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36 Unique And Quirky Places To Go Glamping In Ireland In 2022

36 Unique And Quirky Places To Go Glamping In Ireland In 2022

There’s some very unique and unusual places to go glamping in Ireland.

And it seems like with every passing year people raise the bar and bring something completely different to Ireland’s glamping scene.

In the guide below you’ll find everything from pods overlooking the Atlantic and yurts hidden away in woodland to places to go glamping with hot tubs in Ireland. Dive on in!

What we think are the best places to go glamping in Ireland

Chléire Haven Glamping

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The first section of this guide is packed with what we think are the best places to go glamping in Ireland. These are places that one of The Irish Road Trip Team have either been to, or that we’ve had rave reviews about from multiple sources.

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1. Rock Farm Slane (Meath)

rock farm

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Set in a lush grove, Rock Farm Slane has a collection of spacious yurts, luxury shepherd’s huts, bell tents, cottages and a straw-bale ecolodge near Slane Castle.

There are plenty of onsite amenities and activities including a shop, hot showers, fire pit and a fully equipped kitchen. Go kayaking, rafting and swimming in the placid waters of the River Boyne nearby or take a guided farm tour of the rare breed pigs and cattle and learn how to make Irish soda bread baked in a wood-fired oven.

This is one of the more popular places to go glamping in Ireland with a group, as it’s spacious, there’s some nice communal areas and the village of Slane (with it’s walks, pubs and restaurants) is a short spin away.

2. Fernwood Treehouse Dome (Galway)

Fernwood Treehouse Dome

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For a real eco experience, how about sleeping in a Treehouse Dome?! You’ll be looking down on the world from your comfy abode in the treetops.

Standing 5m above ground, this incredible Geodesic Dome has a super-king bed, woodburner stove, hot rain shower, kitchenette with fridge and micro/oven and an outdoor deck for a five star glamping experience.

Wake up in the treetops, listen to the birds or walk in the woodlands after breakfast before heading to nearby Clifden. It’s all part of your Fernwood Treehouse stay.

3. Lough Mardal (Donegal)

lough mardal

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We’re off to Ballintra in Donegal, next, to the absolutely stunning Lough Mardal. This is a lakeside eco lodge that boasts luxury yurt glamping. At Lough Mardal, you’ll find cosy and spacious Skydome Yurts that are fully insulated and offer beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.

For food, you can either cook up a storm on the on-site kitchen or, during the warmer evenings, there’s an outdoor BBQ.

There’s also a big communal area called ‘The Lodge’ where you can kick-back with a coffee by a huge fireplace. If you’re looking for family glamping in Ireland, look no further.

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4. Aran Glamping (Galway)

aran islands glamping

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Get away from it all at Aran Camping and Glamping on Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands in Galway Bay. Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, stunning natural beauty and dramatic scenery is a given.

After a busy day hiking and exploring, return to your modern glamping Clochán pod that sleeps 4-6 in double and single beds, bunks plus a pull-out. They all have a private terrace, shower room and kitchenette with fridge, microwave, tea/coffee facilities and crockery.

These are some of the more unique glamping pods Ireland has to offer as they are, quite literally, a stone’s throw from the water.

5. Chléire Haven Glamping (Cork)

Chléire Haven Glamping

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Located on Irish-speaking Cape Clear Island off the coast of West Cork, a visit to Chléire Haven Glamping starts with a 40-minute ferry ride from nearby Baltimore. The surrounding scenery is simply magical.

Your home-from-home will be in a spacious Mongolian yurt or bell tent complete with gas cooker, solar powered lighting, log stove, real beds and bean bags. Stargaze through the open top or sit out on the deck enjoying the serenity of this island paradise.

The glampsite here overlooks the ocean and there’s plenty to see and do on the island to keep you entertained.

6. Mayo Glamping

mayo glamping

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If you’re looking for places to go glamping in Ireland with friends this year, Mayo Glamping is well worth considering. It’s here that you’ll find a cluster of Nordic-style cabins, Hobbit huts and even a railway carriage to accommodate guests.

