If you’re in search of the best places to go camping in Sligo, you’ve landed in the right place.
Sligo is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Stunning scenery that takes in everything from sandy beaches to towering mountains, surrounds endless picturesque villages.
Add in the countless amazing things to see in Sligo, and you’ve got yourself a great little trip lined up.
There are plenty of places to go camping in County Sligo, and in this guide, we’ll cover some of the best.
Our favourite places to go camping in Sligo
The first section of this guide tackles our favourite places to go camping in Sligo. 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. Strandhill Caravan & Camping Park
Sitting in the shadow of the immense Knocknarea, Strandhill Caravan & Camping is ideally located to enjoy an array of activities.
From the Knocknarea hike and visiting Queen Maeve’s Cairn, to surfing, horse riding, golf, sea swimming, and much more, there’s something for everyone.
As such, Strandhill is as popular with families as it is with solo surfers. The site offers 20 acres of space, with almost 80 standings for caravans, as well as a huge, grassy area for tent campers. One of the best things about Strandhill is that even in heavy rain, the sandy soil rarely gets muddy.
2. Greenlands Caravan and Camping Park
For a great beach holiday, you’d struggle to find a more ideally placed campsite than Greenlands. Sitting atop a gentle hill, the campsite overlooks the beautiful, sandy Blue Flag Beaches of Rosses Point Peninsula.
Surrounded by peaceful scenery, it offers a true escape, yet Greenlands is just 8 km from Sligo Town, where you can stock up on food and supplies.
An array of ancient monuments surround the area, as well as medieval castles, and great restaurants and pubs. Set on 6-acres, there are several hard standings for caravans, and a well-draining field for tents. Great facilities ensure a comfortable stay, while the indoor lounge is ideal for socializing.
3. Lough Arrow Touring Park
This award-winning campsite boasts a superb location on the banks of Lough Arrow. Set amid stunning scenery, it offers peace and quiet, and a great chance for a little escapism.
The lough is a popular fishing destination, making this a great choice for anglers, but there’s much more to enjoy as well. With an array of attractions just a short drive away, there’s always something new to discover, whether it’s an ancient tomb or a vibrant pub.
The park offers excellent amenities on-site, with a shop, a raised field for tent camping, kitchen, showers, laundry and much more. The major highlight for us is the cosy lounge, complete with log burning stove — ideal for board games, reading, or impromptu music sessions.
Sligo camping: Some more popular places to pitch a tent
Now that we’ve got our favourite places to go camping in Sligo out of the way, it’s time to tackle the other, equally good, Sligo campsites.
Below, you’ll find some gorgeous waterside campsites, like Battlebridge Caravan & Camping Park and one of the more unique places to go glamping in Ireland.
1. Easkey Caravan Park (Tír na hÓige)
Sitting in the heart of the peaceful village of Easkey, the park is ideally located near all the important shops and services. The village is famous for its river, a superb place for salmon fishing, and if you follow it to the sea, you’ll come across the 12th century O’Dowd Castle.
Easkey Park (not pictured above) enjoys some fantastic facilities, including gym access, bike rental, and all the typical campsite amenities.
There’s space for both tents and caravans, and it’s popular among surfing enthusiasts, as well as anglers. But there’s plenty more to do in the area, with some great pubs and restaurants just a short walk from the park, and a myriad of ancient sites to discover nearby.
2. Battlebridge Caravan & Camping Park
A charming and tranquil campsite located on the banks of the River Shannon, Battlebridge Park is one of the more popular places to go camping in Ireland.
A stay here takes you into the surrounding nature and boasts a great atmosphere. Surrounded by woodlands, you’ll feel a million miles away from normal life, as you awake to the sound of the river gently splashing outside.
An array of pristine facilities make your stay comfortable, while numerous activities will keep everyone entertained. Try your hand at fishing or boating, or head to the lively onsite pub for an amazing atmosphere and regular live trad music sessions.
If you’re looking for something a little special, there are also a number of glamping options, including ecopods, cabins, shepherds huts, and vintage caravans.
3. Teapot Lane (Leitrim)
Teapot Lane pioneered luxury camping in Ireland when it opened back in 2010. Since then, it’s kept its place as one of the best glampsites in the country, offering a stunning location, amazing amenities, and beautiful surroundings.
Set in 5-acres of woodland, campers can enjoy nearby sandy beaches, a number of quaint villages and towns, and countless ancient monuments.
The quirky accommodation includes 3 glamping domes and yurts, a treehouse, and a lovely country cottage, ensuring a calm and quiet vibe, without the crowds of larger sites. As well as the awesome accommodation, the facilities are also top-notch.
4. Dartry View Caravan Park
Situated in the heart of the pretty village of Bundoran, Dartry View Caravan Park is a superb choice for caravans. Surrounded by the Benbulbin and Dartry mountain ranges, the scenery is great.
Plus, you’re just 5 minutes walk from the beach, where you can enjoy surfing, swimming, paddleboarding, horse riding, and much more.
Bundoran Golf Club is also nearby, as are a number of excellent restaurants, pubs, and shops. The park is well-maintained, with good facilities and the option for long-term stays.
Places to go wild camping in Sligo
Since first publishing this guide late last year, we’ve received a flurry of emails asking about wild camping in Sligo, and whether or not it’s allowed.
The quick answer is yes, wild camping in Sligo (and in many places in Ireland) is allowed, but you need to know what’s OK and what isn’t before picking a spot to pitch.
- Leave no trace: If you bring it with you, you take it home – no exceptions
- Avoid private land: Some landowners will be OK with you camping on their land, but you need to ask for permission in advance
- Coillte land: Coillte have several designated wild camping spots in Sligo, each of which is located near a waymarked trail. You can find the spots on this handy map.
Sligo camping: Where have we missed?
I’m sure that we’ve unintentionally left out some great places to go camping in Sligo and beyond in the guide above.
If you know of any campsites in Sligo (or any places to go wild camping in Sligo) that you’d like to recommend, shout away in the comments below!
FAQs about camping in Sligo
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from what are the most scenic places for camping in Sligo to which are the most unique.
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 best places to go camping in Sligo?
I’d argue that the best Sligo camping spots are Strandhill Caravan & Camping Park, Greenlands Caravan and Camping Park and Lough Arrow Touring Park.
What are the best spots for wild camping in Sligo?
Places like beaches (you can wild camp by beaches, once you do so safely and in a spot sheltered from the water) and Coilte land (where you have permission to do so) are best suited for wild camping in Sligo.
What are the most unique places for camping in Sligo?
If you’re after unique campsites in Sligo, you cant go wrong with Battlebridge Caravan & Camping Park, in my opinion.
Gillian Birch is a travel writer and published author. She has travelled the world and uses her personal journals and memories to write about her many travel experiences, particularly those that involved adventures in Ireland.