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17 Of The Funkiest Places To Go Glamping On The Wild Atlantic Way

17 Of The Funkiest Places To Go Glamping On The Wild Atlantic Way

Hoooowaya! If you read our guide to unique places to go glamping in Ireland, you’ll know that there’s no shortage of quirky Irish glampsites.

From tents in the mountains and huts by the sea to hobbit pods and plenty more, Ireland’s home to many an unusual glampsite!

In the guide below, you’ll find a handful of the funkiest places to go glamping on the Wild Atlantic Way!

A quick note: A lot of accommodation in Ireland is booked up for the summer, so make sure that you check availability before you start planning your trip. 

1. Belmullet Coastguard Station (Mayo)

Belmullet Glamping

This place looks incredible.

Welcome to Belmullet Coastguard Station Glamping, a place that’s perfect for those in search of a glampsite that’s surrounded by magnificent scenery.

This glampsite is set in the heart of Erris, in County Mayo, on Claggan Island where it overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and Achill.

The pods here sleep up to 4 adults in a light and airy space with comfy couches, a private toilet and an outdoor space that’s perfect for kicking back and admiring sunsets.

glamping in Belmullet

2. A Bell Tent in the woods (Cork)

glamping in Ireland in the woods

I really like the look of this place.

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in a bit of nature, then where better than in Glengariff in Cork on the magnificent Beara Peninsula.

Those that visit this glampsite will follow a track to their own forest clearing where a king-size bed awaits in a roomy bell tent that comes equipped with coir mats and solar lighting.

An ideal spot for romantic glamping in Ireland, couples can explore the Garden of Re-imagination and spend the evening chatting around a roaring fire pit.

Check prices + see more photos here

3. The insanely cosy Doolin Glamping (Clare)

doolin glamping

Welcome to Dooling Glamping. This place looks ridiculously cosy!

Those that spend a night at Doolin Glamping have their pick of a vintage retro caravan, authentic Indian Tipi, luxury bell tents or a surprisingly spacious Mongolian yurt which can sleep up to six guests.

Whether you’re looking for family glamping in Ireland or a romantic weekend getaway, Doolin Glamping offers a unique experience that includes:

  • Orthopedic mattresses
  • Luxury bedding and towels
  • Electric stove fires
  • A communal fire pit
  • Free Wi-Fi in a charming seaside community.

You can book a night at Doolin Glamping here.

glamping in doolin

4. Killarney Glamping at Grove Lane (Kerry)

glamping in killarney

Killarney Glamping at the Grove is a couples-only retreat that’s less than a mile from the buzzy town of Killarney.

If chilling outside beneath a toasty heater, nursing a beer, and cooking up a storm on a sheltered BBQ tickles your fancy, then you’ll love this place.

Each glamping unit comes with a deluxe double bed, an electric blanket, a private toilet, a gas stove and lots more.

Fancy seeing more? Here’s a guide to Killarney Glamping at the Grove you can dive into.

killarney glamping

5. Aran Islands Glamping (Galway)

Aran Islands Glamping

If you fancy spending a night by the sea (literally) then get yourself to Aran Islands Glamping and Camping.

You’ll find this Irish glampsite on the island of Inis Mor, the largest of the 3 Aran Islands.

Imagine peeling yourself out of bed before the sun rears its head, brewing up a coffee, and sauntering a few feet to the sand to sip it as you watch the sunrise. Magic.

the view from outside your door

6. Ballyvolane House, Cork

We’re heading back to Cork next for some more cosy-ass tents (whack the play button above to watch a video of this place).

Set in the grounds of historic Ballyvolane House, glampers can look forward to eco-friendly mattresses, coir rugs, and a tea-light chandelier in luxury glamping yurts.

There’s even a turn-down service and full Irish breakfast served in the main house.

Popular for salmon fishing and game shooting, Ballyvolane House is another worthy addition to your to-kip-there list.

ballyvolane glamping in cork

7. Dromquinna Manor (Kerry)

the hideaway glamping

Dromquinna Manor is home to one of the most expensive and luxurious places to go glamping in Ireland.

You’ll find the place pictured above on a 40-acre waterside estate near Kenmare Bay on the Ring of Kerry.

If you’re comfortable enough with forking out €400+ for a night in a very unique setting, then bang this onto your to-kip-there list for 2020.

Fancy seeing more? Here’s a guide to Dromquinna Manor Glamping you can dive into.

Dromquinna Manor glamping

8. Podumna Village (Galway)

gamping galway pudumna

If you prefer kicking-back in the security of an urban setting but want to try your hand at glamping, Podumna Glamping in Galway offers the best of both worlds.

Glamping pods, shepherd’s huts, and cabins are arranged in a woodland community with an onsite kitchen, dining room, toilets, hot showers, playroom, drying room, and workshop.

