Travelling through Ireland is a unique experience with our wild landscapes, intriguing people and valuable customs. When considering where to stay on your travels, you could go off the beaten track a little and consider some of the more interesting and unique accommodation on offer. Glamping in Ireland has never been more popular with warm yurts, bright pink retro VW’s and cosy tents popping up throughout the country to make your stay a little more varied and unique. It’s not just about the building though and rather where in nature these glamping sites are.
We look at some of these unique dwellings and what they have to offer.
Farmyard Lane Glamping – Killarney, Co Kerry
Perfectly situated in an orchard in Killarney, County Kerry, Farmyard Lane is run by husband and wife, Kieran and Laura Kennedy. This eco-friendly luxury glamping site is a stone’s throw away from the fabulous MacGillycuddy Reeks and Gap of Dunloe. The perfect spot to head out with your hiking boots and explore this part of the world. After a tiring day, these pods are the perfect place to retreat to with plenty of space, cosy throws, and a sofa bed with deluxe linen. Complete with a bathroom and kitchenette, you can’t go wrong with this unique experience and a complimentary breakfast basket with fresh eggs and honey.(Image from Farmyard Lane website.)
Rock Farm – Slane, Co. Meath
Rock Farm Slane is a luxury camping site set in a sprawling meadow surrounded by overlooking trees. The yurts and shepherds’ huts of Rock Farm are sheltered amid this ecotourism project offering an incredibly unique experience. If you were ever looking to camp along the River Boyne, then you need look no further than this boutique camping site. Sat on an organic farm on the Slane Castle estate, there is so much on offer in the area to explore in this natural heritage area. The yurts themselves are handmade to an excellent standard providing a warm, cosy and inviting space to relax as you become enveloped in nature. (Image from Rock Farm Slane website http://rockfarmslane.ie/).
Lough Mardal Lodge Glamping – Ballintra, Donegal
This skydome yurt is an amazing setting for the most relaxing and unique experience. Lough Mardal Lodge offers a unique experience as there is no electricity inside the yurt meaning it is a true escape from the white noise of life. Never fear, they offer a charging station for devices and a charging point for vehicles. This lakeside glamping lodge provides everything you need to relax, unwind and explore the Wild Atlantic Way. Run by Claire and Marcus, they delved into a slow living lifestyle when their twin girls were born and set up the lodge for visitors to accommodate disconnecting from a fast-paced lifestyle. Set 20 minutes outside of Donegal town, the landscape provides a secluded, dramatic and beautiful setting for your retreat. (Image from Lough Mardall Glamping website.)
Boyne Valley Glamping – Athboy, Co. Meath
The cuteness of the options at Boyne Valley Glamping is only surpassed by the little extras they offer such as a personally delivered breakfast basket every morning, free Wi-Fi, DVDs and a Chromecast for the those days you’d rather stay warm and cosy than explore the natural landscape outside your door. With a cabin, a chalet and a caravan on offer, you will probably have a hard time choosing which to stay in. The largest of the units is the cabin which is a self-contained luxurious building housing up to seven people. The chalet is an adorably cosy double room and finally, the renovated retro caravan is quite possibly the most popular option with its vintage charm. (Image from Boyne Valley Glamping website).
Mayo Glamping – Castlebar, Co. Mayo
For a truly unique experience try the an claddagh fairy hut at Mayo Glamping! There are a variety of interesting spaces available at this glamping site from hobbit huts, Nordic cabins and even a railway carriage. You are spoilt for choice for a quirky stay. With an outdoor fire pit, the experience is greater as you share laughs and songs with friends. There is even an outdoor wood fired hot tub and sauna. Mayo Glamping is perfectly situated just outside Castlebar town with easy access to a variety of things to do such as Down Patrick Head, Croagh Patrick, and the Great Western Greenway. (Image from Mayo Glamping website)