Donegal Camping Guide: 11 Mighty Places To Go Camping In Donegal This Summer

places to go camping in donegal
Photo left: By Rosguill Holiday Park. Photo right: By Sleepy Hollows Campsite on Facebook.

If you’re in search of the best places to go camping in Donegal, you’ve landed in the right place.

Since publishing our guide to glamping in Donegal, we’ve had a lot of emails asking for recommendations about Donegal campsites that are worth booking into.

There’s no better way to appreciate the natural beauty of an area than by spending a night under the stars and waking up to coastal views and fresh air.

There are plenty of great places to go camping in Donegal, from campsites at the edge of a Blue Flag beaches to sites tucked away at the slopes of mountains.

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Our favourite places to go camping Donegal

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The first section of this guide tackles our favourite places to go camping in Donegal. These are places that:

  • One or more of our team have stayed in and would recommend
  • Have exceptional reviews on Google at the time of writing

1. Lakeside Caravan and Camping Park

There’s not much more you could want from a caravan park. Lakeside is located right on the shores of Assaroe Lake and only a brief walk from the little town of Ballyshannon.

It’s a great place to base yourself for exploring the North West, with plenty of things to see and do nearby.

The facilities at this four-stay caravan park are also top notch. They have Wi-Fi, a games room, laundry facilities, toilet and shower blocks and children’s play area.

They have a range of sites to accommodate caravans, motorhomes and tents, with some situated right on the edge of the water.

2. Magherabeg Holiday Park

Magherabeg Holiday Park
Photo via Magherabeg Holiday Park on Facebook

This holiday park is perfect for a beach camping trip as it’s within handy walking distance of the beach in the little village of Downings.

It’s a three-star park with all the best amenities such as a swimming pool, gym, sauna, jacuzzi, kid’s playground and toilet and shower blocks.

They also have a bar and restaurant which overlooks the caravan park and bay with a great food and drinks menu.

 If you want to explore some of the most picturesque beaches in Donegal, this is the perfect place to pitch up for a night or 3.

3. Portsalon Luxury Camping

Portsalon Luxury Camping donegal
Photos via booking.com

For a completely unique and comfortable camping experience, the wonderful Portsalon Luxury Glamping absolute treat.

Located just outside of Portsalon in a scenic and secluded spot on the Fanad Peninsula, this fancy Donegal campsite has five beautiful and furnished yurts. 

With a king-sized bed and sofa bed and wood burning stove, its luxury camping at its best. You also have access to cookers, a fridge, pots and pans, a dining area, Wi-Fi and charging points.

You can either enjoy stunning coastal views from the property or head down to the Blue Flag beach, Ballymastocker Bay for some sun. 

4. Sleepy Hollows Campsite

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Photo via Sleepy Hollows Campsite on Facebook

Sleep Hollows is a small, adults only campsite in Donegal that’s located in the quiet village of Meenaleck in West Donegal.

It’s a beautiful and secluded area with room to park vans or pitch a tent. Leos Tavern is a convenient 200 meters away or you can enjoy fishing, walking and beaches within 10km from the property.

This is arguably one of the best places to go camping in Donegal if you’re in search of a campsite that’s likely to be a lot more chilled that some of the others mentioned here.

5. Binion Bay Caravan and Camping Facility 

Binion Bay Caravan and Camping Facility 
Photos via caravanandcampingireland.ie

If you’re after views, look no further than this unique Donegal campsite in Clonmany, beneath Binion Hill.

Each site here is finely positioned to provide views over the surrounding green hills. Binion Bay Caravan and Camping is a small family run facility with plenty of things to do nearby. T

here are a variety of walking trails from the park or if you prefer a day trip, Glenevin Waterfall and Doagh Famine Village are also a short drive away. 

6. Wild Atlantic Camp

Wild Atlantic Camp
Photo via Wild Atlantic Camp

The last Donegal campsite in this section is up there with the best places to go camping in Ireland. Wild Atlantic Camp has something to suit everyone, from cute heated wooden pods to powered motorhome sites and tent pitches.

If you opt for the pods, you’ll get a cosy furnished hut that can sleep up to four people. The onsite facilities at the camp include hot showers, communal camping kitchen, free Wi-Fi, children’s playground and a café/take away shop.

It’s located in the heart of Creeslough village overlooking Sheephaven Bay, making it a great base to explore North West Donegal.

Beachside Camping in Donegal

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Photo by Spumador (Shutterstock)

The second section of our guide is packed with places to go camping in Donegal that are located right next to the sea.

Below, you’ll find a clatter of beachside campsites in Donegal, where you’ll be able to stroll right onto the sand. 

