefits of camping with the added advantage of having a bar and restaurant on your doorstep.
 

 

 
Their custom-made safari tents are impressive too. They are furnished like a luxury hotel bedroom with comfortable beds, high walls, a private veranda and and a breakfast basket waiting at your tent door each morning – what more could you ask for?
 
Family tents are also available with a separate bedroom and there is a playground, games room and a dedicated area for barbecues and camp fires. Washing facilities and toilets are located close to the tents. 
 

 

 
For the ultimate glamping experience you can rent the Hideaway.  This secluded tent has a separate entrance via a private gated garden, has antique furnishings and ensuite facilities, as well as stunning views over the lake.   

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2. Finn Lough Forest Domes, Co. Fermanagh

finn lough bubble domes glamping in ireland

The Finn Lough Bubble domes are one of the most unique places to experience a glamping holiday in Ireland. In fact, I’m not even sure they should be categorised as a ‘glamping’ experience – I think they probably deserve a loftier title. 
 

 

 
You may have seen images of similar domes under the Northern Lights in Lapland or Norway, but you only have to venture as far as Co. Fermanagh to enjoy stargazing from the comfort of your own four-poster bed. With a 180 glass dome you will feel immersed in nature, albeit from a heated dome that comes equipped with an ensuite bathroom, Nespresso coffee machine, bath robes and complimentary breakfast.  
 

 

 
Finn Lough Resort has a host of amenities on site including a spa, a choice of watersports and a great restaurant that boasts top quality locally sourced food. Note the Bubble domes are adult-only accommodation, however there are other accommodation choices available within the resort.

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3. Ballyvolane House, Co. Cork

glamping holidays in ireland

If you want to try a luxury glamping experience but are not too keen on cooking, then Ballyvolane House is the place to go. The award-winning Ballyvolane country house has been welcoming guests for over thirty years. You will enjoy a full-service glamping experience here, with all meals, drinks and afternoon tea provided in the main house, as well as a ‘glamping box’ provided with essentials.
 

 

 
They are different glamping options to choose from. The ‘glamping ark’ is ideal for couples, while bell tents sleep up to two adults and two children. All glamping accommodation is fully kitted out with raised timber beds, and the Ballyvolane turn-down service includes hot water bottles in your beds!
 

 

 
A fully heated wash house with toilets, showers and hair-dryers is located beside the glamping area, and best of all – a full Irish breakfast is served until noon in the main house, so you can enjoy a lazy morning in your cosy tent. 

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4. Killarney Glamping at The Grove, Co. Killarney

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Killarney Glamping at The Grove is a couples-only glamping site located close to Killarney town. You can enjoy a peaceful countryside setting with the option to stroll into town if you fancy dining out or enjoying some live music. We stayed here six years ago when it had recently opened, the location is superb.
 

 

 
The Glamping Suites have a luxurious double bed, electric blanket, gas stove and en-suite toilet. The private outdoor kitchen with barbecue and gas hob means you can enjoy a meal on your own heated patio in the evening time. You can also choose to stay in one of their luxury lodges, which have central heating, king size beds, a wet-room style shower and a mini-kitchen with a Nespresso machine.  

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5. Nire Valley Eco Lodge, Co. Waterford

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We stayed in the newly opened Nire Valley Eco camp last summer and we loved it. All five eco-cabins have acres of space around them with stunning views of the Comeragh Mountains. The cabins are beautifully furnished with a large comfortable bed, and have a bathroom with shower and toilet, and a mini-kitchen. It is an ideal glamping site for families too as kids can sleep above you on the mezzanine level, and pets are also allowed.
 

 

 
One of the highlights for me was the breakfast basket that was delivered to our cabin every morning, with locally sourced foods and freshly baked brown bread. For more information on our stay in Nire Valley Eco camp read my blog on things to do in the Munster Vales.

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6. Portsalon Luxury Camping, Co. Donegal

glamping in donegal ireland

Portsalon campsite is home to five luxurious yurts close to stunning coast in North Donegal. With king sized beds, wood burning stoves and carpeted floors, you are guaranteed a warm comfortable stay. The outdoor decking comes with a hammock, firepit and barbecue area as well as stunning sea views.
 

 

 
Communal bathrooms and kitchen facilities are available beside the yurts and there is  24-hour complimentary wifi available.
 
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7. Aran Islands Glamping

 

If you are looking to swap the hustle and bustle of city life for rugged landscapes and local traditions, its hard to beat the Aran Islands. The Aran Islands Camping and Glamping site located on Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands.
 

 

 
There are traditional camping facilities as well as glamping pods, all located close to the main town of Kilronan, and the stunning Frenchman’s beach. There are two types of glamping pods which can accommodate four or six people, so they are an ideal choice if travelling with friends or family. All pods have a shower room, toilet and wash basin, as well as a mini kitchenette.
 
