17 Quirky Places To Go Glamping In Donegal In 2021 (Treehouses, Cabins + Lakeside Shacks)

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Photos left: via Portsalon Luxury Camping. Photo right: via Portsalon Luxury Camping

If you’re in search of the most unique places to go glamping in Donegal, you’ve landed in the right place.

The mighty county of Donegal is home to a handful of the most unique places to go glamping in Ireland.

From hobbit pods and finely decked out treehouses to cabins, lakeside shacks and more, there’s a little bit of something to tickle every fancy.

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The most unique places to go glamping in Donegal

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The first section of our guide is packed with the most unique and unusual places to go glamping in Donegal, from treehouses and hobbit huts to pods and fancy tents.

The chances are you’ll recognise many of these places if you read our guide to the most unique Airbnbs in Donegal.

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1. The Shipping Container

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Photos via Aribnb

First up is arguably the most unusual of the many places to go glamping in Donegal – the shipping container.

This self-contained luxury hideaway is situated on its own lake that overlooks Traghenna Bay, with its own parking and its own acre of land too. 

If you get bored of the coastal views from the living space, there is a Netflix Smart TV inside as well as WIFI.

You are also less than 5 mins from Lettermacaward where local pubs play Trad Music on Fridays and Dooey, a blue flag beach, is also 5 mins away.

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2. The Hobbit Pod

donegal hillpod
Photo via Airbnb

Ever since LOTR hit the big screen, just about everyone has wanted their very own Hobbit home. Well, look no further, this contemporary mountain pod is an excellent retreat.

This pod has won numerous awards including the ‘Best Place in Ireland to Get Away from it All’ by The Times back in 2017.

You can also visit a quiet beach nearby or discover the seven lakes by walking up your magical mountain pod.

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3. The Bird Box

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Photo via Airbnb

Expect your inner child to take over as you stay is this handcrafted treehouse (no actual kids allowed).

There are enchanting views of the Glenveagh National Park from the front and the location is a short distance from The Wild Atlantic Way.

All amenities are cleverly compacted inside with a kitchenette hidden behind the stairs, small bathroom nestled in the back left corner and a little woodburning stove to provide heat.

There’s a reason this place ranked high in our guide to the best treehouse accommodation in Ireland!

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4. Tom Crean’s Eco Cabin

donegal glamping pod
Photos via Paul on Airbnb

Located in the magical Knader forest and 5 mins from the town centre of Ballyshannon, this comfy cabin is the perfect spot for anyone looking to reset and relax. T

he cabin was inspired by famous Irish explorer Tom Crean so the cabin is tech-free with no WIFI or electricity to help you reconnect with nature.

The cabin is in the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way so there is plenty to see and do if you feel like it. If you’re looking for places to glamping in Donegal that’ll get you up close with nature, look no further than this place!

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Quirky places to go glamping in Donegal

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Photos via Lough Mardal Lodge Lakeside Glamping

The next section of our guide to the best places to go glamping in Donegal is packed with yurts, pods and one of our favourite places to stay in Donegal: Portsalon Luxury Camping.

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1. The Yurt

Glamping in a cosy Donegal Yurt
Photo via Patricia on Airbnb

If you are looking for the opportunity to embark on relaxing scenic walks in the morning and count the stars at night (while in bed) then this Mongolian yurt is ideal. 

Close to a local forest as well as the Wild Atlantic Way, there is heaps to explore (though maps and flyers are included in a folder inside).

Breakfast items such as eggs, croissants and cereal is provided so you can start the day right.

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2. The Bee Pods

Next up is the Bee Pods – one of many places to go glamping in Donegal with outstanding reviews online (hit play above for a nosey inside).

This cool accommodation is going to have you buzzing! The Bee Pods are situated on Crockahany hill, which gives amazing views of Rossnowlagh beach and Donegal Bay.

In fact, the location is so perfect that you can explore many nearby attractions such as Donegal Town, Bundoran and Ballyshannon.

You also get a Bee Pod welcome basket on arrival(which thankfully isn’t full of bees). The Bee Pods come with a comfy double or twin bed, modern décor and woodburning stove, making it sweet as honey.

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3. Corcreggan Mill

At Corcreggan Mill, you will be spoilt for choice as they have a number of different glamping accommodations.

here is the restored and rebuilt 150-year-old glamping railway carriage, originally coming County Louth 25 years ago.

For something more quirky, there is The Boat, this en suite ensemble boasts stunning sunset views of Tory Island and Horn Head.

And for anyone who wants to be closer to nature, there is the Bell Tents, a popular spot for those who wish to sleep under the stars.

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4. Lough Mardal Glamping

Lough Mardal Lodge Lakeside Glamping Donegal
Photos via Clare & Marcus on Airbnb

Next up is arguably one of the best places to go glamping in Donegal for those of you exploring with a group of friends.