Gather round the fire pit toasting marshmallows before sleeping well with luxury linens and comfy beds.  Continental breakfast is provided, or cook your own full Irish in the communal kitchen. There’s even a BBQ and wood-fired pizza oven onsite for haute cuisine!

Located in Castlebar and close to many of the best things to do in Mayo, the site has a playground, sauna and steamy hot tub too!

Places to soak up some luxury glamping in Ireland

finn lough domes

Photos via Finn Lough

Now that we have our favourite Ireland glamping spots out of the way, it’s time to see what else the island has to offer!

Below, you’ll find places that offer luxury glamping in Ireland (a couple of which are adults only!).

1. Killarney Glamping at the Grove (Kerry)

Killarney Glamping at the Grove

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A romantic break is assured at the couples only Killarney Glamping, close to the lively Killarney Town and Killarney National Park in Kerry. Luxury lodges and glamping suites include double beds with cosy electric blankets, ensuite bathrooms with shower, and private heated patios with BBQ.

The glamping suits boast a full sized bedroom decked out with luxury linen and chic furnishings, a toilet and shower. There’s also a shared outdoor kitchen and communal fire pit overlooking the river.

2. Dromquinna Manor (Cork)

Live like king and queen when you book into Dromquinna Manor’s glampsite! This 50-acre coastal estate on the Ring of Kerry has a choice of luxury tents, lodges and upscale accommodation in the restored Potting Sheds with shared bathrooms, showers and kitchen.

Sleep soundly beneath a goose-down duvet and enjoy the breakfast hamper delivered to your door each morning. There’s gourmet waterfront dining at the Boathouse Bistro and the chance to go horse riding, hiking, boating or scuba diving nearby.

If you’re looking to splurge, the exclusive ‘Hideaway‘, is said to be one of the most exclusive places to go glamping in Ireland.

3. Portsalon Luxury Camping (Donegal)

Portsalon Luxury Camping

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More luxury glamping in Ireland can be discovered at the fabulous Portsalon Luxury Camping where you’ll be treated to superb mountain views from your luxurious yurt. Located in an elevated position in Donegal near Portsalon Beach, this glampsite offers breathtaking scenery of the surrounding area.

Tall yurts provide roomy space with a full double bed and proper furniture. The surrounding deck is perfect for putting your feet up and toasting marshmallows on the fire pit.

There’s a woodburner stove and everything you need onsite. Close to Lough Swilly with its golden sandy beach, Portsalon Glamping is a unique gem.

4. Finn Lough Forest Domes (Fermanagh)

finn lough domes

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Revel in the Forest Hideaway, surrounded by glorious nature in state-of-the-art domes at Finn Lough in Enniskillen. These private transparent pods allow guests to sleep beneath the stars in a private forest setting with interrupted views. Lie back stargazing after dark and appreciate the numerous stars above.

Luxury is definitely the watchword as this glamping retreat has an onsite Elements spa, sauna and lake plunge. Upgrade to a premium bubble dome with four poster bed and rolltop bath with forest views. Ensuite bathrooms, Nespresso coffee machines, fluffy robes and tasty breakfasts complete the pampering.

These are widely regarded as the most unique glamping pods in Ireland for good reason.

5. Ballyvolane House Glamping (Cork)

Ballyvolane House Glamping

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Ballyvolane House promises glamorous camping and a luxury experience surrounded by the magic of nature. Wooden arks for 2 and bell tents for up to 5 guests are comfortably furnished and set in the lush grounds around Ballyvolane House.

Chandeliers hang above Futon beds with luxury loos and showers in the nearby barns which also house a breakfast cafe. Enjoy cocktails and a 4-course set dinner in the main house each evening. Woodland walks, soccer pitch, sun loungers and hammocks add to the appeal.

Guests are welcome to help feed the pigs and collect hens’ eggs each morning.

