Back in 2010, the arrival of the glamping phenomenon was met with tuts and mutters of ‘notions’ by Bear Grylls types.
But since then it has absolutely exploded. It turns out the people of Ireland are quite attached to their hot showers.
We’ve rounded up the 10 most unique and interesting luxury campsites in Ireland all in one place. Turns out we’re pretty good at this notions stuff when we put our minds to it.
Camp in a restored airplane in one of Ireland’s most picturesque surfing villages. Ideal for big groups.
A restored church makes for a really unique communal area where movies can be screened and grub ordered before retiring to your cosy yurt. Ideal for a hen party or birthday weekend.
This was the OG glamping spot in Ireland, and has been recognised internationally as one of the best. You can stay in a treehouse, yurt, tent or caravan and there’s even spa treatments available. Heaven.
If you’re looking for a peaceful escape – here’s your place. Five yurts in a stunning coastal setting with the beach just a short walk away as well as a host of popular natural attractions make this the perfect place to get away from it all.
Literally live in your own little bubble for the night at this truly unique glamping spot. Stargaze from the fully transparent domes – the perfect romantic break.
This is midlands magic at it’s best. Camp under the stars in a wood cabin, shepherd’s hut or bell tent. Hotel-style bathrooms are perfect if you’re not exactly the *outdoorsy* type.
These yurts are but a few metres from the sea and a stroll into the seaside village of Kinsale. A nearby covered chalet means that you can enjoy the break no matter the weather.
8. Rock Farm, Slane
One thing is for sure, at Rock Farm you certainly won’t be bored as there are tons of activities available in the local area – from kayaking and rafting to ‘recreational tree climbing’.
They host food festivals during the year, as well as weddings and events, so there’s always an excuse to visit.
9. Pod Umna, Co Galway
Galway is one of the greatest spots in Ireland for a weekend away and this fab little village of eco huts, bell tents, huts and B&B rooms will definitely make the trip worthwhile. It’s close to the beautiful Portumna Forest Park, which is the perfect spot for a leisurely stroll or cycle, and it’s child-friendly too (with a on-site babysitter on request). On the shores of Lough Derg, this is a great choice for anyone who likes water sports.