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8. Mayo Glamping, Co. Mayo

glamping in Mayo, Ireland

Mayo Glamping has a wonderful selection of accommodation for glamping in Ireland. From hobbit huts, to Nordic Cabins and even a railway carriage – you will be spoilt for choice. Each home has its own outdoor fire pit, and a continental breakfast is also provided. There are cooking facilities in the communal kitchen, an outdoor cooking area for a BBQ or a wood fired pizza, and an outdoor hot tub and sauna. Kids will love the outdoor play area, board games and the hall for watching movies too.
 

 

 
Located just outside Castlebar, Mayo Glamping is the perfect location to explore all that Mayo has to offer. We visited Mayo last year and loved it. 

Read: Top 10 things to do in Mayo

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9. Cabu Cabins by the Lakes, Co. Cavan

luxurious cabins in Ireland

I’m not so sure that a stay at Cabü Cabins should be described as glamping, but it certainly a unique place to stay in Ireland. Located in Killykeen Forest Park on the shores of Lough Oughter, these luxurious cabins offer fabulous opportunities for boating, fishing and forest walks.
 

 

 
The log cabins and houses are scattered throughout the woodland and there are both traditional and contemporary cabins that suit families and couples. Pets are also welcome in some cabins.

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There is a bar, a traditional style grill serving evening meals, as well as a Sitooterie, which has an open fire and has barbecues on selected evenings. There is also a shop on site, and a nature spa with an outdoor hot tub and sauna. Cabu Cabins offer a luxurious cabin experience in the forest, with the benefits of hotel-type facilities on site.

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9. Purecamping, Co. Clare

family glamping in ireland

Purecamping was my first experience of glamping in Ireland and I loved it. Located in Loop Head, just 7 kilometers from Kilkee, it has all the feels of a retreat, but with great amenities close by. You can choose to stay in one of the 5-metre bell tents which sleep up to four people, complete with its own deck and fire pit, or one of their wooden cabins, some of which can accommodate families of six. Cabins have their own toilet, sink and stove, while communal toilets and showers are available close to the tents.
 

 

 
A new woodland trail through the 10 acre native woods is a nice way to start the day, and there is a large indoor playhouse as well as plenty of open fields for kids to play and kick ball. They have a pizza oven where kids (and adults) are encouraged to make their own pizzas. This is a good way to meet your fellow campers too.

I recall the night time gatherings around the campfire, some cooking fish that they had caught that day, others toasting marshmallows. There was plenty of beer and wine, starry skies and best of all – plenty of chat.

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The owner Trea is a qualified yoga instructor and offers yoga and meditation classes, and the new wooden barrel sauna with dunk bucket is bound to be a great asset to the camp. Purecamping also run special events throughout the year, such as a Yoga and Vegan Cookery retreats and Loophead Wellness weekends. 

 
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11. Podumna Glamping Village, Co. Galway

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The Podumna Glamping Village offers visitors the feel of a camping experience, with the added advantage of being close to the town of Portunma and the river Shannon nearby. They have a selection of pods, huts and cabins, some sleeping up to six people. 
 

 

 
The Pods come with a luxurious double bed and are ideal for couples, while there are family pods that sleep up to five. All pods are fully insulated and come with bedding, heating, and a deck with barbecue, table and chairs. Communal bathrooms, kitchen and dining rooms are available. If you wish to have a large family gathering or group event, you can hire the exclusive use of Podumna Village for a large group.

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12. Rock Farm Slane, Co. Meath

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Rock Farm Slane has five yurts and two shepherd huts on a 150 acre farm along the the banks of the River Boyne. Surrounded by a wild meadow and overlooking Slane Castle, it is a wonderful ecotourism destination that will give you a back to nature experience in Ireland’s Ancient East.
 

 

 
Rock Farm Slane is suitable for singles, couples and families, and can even host weddings, hen parties or corporate events. The luxurious yurts can sleep up to six while the cosy shepherd huts sleep up to two. ‘Le Shack’ has a communal kitchen dining area and bathrooms with a decking area for hair drying.
 

 

 
The chill out zone has a wood burning stove, an iPad docking station, and there is a clay pizza oven and large communal fire pit which are popular ways to meet fellow campers. If you fancy a dip you can choose the private river access for wild swimming or the outdoor hot tub for a more relaxing experience.

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13. Glamping Under the Stars, Co. Laois

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As well as offering six different glamping accommodations, the name, ‘Glamping Under the Stars’ has already got me thinking that I want to stay there. Located just an hour from Dublin, this award-winning glamping site has bell tents, wood lodges and a shepherd’s hut, all equipped with proper beds, a private decking area and sockets for charging phones.  
 

 

 
The Lake View and Starry Night bell tents sleep up to four, while the Blue Sky bell tent, the Shepherds hut and lodges sleep up to six.  The communal ‘Glamp House’ has a kitchen & dining area with a barbecue deck, campfire area, and proper bathrooms. There is also a children’s playhouse, sandpit and fairyhouse.