Glamping with a hot tub in Ireland

Although we have a dedicated guide to places to go glamping with a hot tub in Ireland, I’m going to show you some of our favourites.

Below, you’ll find everything from treehouses and luxury getaways to some very quirky pods.

1. Killaloe Luxury Pods (Clare)

Killaloe Luxury Pods

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Glamping never looked better than from your luxury hot tub at Killaloe Lake Farm. The cosy pods provide private seclusion and luxury with stunning views across the River Shannon. Take a dip in the hot tub before tucking into dinner on the veranda all with panoramic views.

Explore the timber boardwalks or go kayaking and paddling on the calm waters. Lodges include satellite TV and ensuite bathrooms with power shower.

After a sumptuous night’s sleep, head to the fully equipped kitchen with Rangemaster stove and Smeg appliances for cooking up a tasty breakfast or dinner for 2.

2. Grove House (Cork)

Grove House Cork

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Nestled in a quiet corner of Cork, at one with nature, Grove House offers spacious accommodation in a fairytale treehouse. It includes a state-of-the-art kitchen, dining area, bathroom with shower and open-plan living area.

Naturally the views over the West Cork countryside are stunning from the elevated deck. Make use of the comfy double bed and your own private covered Canadian hot tub as part of your leafy upscale glamping retreat.

3. Rossharbour Resort (Fermanagh)

Rossharbour Resort Glamping

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Head to Rossharbour Resort for glamping with a very upbeat tone. Each curved pod is screened by greenery and has a wicker table and chairs for outdoor living. You can opt for a lakeside lodge or riverside lodge for the best views across to the Lough Navar Mountains.

Pods have a double glazed floor-to-ceiling window for the best views, an ensuite bathroom, kitchenette, widescreen TV, double bed and private hot tub. There’s also an onsite sauna and bar with music.

If you’re looking for glamping with a hot tub in Ireland, Rossharbour is a great option for a weekend away with a difference.

4. Willowbrook Glamping (Roscommon)

Willowbrook Glamping

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Willowbrook Glamping is surrounded by countryside near Ballaghaderreen in Roscommon. These cosy Mongolian yurts have ample space for a double and 2 single beds. Keep out the cold on cool nights with the oil filled electric heater.

The timber framed roof extends over the private deck where your private wood-fired hot tub stands ready. There’s also an Enchanted Forest Hideaway for 6 next to the outdoor communal kitchen where breakfast is served from 8-10am.

There’s a modern toilet and shower block, fishing and an onsite pizza house for more fun.

5. Oakwell Holiday Village (Donegal)

Oakwell Holiday Village

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Oakwell Holiday Village lives up to its name with a collection of chalets, shepherd’s huts and glamping tents as well as a hot tub and sauna. Located in Ramelton in Donegal, it’s a great base for exploring the mighty Wild Atlantic Way.

Luxury self-catering accommodation is complemented by a play area, lounge/TV area, shared kitchen and laundry. Bell tents include a woodburner stove, inflatable mattresses (bring your own sleeping bag), electricity and Wi-Fi.

The quirkiest glamping pods in Ireland

Ardmore Glamping

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The next section of our guide looks at the most unique pods for glamping in Ireland, with a mix of places that’ll suit families and couples alike.

Below, you’ll find the brilliant Ardmore Glamping and Glenarm Castle to the very quirky Podumna.

1. Glenarm Castle Glamping (Antrim)

Picture yourself staying in a luxury glamping pod with ocean views in Antrim. That’s the deal at Glenarm Castle Glamping which was named in “Top 10 Places to Stay” by Irish Independent. Start the day with a delicious breakfast in the Tea Room or enjoy a scoop of ice cream in the Milking Parlour.

Explore the Walled Garden or further afield from your 4 star glamping base. The cosy pods sleep 4 with a double bed and bunks, shower room, luxury linens, electricity, fridge and WiFi. See our guide to the best places to go glamping in Northern Ireland for more like this.