Nothing says comfy like a yurt fitted with sheepskins, woolen blankets and fluffed pillows. There is even a woodburning stove with an abundance of firewood inside.

Outside of your yurt is awe-inspiring views of the forests, lake and mountain nearby. You might even think you are in the wild wild west.

The Lodge amenity close by comes with a large kitchen, showers and a huge fireplace to bask in. There is no electricity in the yurt though the Lodge has lockers where phones can be charged.

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5. Portsalon Luxury Glamping

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Photo via Portsalon Luxury Camping

This next place goes toe-to-toe with many of the best hotels in Donegal – Portsalon Luxury Glamping!

Located on the Fanad Peninsula, this luxury glamping site was named one of the best Campsites in Europe in 2019 by Yahoo.

The yurts are rustic enough to feel like you are in nature but with just the right amount of luxuries to make it more comfortable than camping.

Close by is the Fanad Lighthouse and just a mile away is the 3 mile long Ballymastocker Bay, perfect for an afternoon walk. There is also the Great Pollet Sea Arch to look out for, a real hidden gem to the area.

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6. The Lakeside Escape

The Lakeside Escape
Photos via Greg + Lukas on Airbnb

Although we missed this place in our guide to the best lakeside Airbnbs in Ireland, it looks the business (and going off the reviews online it’s pretty damn good!).

This shipping container turned sleeping container is a fantastic spot for a romantic hideaway and there is also a shepherds hut for some chillaxing.

The Lakeside Escape even comes with your very own pool and jetty. You can opt to sit by a fire or gaze out into the stars at night.

If you want an adventure, you can easily head to Dooey beach or up into the mountains. For any pet owners, pets are allowed (provided they are well-behaved).

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Glamping In Donegal with brilliant reviews

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Photos by Chris Hill via Tourism Ireland

The final section of our guide to the best glamping Donegal has to offer is packed with more places to stay that have racked up rave reviews online.

Below, you’ll find everything from a holiday village with a hot tub to an old-school wagon, pretty little pods and more.

1. Oakwell Holiday Village

Oakwell Holiday Village
Photos via booking.com

This luxurious staycation is home to a number of unique lodgings; from traditional Irish cottages to shepherds huts to bell tents, there is something for everyone.

This popular glamping spot is a favorite amongst couples or small families or anyone who just needs a break.

Located in Ramelton, which is 38 KM from BallyBofey, the holiday village gives visitors the chance to forget all their woes, especially in the hot tub or sauna. Lough Swilly is also a short walk away as well as Stoney beach.

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2. The Wonderly Wagon 

Wonderly Wagon 
Photos via Marion on Airbnb

If you ever wanted to step (or sleep) back in time then staying in a traditional bow top gypsy caravan is just the ticket.

The wagon is located on a farm where you can sample local produce as well as explore the streams, lakes and forests that surround you.

The wagon is perfect for a family of four or couple about to make a family. There is even a selection of books and board-games for when it rains.

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3. Surf School Pods

surf School Pods
Photos via Judith on Airbnb

Remember camping in a friend’s garden as a kid? Well now you can do it as an adult, and there’s heaps of things to do nearby if you spend the night.

Located in a quiet back garden behind a surf school, in the middle of Dunfanaghy town, the captivating Pods will make you wonder why you never tried glamping in the first place.

The pods come with electricity, running water, kitchenette, basically everything you need. You can also see Horn Head but don’t pass up the opportunity for some surf lessons.

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4. The River View Pod

The River View Pod
Photo via Stay Walled City on Airbnb

This quaint log cabin pod is situated right next to the Banks of the River Foyle, perfect for sunrise views. It takes about 30 meters just to reach the side of the Lough Foyle from leaving the cabin.

The cabin is en-suite with a little kitchenette for light cooking. It sleeps up to 4 people so this is excellent for a small family or a couple, especially since Derry city only 10 minutes away for you shopaholics out there.

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5. A Caravan With A View

A Caravan With A View
Photo via Carie on Fcebook

There is so much here than just a cool vintage caravan to make home, the location is also close enough to many local activities such as the Errigal Mountain and the beach too.

The cosy caravan sleeps 2 adults with electricity, kettle and your very own BBQ. If you or your partner or your best friend need somewhere to truly escape, this is the place.

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Donegal glamping: Where have we missed?

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

If you have a place to recommend, let us know in the comments section below. Or, if you fancy see where else there is to stay in Donegal, check out this guide.

FAQs about the best glamping Donegal has to offer

We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from the fanciest glamping Donegal has to offer to the most scenic.

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 unique places to go glamping in Donegal?

  1. The Birdbox
  2. The Hobbit Pod
  3. Corcreggan Mill
  4. The Lakeside Escape
  5. Oakwell Holiday Village

What are the coolest places to glamp in Donegal?

  • Portsalon Luxury Glamping
  • Lough Mardal
  • Tom Crean’s Eco Cabin

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