Glamping in Northern Ireland
Does camping conjure up thoughts of leaky tents, cold ground sheets and dampened spirits? Then think again - whether it’s a couples' retreat, weekend away with friends or a bigger family affair – glamorous camping or ‘Glamping’ in Northern Ireland is a must!
From tepees, yurts and camping pods, to camper vans, barns and everything in between, there’s a truly unique way to stay which combines the best of camping and the great outdoors, with the comforts of home. The locations and activities nearby are often as unique as the properties themselves.
A few ideas to get you started:
Mountain Sky Luxury Glamping
Mountain Sky Safari tents are located on Ash Park farm in the glorious Sperrin Mountains (designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) in the North West of Ireland where the views, not to mention the walks are simply breathtaking.
A stay in one of our fabulous tents offers all the charms of camping but with those cosy treats that make it a luxury experience. With a wooden floor, wood burning stove, comfy sofa and beds, oil lamps and an inside ‘flushing loo' you will feel very much at home. Yet for all its modern luxuries (duvets, pillows, oven) you will find there are enough traditions for those seeking the camping experience! Campfires outside your tent allow you to share the evening with the stars, toasting marshmallows over the open fire and inhaling the country air.
Find out more: www.mountainskyglamping.com
If you are looking for an alternative sleepover experience for your children, a 'back to basics' weekend or simply a retreat away from the daily grind then Tepee Valley Campsite is just for you. Located outside the small town of Markethill, Tepee Valley has exceptional views over farming countryside, down to the Cusher River and across to Slieve Gullion in the distance. Here, you will experience peace and quiet within a choice of either a traditional Native American Tepee, a choice of two yurts, a log cabin, dome or inside a perfectly furnished gypsy caravan - The Rosie Lee.
Enjoy the luxury of home, combined with some real stand-out experiences –stories and tasty soda bread around the camp fire.
Find out more: www.tepeevalleycampsite.co.uk
Tucked away in the stunning 820 acre demesne Castle Ward has four eco friendly continental camping cabins for you to enjoy. Choose between the standard or family cabins accommodating 2 adults and 1 child or 2 adults and 3 children respectively. With lockable French doors designed to cut down the noise of heavy rain, you can get a good nights sleep whatever the weather!
Located within the grounds of Castle Ward is Clearsky Adventure Centre where you can find everything you need to enjoy the miles of multipurpose trails including bike hire and canoe hire so exploring the Strangford Lough Canoe Trail won't be a problem.
Find out more: http://www.clearsky-adventure.com/facilities/glamping-northern-ireland/
Glamping at Benone Tourist Complex
Glamping at Benone is a fantastic way to experience and enjoy the outdoors, with mountain views and sea air. The lodges, complete with veranda and double lock-in, are fully insulated and capable of accommodating up to six people with two sets of bunk beds, a single bed and an
additional mattress. Also included is a kettle, heater, indoor and outdoor lighting and a picnic table. Showers and toilets are a short stroll away attached to the main complex building. A seasonal cafe which also sells farm produce, plus a golf gourse, are located within the complex.
Find out more: http://www.limavady.gov.uk/visiting/benone-tourist-complex/
Kinnego Marina, Oxford Island
Three eco-pods have been installed in the lovely surroundings of Kinnego Marina, within Oxford Island Nature Reserve, with easy access for walks, cycling and bird watching. The site is minutes from Junction 10 on the M1 motorway. Kinnego is the largest marina on Lough Neagh, the largest inland waterway in the British Isles. The pods have lighting, heating and facilities including a fridge and an electric kettle. One of the pods is equipped for disabled access and they have a wooden veranda with gravel-finished entrances that help keep the interior clean. All have their own picnic table and barbeque ‘plate’, and the whole facility is protected by a fence that will keep young children more secure. Inside they have long benches along three sides with cushions that double as mattresses and a separate table which can be turned around to form a full double bed, with room still for two adults to stretch out on the other two side benches.
The on-site café offers extremely good value, high quality food and is set on the actual marina, allowing al fresco dining. £40 per night. Suitable for 4 adults or 2 adults with 2 - 4 children. Unfortunately pets are not allowed.
Find out more: www.facebook.com/kinnegomarina or tel (028) 3832 7573
Two glamping pods have been opened at Crom, a beautiful National Trust nature conservation site on the shores of Upper Lough Erne, County Fermanagh. These are situated beside the visitors’ centre and close to the campsite. The pods are £45 per night and can accommodate families of two adults and up to three children with two single beds and plenty of floor space. They are equipped with lighting, heat, kettle, microwave, electric points and table and chairs. One of the pods is dog friendly.