2. Podumna (Galway)

Podumna galway

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Podumna is one of the best places to go glamping in Ireland with a group, as it’s finely kitted out with plenty of accommodation options along with large communal areas. This is an urban glamping village in a glorious woodland setting in Galway and you’ll hardly believe you’re in the centre of Podumna town!

Book yourself an eco pod, hut or glamping cabin (no tents) and enjoy the comforts of home. Pods sleep up to 5 with mattresses, sheets, duvets, power and heating. Your private outdoor deck is furnished for al fresco dining when creating a meal in the onsite kitchen.

There’s an onsite dining/games room but local pubs and cafes are just a 2-minute walk away.

3. Belmullet Coast Guard Station (Mayo)

Belmullet Coast Guard Station

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Another coastal gem, Belmullett Coast Guard Station on Claggan Island offers idyllic scenery and sandy beaches on the doorstep of your luxury glamping pod. Each has a comfy double bed and pull out sofa bed, oil heater, kettle, mini kitchen and private toilet with hand basin.

There are modern showers nearby in the converted barn. The outdoor terrace with gas BBQ is ideal for mealtimes and sunsets, surrounded by the beauty of nature.

4. Fair Head Glamping Pods (Antrim)

Fair Head Glamping Pods

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Fair Head Glamping Pods are in Ballycastle in Northern Ireland and are fully equipped for 4 guests. Enjoy amazing sea views overlooking the Fair Head Cliffs as you walk around the farm. The cosy pods include electricity, heating and running water, a double bed plus bunk beds for 2 children.

They even have an ensuite shower room, tea/coffee dock with fridge and hanging space for clothes. Sit around the camp fire after dark for an unforgettable experience.

5. Ardmore Glamping (Waterford)

Ardmore Glamping

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Enjoy the stunning outdoor lifestyle and natural beauty with a stay at Ardmore Glamping in Waterford. Six large glamping pods sleep 4 and have double glazed windows and ocean views.

Furnishings include a dining table and chairs, full double bed plus pull out sofa bed, toilet and hand basin, fridge and tea/coffee facilities plus a heater. If you prefer, opt for the log cabin with custom shower block, kitchen and communal TV area. Golf, sea kayaking, hiking, archery and watersports are nearby.

Romantic glamping in Ireland

Beds of Silk

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Our next section takes a look at the more romantic places for glamping Ireland has to offer, for those of you in search of something a bit different.

Below, you’ll find everything from treehouses to a glampsite that’s perfect for stargazing.

1. Sperrinview Glamping (Tyrone)

Sperrinview Glamping

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For a romantic getaway with a difference, head to Sperrinview Glamping in the foothills of the Sperrin Mountains. Ideal for hiking, stargazing and exploring the Beaghmore Stone Circles and Davagh Forest nearby, your cosy pod has a kitchenette and shower room.

As well as a single bed there are two double beds beneath a special viewing window for stargazing. TV and WiFi are included in your luxury glamping accommodation along with outdoor seating, BBQ and a fire pit.

2. Teapot Lane Treehouse (Leitrim)

Teapot Lane Treehouse

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Stay somewhere unique and different at Teapot Lane Glamping which offers geodomes and a couple’s treehouse. Nestled in the woods, it’s the perfect romantic spot for two.

Noted as Ireland’s first ever treetop accommodation, it has a plush interior with king-size bed, wallpaper, lamps, stove, kitchen with sink, kettle, wine fridge and Nespresso machine.

There’s a composting loo just off the balcony and a hot shower too. Relax on the deck with a coffee before visiting some of Leitrim’s areas of natural beauty.

3. Larchfield Estate (Antrim)

Myrtle is a luxury glamping truck complete with logburner stove, kettle, sauna, hammock, shower and sun deck – everything you need for a romantic break at Larchfield Estate near Lisburn in Antrim.

In fact, you get two adjoining trucks, one providing a cosy living space with rustic furnishings and a cushioned leather sofa for curling up close. There’s a desk and proper double bed with electric lights plus an outdoor deck with dining area.