It’s a stone’s throw from Portumna Town where you’ll find a castle, an abbey, a fine forest park and a great choice of local shops, pubs, and restaurants if you’re after some lively atmosphere in the evening.   

This is an ideal spot for those of you looking to head away with a group of friends or family, as there’s plenty of accommodation and several communal spaces.

9. A Little Tipi in the Hills (Donegal)

Tipi in Donegal glamping

Another one for Donegal.

There are few glamping sites in Ireland that are as immersed in scenery as this little Tipi near Ballyshannon.

You’ll find the Tipi located in the beautiful forest of the Knader, where it’s surrounded by deep lakes, mysterious mountains and plenty of lush fields.

If you’re looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city living, get yourself here.

donegal yurt from afar

10. Glamping by the sea on Cape Clear Island (Cork)

chlere haven glamping Ireland

If you fancy escaping to Ireland’s southernmost Irish speaking island for a night or two, then get yourself to Chleire Haven on Cape Clear Island.

You’ll need to take a 45-minute ferry ride to get here, but when you arrive you’ll be treated to sea views along with seemingly endless tranquil natural scenery.

Those that visit can spend the night in a spacious circular yurt that’s furnished with double beds, solar-powered lighting, a stove and a mini kitchen.

Related read: Check out our guide to 41 of the best things to do in Cork this summer.

11. Top of the Rock Pod Park & Walking Centre (Cork)

glamping in cork

This is arguably one of the best places to go glamping in Ireland with kids.

Farm glamping is ideal for families and Top of the Rock has a range of standard and luxury glamping pods to choose from.

Walking, cycling and cross country walking can be enjoyed from your glamping pod which has comfortable beds, a toilet, a mini kitchen, a dining table, a pull-out sofa, heating, lighting, and an outdoor deck.

Kids will love to pet the sheep, hens and ducks along with the playground, maze, hayrides and trainee Farmhands Experience.

top of the rock glamping

12. South Kerry Glamping (…Kerry)

glamping in kerry

The biggest appeal that South Kerry glamping has, for me, is its proximity to Valentia Island – one of my favourite places in the world (25-minute drive away). 

You’ll find these pods in Cahersiveen, where they’re surrounded by the beautiful South Kerry countryside.

According to the host, your nearest neighbours are the Kerry Bog Ponies that he keeps on his farm. If you have kids, or if you’re an animal lover, this place should have you in your element.

A fine unique base for those of you looking to explore the gorgeous Skellig coast. Check prices or book a night at South Kerry Glamping.

inside the pod in kerry

13. Hobbit Pods on the Wild Atlantic Way (Mayo)

hobbit huts mayo

If you’re looking to dip your toe into glamping, but don’t fancy kipping in a tent, these hobbit huts in Mayo should tickle your fancy.

Built into the hillside, these quirky dwellings have a turf roof and proper beds that sleep four.

Ideal for walking and cycling holidays, this glamping site is a 5-minutes drive from the National Museum of Country Life and a stone’s throw from many other attractions on the Wild Atlantic Way.

This unique glampsite even has a hot tub, sauna, and bar! Fancy seeing more? Here’s a guide to Mayo’s Hobbit Pods you can dive into.

Hobbit hut in mayo

14. Portsalon Luxury Camping (Donegal)

glamping in donegal

Photo via Portsalon Luxury Camping

The chances are you’ve come across Portsalon Glamping before. 

Luxury glamping on Ireland’s dramatic coast can be enjoyed at Portsalon, where you’ll find yurt glamping with log burning stoves, king-sized beds, and cosy furnishings.

Work up an appetite for breakfast with a walk along the three-mile Blue Flag sandy beach nearby or explore the stunning grounds of Glenveagh National Park.

Fancy seeing more? Here’s a guide to Portsalon Glamping you can dive into.

the view from the yurt portsalon

15. Teapot Lane (Leitrim)

teepot lane glamping

You’ll find Teapot Lane glamping in a peaceful rural setting in County Leitrim.

This unique Irish glampsite offers a choice of glamping options, including spacious Mongolian yurts, a vintage caravan, Bluebell cottage, and a treehouse.

Visitors here can utilise a BBQ for cooking dinner and a campfire for toasting marshmallows late in the evening.

There’s also a communal kitchen, hot showers and a hen house for freshly laid eggs.

inside the bar area

16. More Hobbit Pods (Donegal)

hillpod in donegal

Some of the best glamping pods Ireland has to offer can be found in Donegal.

Built into the hillside, this romantic rural retreat for two provides snug accommodation complete with double bed and a fully equipped kitchenette.

Bilbo Baggins and the boys would be all over this place. Explore nearby glens, lakes and Slieve League, one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe.

Fancy seeing more? Here’s a guide to Donegal’s Hobbit Pods you can dive into.

hillpod donegal

See more unique accommodation in Ireland

House from the outside

In the where to stay section of our site, you’ll find a heap of different places to stay in Ireland that’s suitable for a group of friends.

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