1. Caseys Caravan Park

Caseys Caravan Park
Photo via Caseys Caravan Park

This caravan park is perfectly positioned between a sandy beach and the village of Downings along Sheephaven Bay.

It’s on a huge eight-hectare site with room for more than 250 pitches and plug ins for caravans and other setups. 

The three-star park has a range of facilities, including a takeaway shop, showers and toilet block, a games room, playground for kids, laundry and kitchen facilities.

With the convenience of the beach in one direction and the shops and pubs in the other, it’s hard to beat a stay here.

2. Tramore Beach Caravan and Camping Park

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Photo via Google Maps

If you’re into water sports, Tramore Beach Caravan Park is for you. This place is located next to the beautiful beach in Rosberg (see photo above). 

The park has 20 spots for campervans and caravans and two large camping areas for tents. They also have a range of facilities on site including:

  • Toilet and shower blocks
  • A tennis court
  • Children’s play area
  • Laundry and waste disposal

The only downside is, if you’re a pet lover there are no dogs permitted at the park. if you’re after pet-friendly accommodation, hop into our guide to the best Airbnbs in Donegal.

3. Knockalla Caravan and Camping Park

Knockalla Caravan and Camping Park
Photo via Knockalla Caravan and Camping Park on Facebook

You can enjoy both the mountains and the beach at this caravan park on Ballymastocker Bay. It’s located right on the Blue Flag beach, not far from the slopes of Knockalla Mountain on the Fanad Peninsula.

The park includes Wi-Fi, a games room, café and shop, hot showers and toilet block, camp kitchen and a tennis court for all campers to use.

It’s the perfect place to bring the whole family, with plenty of walks and areas to explore nearby. 

4. Boortree Touring and Camping

Boortree Touring and Camping
Photo via Boortree Touring and Camping on Facebook

Boortree Camping is a new addition to the camping scene in Donegal. This family run site is just a short walk from Rossnowlagh Beach and is purposely built to suit a range of camping setups.

They can accommodate motorhomes, caravans and tents with clean communal facilities. You can also find all the essentials such as pubs, restaurants and shops within 5km from the property.

It’s easy to explore more of Donegal from Rossnowlagh, with Donegal Town, Slieve League and other beaches not too far away.

5. Rosguill Holiday Park

Rosguill Holiday Park
Photo via Rosguill Holiday Park

We’re going to round off our guide to the best places to go camping in Donegal with somewhere special – the brilliant Rosguill Holiday Park.

If you want ocean views from your tent, Rosguill Holiday Park is a great place to head on the north coast of Donegal.

Surrounded by golden beaches and clear water, this park has plenty of space for motorhomes, caravans and tents on the grassy sites. 

They also have a range of facilities for the whole family, such as toilet and shower blocks, tennis court, football pitch, laundry facilities and electrical hook ups for vans. You can easily sit back with a glass of wine at the barbeque area and enjoy the stunning landscape of the bay.

Wild camping in Donegal

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Photo by Chris Hill via Failte Ireland

Since first publishing this guide, we’ve received a fair few questions about wild camping in Donegal, and whether it’s allowed.

The quick answer is yes, wild camping in Donegal (and in many places in Ireland) is allowed, but you need to know what’s OK and what isn’t.

Leave no trace

First things first – regardless of where you wild camp, you need to ensure that you leave no trace – if you bring it with you, you take it home – no exceptions.

Private land

Many landowners will be perfectly OK with you camping on their land, but it’s important that you ask for permission in advance to avoid being booted out of your tent in the middle of the night.

National parks

Wild camping is allowed in national parks. Those looking to try wild camping in Donegal can head to Glenveagh National Park. Camping is allowed in certain areas.

Coillte land

Coillte have several designated wild camping spots in Donegal, each of which is located near a waymarked trail. You can find the spots on this handy map.

Donegal camping: Advice needed

When it comes to camping Donegal is home to a seemingly endless number of campsites, both designated and wild.

I’m sure that we’ve unintentionally missed out on some great places to go camping in Donegal in the guide above.

If you have a Donegal campsite to recommend, let us know in the comments section below.

FAQs about the best camping Donegal has to offer

Since publishing our guide to the best hotels in Donegal, we’ve had a massive influx of emails asking for accommodation recommendations.

In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.

What are the most scenic places to go camping in Donegal?

  • Rosguill Holiday Park
  • Portsalon Luxury Camping
  • Knockalla Caravan and Camping Park

What’s the best beach side camping Donegal has to offer?

  • Tramore Beach Caravan and Camping Park
  • Rosguill Holiday Park
  • Caseys Caravan Park

Elisha is a freelance writer, content creator and blogger and her work can be read in Lonely Planet, Remote Lands and Matador Network. You’ll usually find her travelling in offbeat places or hiking wherever there are mountains; always with a camera in hand.

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