If you’re on the lookout for romantic and luxury glamping in Ireland, Larchfield Estate is well worth considering.

4. Wild Atlantic Glamping (Cork)

Wild Atlantic Glamping

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West Cork beckons glampers to stay on Bere Island at Wild Atlantic Glamping. Luxury 5m diameter bell tents offers spacious accommodation with beautiful Bantry Bay views from your private terrace. Sleep well in a proper double bed with duvet.

Electricity, a cool bag, and towels are provided. For the ultimate romantic treat, guests also get a bottle of prosecco, homemade scones, Bere Island honey and blackberry jam as a welcome. Toast marshmallows over the fire and breathe in that fresh sea air.

5. Beds of Silk (Clare)

Beds of Silk

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Beds of Silk is another excellent option for boutique glamping in Ireland, and you’ll find it on the Shannon Estuary Way in Clare. Modern shepherd’s huts are fully equipped to provide a relaxing retreat with king-size bed with fine linens, kitchenette with kettle, toaster and microwave and an induction hob.

It’s easy to rustle up breakfast in bed! Huts also include a gas BBQ and a private shower room with hot water rain shower, toilet and stone hand basin. Surrounded by quiet roads for hiking and cycling (bike rentals available), the historic Labasdheeda Peninsula is the ultimate getaway.

Popular spots for family glamping in Ireland

River Valley Holiday Park

Photos via River Valley Holiday Park on FB

The final section of our guide looks at the more unique family glamping Ireland has to offer, and there’s plenty to choose from!

Below, you’ll find some wonderful family friendly glampsites in Ireland, with some very unusual places to stay.

1. Glasson Glamping Farm (Westmeath)

Glasson Glamping Farm

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Bring all the family to Glasson Glamping Farm for a fun farm break in Westmeath. Stay in the Big Green Bus or the Big Red Bus, converted double decker buses with flush loo, one double and 4 single beds plus central heated living area.

There are also pods and shepherd’s huts for 4 and the Lilac wagon, a converted horsebox. Guests can use the fully equipped Glamper’s kitchen which doubles up as a social party hub with open areas for dining in all weathers beneath the clear roof.

There are several shower/toilet rooms and a Games Barn with pool table.

2. Glamping Under The Stars (Laois)

Glamping Under The Stars

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Fun for all can be found at Glamping Under the Stars when you stay in the family-friendly site at Cullenagh in Laois. Explore the woods and waterfalls, toast marshmallows around the camp fire and sleep well in grass-roofed Hobbit Houses that sleep 6.

These homes include a picnic table and private bathroom. The site has a glamping kitchen and dining barn, glass-roof verandah, play area and communal campfire.

The area offers plenty to see and do nearby at Erno Court, Slieve Bloom Mountain, Castlecomer Open Farm and the Discovery Park.

3. Cong Glamping (Mayo)

Cong Glamping

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Welcome to Cong Glamping where families can enjoy a mountain break between Lough Mask and Lough Corrib. Stay in a luxury furnished bell tent which has a double and two single beds all made up ready when you arrive.

The 5m diameter tents have electricity and WiFi and use of the self-catering kitchen with fridge, freezer, microwave and more. There are showers and toilets, a dining room, mini cinema, laundry and play area.

Everything you need for a family holiday within easy reach of Westport, the Aran Islands and, of course, Cong.

4. Carrowmena Family Glamping Site (Derry)

Next up is one of the more adventerous places for family glamping Ireland has to offer – the brilliant Carrowmena! Located in Limavady, Carrowmena Family Glamping Site is a well appointed site with family-size pods, geodomes and bell tents to sleep up to 5 guests.

Each has a small kitchenette with dining area, microwave, kettle and fridge. There’s also an onsite glamper’s kitchen and communal shower block with toilets. 

There’s loads of activities to take part in here, from orienteering and zip lining to canoeing, kayaking, a climbing wall and much more.

