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18th Jul 2020

Five of the best spots in Ireland for a wild camping trip this summer

Megan Cassidy

‘Staycation’, ‘laethanta here-a’, whatever you call them – your hollibobs are looking a little different this year.

Lucky for us, we live on one of the most beautiful islands in the world, and there’s never been a better time to rediscover all the amazing things to see and do in Ireland.

If wild camping is your buzz, we’ve picked our five of the most peaceful and stunning destinations in Ireland where you can pitch your tent and reconnect with nature.

Glenregan, Offaly

Nestled in the Slieve Bloom mountains, this spot has amazing views of the River Shannon and some awesome forest trails. Although you’ll feel like you’re a million miles away from civilisation, this camping spot is a stone’s throw from the village of Kinnitty – best of both worlds.

Knockadav, Co. Waterford

This is about as wild as gets. There’s a bit of climb to get to this spot atop the Knockmealdown mountains, but so worth it for the views down to Blackwater valley. Make sure you wear the right gear as it can get pretty windy up there, but so worth it.

Coomshanna, Co. Kerry

The epic view of Dingle Bay is the selling point for this spot. There’s plenty of flat land to pitch your tent and a stream nearby which always comes in handy.

Beara Peninsula, Cork/Kerry

Patchwork fields, beaches and rugged coastline, this beaut is 200kms of of a camper’s heaven. Home to both the Caha mountains and Slieve Miskish mountains, there’s endless spots to explore on this stretch which is largely in Cork but reaches into Kerry also.

Glenbarrow, Co Laois

In the heart of the country lies this little spot of heaven. Fairytale waterfalls and beautiful walking trails for all levels of experience have made this Slieve Bloom spot increasingly popular over the last number of years.

Remember its of utmost importance to Leave No Trace when wild camping in Ireland.

Lead image via Shutterstock/Beara Peninsula, West Cork