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14. Belmullet Coastguard Station, Claggan Island, Mayo

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I spotted these luxurious glamping pods recently and I can’t wait to see them first hand. Located on Claggan Island – which was only officially declared an island in 1991. It is located about 12km from Belmullet and is linked to the mainland by a narrow, sandy causeway that divides Trawmore Bay from Blacksod Bay, and is surrounded by sandy beaches.
 

 

 
The luxury Pods can sleep up to four adults and have a toilet and washbasin, with full access to the dedicated kitchen and shower area.  Tents can be pitched beside the pods for additional €15 per day.

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15. The Hideout, Romantic Tree House in Co. Wexford

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Are you looking for somewhere unique to stay in Ireland? This beautiful tree house should do the trick! Featured on RTÉ’s The Big DIY Challenge, this fully insulated tree house comes with a wood stove and multiple oversized windows, to catch the perfect sunset views. You can also stargaze through the skylight in the loft-style bedroom, and enjoy a BBQ on the outside deck.
 

 

 
The house has all modern electrics, and the bathroom pod has a normal toilet and a large two-person shower. This treehouse is featured on Airbnb, you can see more glamping sites on Airbnb in this post:

Top Airbnb glamping sites in Ireland

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16. Butterfly Valley Glamping, Co. Kilkenny 

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Butterfly Valley Glamping is located just 2km from Thomastown, overlooking the river Nore in Kilkenny. There are luxury bell tents, wooden pods and even a vintage caravan on site. All accommodation is well equipped with comfortable beds, and there is a separate wooden lodge with a kitchen/dining area, bathroom facilities, and a chill out area with tea/coffee and board games.
 

 

 
There is also a barbecue and camp fire area, which is perfect for toasting marshmallows and connecting with fellow campers. Kilkenny is a super choice for a family staycation, we visited last summer and loved it.

Read: Top 10 things to do in Kilkenny with kids

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17. Ardmore Glamping Pods, Waterford

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Ardmore Glamping Pods consist of six custom made pods and a large Scandinavian log cabin that recently opened in 2018. They are located in the popular seaside resort of Ardmore, and have the added advantage of having an open farm and mini zoo on the grounds – although an additional charge applies.
 

 

 
The glamping pods are extremely well equipped with a double bed, pull out sofa, dining table and chairs, wardrobe, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, toilet and wash basin. You will also have access to the communal log cabin which has an open plan living area with TV, full kitchen facilities and showers. BBQ facilities are available for hire.

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18. Teapot Lane, Co. Leitrim

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Teapot Lane offers a wide selection of accommodation for glamping in Ireland. The vintage caravan which sleeps up to two, is their lowest price accommodation option, but this is equipped with a small double bed and a Nespresso coffee machine. Yurts are also a popular choice. They are heated, furnished with wooden floors and have a private deck where you can enjoy a barbecue. Communal toilets, kitchen and shower facilities are located close by.
 

 

 
Have you always wanted to stay in a tree house? This is your chance! Complete with a king sized bed, a pot belly stove. a wine fridge and a swing chair to relax and enjoy the view, this couples-only retreat is the perfect romantic hideaway.
 

 

 
However, Teapot Lane is not just for couples or families. For ten years they have hosted unique Hen weekends, which come with meals and activities included. It is BYOB but they have bars available with glasses, mixers etc. If you fancy a night in the city, their complimentary bus will take you to and from Sligo town or Bundoran. 

See more treehouses and quirky stays in my post on top Airbnb Glamping Sites in Ireland

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19. The Old Forge Glamping, Co. Wicklow.

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Located on the grounds of a Georgian House amongst the Wicklow Hills, the Old Forge Glamping site is an idea choice for a family glamping holiday in Ireland. There are four yurts which sleep up to four people, and a log cabin that can accommodate up to six, and you can even hire the whole campsite if you want to get a group of friends or family together.
 

 

 
Each yurt or log cabin has its own campfire and barbecue area, and inside they are fitted with proper bedding. You are free use the fully furnished kitchen and bathroom facilities in the Georgian farmyard building, and there is also an outdoor bar.

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20. River Valley Holiday Park, Co. Wicklow

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Although more like a holiday resort than a traditional glamping site, River Valley Holiday Park has a wide selection of glamping accommodation options including treehouses, lodges and a Kukoo hut, some of which can accommodate up to families of six. The treehouse has two double beds and two single beds as well as a toilet, wash basin, small fridge, microwave and heaters.
 

 

 
The lodges are similarly equipped but without bathrooms, however, a communal area is just steps away with toilets, showers, kitchen, etc. Note you need to supply your own sleeping equipment such as pillows, sleeping bags and towels, as well as dishes and cooking utensils.
 

 

 
There are numerous activities available on-site including kids clubs, mini-golf, a pet corner and an air-soft rifle range – extra charges do apply. Regular evening entertainment is held during July and August.

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I hope this post will inspire you to go glamping in Ireland in the near future. Let me know if you decide to book any of these glamping sites and how you got on when you get back. Note some of the links in this post contain affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.
 

 

 
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Sarah

The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

 

 

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