5. River Valley Holiday Park (Wicklow)

River Valley Holiday Park

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River Valley Holiday Park is an award-winning resort for camping, glamping and self-catering in beautiful Wicklow. Kids will love the onsite Crazy Golf, Petting Zoo, pool tables, go karts, archery, tennis and remote control cars and boats as well as play areas.

There’s even a Kid’s Club! Family glamping accommodation includes treehouses for 6 with private toilet, a luxury Kukoo Hut for 4, Maxilodges and Microlodges all fully insulated.The amenity block includes toilets, showers and a camp kitchen.

This is one of the most popular places for family glamping Ireland has to offer for good reason!

6. Wildflower Glamping (Cavan)

Wildflower glamping cavan

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Located in scenic Cavan near Killykeen Forest Park, Wildflower Glamping is set on a hilltop with stunning countryside views. Good toilets (not always a given!), your own private kitchen shed, camp fire and all-weather look out room make this a great choice for families.

Stay in a huge 5m diameter yurt for 4 with deck, kitchen and woodburner stove or opt for a bell tent, caravan or wagon. They all offer comfy beds with mattresses, rugs or carpet and family-friendly accommodation that’s definitely a step above camping.

7. Inch Hideaway Eco Glamping (Cork)

Inch Hideaway Eco Glamping

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And last but by no means least in our guide to the best places to go glamping in Ireland is Inch Hideaway Eco Camping, where has a choice of yurts and bell tents that comfortably sleep 4-8 guests. All have a sitting area, dining table and fully equipped kitchen with fridge, oven, toaster and stovetop as well as an outdoor BBQ.

There’s a communal garden and lounge for socialising with other guests. We particularly love the fully equipped Wanderly Wagon, a double decker bus in its former life which will thrill children of all ages.

Glamping Ireland: Where have we missed?

I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some brilliant places to go glamping in Ireland from the guide above.

If you have a place that you’d like to recommend, let me know in the comments below and I’ll check it out!

FAQs about the best glamping Ireland has to offer

We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘What’s the best romantic glamping with a hot tub in Ireland?’ to ‘Which is best for families?’.

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.

Where are the most unique and unusual glamping pods in Ireland?

Aran Camping, Rossharbour Resort and Glenarm Castle Glamping are home to some very quirky glamping pods.

Where does the best luxury glamping in Ireland?

If you’re in search of luxury and romantic glamping in Ireland, check out the Hideaway at Dromquinna Manor and Killarney Glamping.

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Donncha Clair

Monday 11th of April 2022

Hi Gillian we opened a glamping site last July just outside Lahinch, Co. Clare. Perfect for families, couples or solo travelers! If you're ever in the area give us a shout!! www.castledarcyglamping.com

Clíona Corrigan

Saturday 2nd of April 2022

There is a nice Eco camping spot in Kilkee called Purecamping

Matt Corbett

Sunday 30th of January 2022

Purecamping in Querrin in West Clare is a gorgeous eco-camping site.

Kathleen

Wednesday 26th of January 2022

Hello Gillian,

Let’s Go Hydro, in Belfast, has amazing glamping, and so much more! https://letsgohydro.com/

Ollie Gibson

Monday 27th of December 2021

Hi Keith. My name is Ollie Gibson. I love what you’ve done too promote glamping in Ireland. I have just completed what I think will blow them all out of the water. It’s a 35ft yellow submarine. It started out as an old free fall lifeboat and over the past 8ths has been transformed into a yellow submarine that will sleep 6 people. Also our glamping pod will be featuring on the new series of George Clarkes amazing spaces in January. We are the first ever Irish project to make the series in the 10yrs it been running. So if your interested in featuring it on your site then please call me at 0860835748. You can watch the program in a couple of weeks and contact me then if u like. I cant reveal to much untill after it airs. Also you can follow me on instagram #olliegibson. Thanks Keith and best of luck. Regards Ollie

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