Find out more: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/crom/
Ever fancied staying in a Jungle? Head down to the Jungle NI near Moneymore, at the foot of the Sperrin Mountains, and you can stay in one of their Jungle huts without having to worry about poisonous snakes or deadly spiders! Set in the heart of their tranquil forest these purpose built huts sleep up to 8 people and are double-glazed, secure and lockable, so you are guaranteed to be cosy and warm whatever the weather. If you really want to glamp it up after a day of outdoor activities then you can relax and unwind in their outdoor hotubs!
Whilst staying at The Jungle NI you are guaranteed not to be bored. Separate your friends from your enemies with a paintball session – just don’t forget who you’re sharing a hut with! Release your inner tarzan or Jane on their tree top adventure course, get down and dirty on an off road Segway or hurtle down a hill at high speeds in their zorbing balls.
Find out more: www.thejungleni.com
East Coast Adventure Glamping
East Coast Adventure Glamping is located in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains, within six miles of the picturesque village of Rostrevor and close to the spectacularly beautiful Carlingford Lough. Whether you are looking for a quiet, peaceful retreat or something more adventurous the beautiful setting of the camping pods makes for an ideal break. Take the family for a night away, relax and enjoy all the fun of camping but with the added comfort that Glamping brings!
Each pod sleeps up to four people. They are waterproof, cosy and are available all year round. Whatever the time of year, we can assure you, your pod will be toasty and ready for you to enjoy your stay with us.
£60 per night, ideally located as a walking, hiking or mountain bike base for your holiday and transfer to Rostrevor MTB Trails during peak seasons.
Find out more: http://eastcoastadventure.com/book-on-line/
Carrowmena Activity Centre
Carrowmena Activity Centre has recently welcomed two new eco-friendly camping cocoons to their site in the Binevenagh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With room for up to 6 people and picnic tables for that al fresco dining experience this is a great way to enjoy the outdoors in style. Facilities onsite also include a BBQ and camp fire – just because you’re not in a tent doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the toasted marshallows!
Carrowmena activity centre offers a variety of land and water activities so you won’t have to stray too far to find an adventure! Have a go at archery, scale their climbing tower, zoom down the zipline or take to the water for a spot of canoe or kayaking.
Find out more: www.carrowmena.co.uk/glamping-at-carrowmena
Trannish Island Bothy
Trannish Island is a large island on Upper Lough Erne which is a great base to start from on a short mini adventure break around Upper Lough Erne. The island has an old stone cottage that has recently been totally revamped. With a cosy wood burning stove, toilets, showers and camping platforms to sleep on, this is definitely a bit more luxurious than your average camp site. This haven produces a relaxing atmosphere away from other distractions to read a good book, practice photography or develop a work of art or you can use it as a stopover point to BBQ and enjoy a few beers after a hard days paddling when exploring the Lough Erne Canoe Trail. Situated just a paddle away is Ireland’s largest multi-activity centre; Share Discovery Village , where you can hire a range of canoes or kayaks to access the island or take part in one of their many exciting outdoor activities available throughout the year.
Find out more: www.sharevillage.org/caravan-and-camp-site/trannish-island-bothy
Causeway Coast Wigwams
Causeway Coast Wigwams, on the stunning North Antrim Coast, offer a refreshing alternative to a camping holiday while still giving the feeling of being one with nature and at a price you can afford.
Find out more: www.causewaycoastwigwams.co.uk
Drumhoney Holiday Park
The park nestles in the heart of County Fermanagh's main tourist area, in a quiet countryside setting with commanding panoramic views of the surrounding hills and mountains. The park acts as an ideal location to explore the Fermanagh Lakeland's and its beautiful surroundings. We are highly renowned for the family friendly atmosphere that our park provides.
Our Camping Pods are the ideal way to enjoy all the fun of camping without the stress. Our warm fully insulated pods sleep up to a family of six and come equipped with heater, Freeview TV and picnic table. Online booking and discounts available.
Find out more: www.drumhoneyholidaypark.com/campingpods.html
Drumaheglis Marina Caravan Park
Situated on the picturesque Lower Bann, just 4 miles from Ballymoney, the award winning Drumaheglis Marina and Caravan Park offers the perfect riverside location for campers, caravanners and water enthusiasts. This 5 star site has recently seen the addition of 5 camping cabins, each complete with fridge, kettle, heater and picnic table, providing the ideal base for exploring the famous Causeway Coast. Find out more https://ballymoney.campstead.com/CheckAvailability.asp
If you can’t decide where to go then why not hire a campervan and create your own adventure? Bunk campers provide campervan rental for families, couples and groups of friends looking for an action packed, enjoyable short break experience. There are a range of campervans which come with fully functional heating, cooking facilities, iPod connectivity, converted bed space and in some cases even shower and toilet facilities.
Find out more: www.bunkcampers.com.
Read our Glamping and Activities blog for more ideas.
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Places To Visit
Set on the shores of Upper Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, Crom is one of Ireland's most important nature conservation areas.
Beautiful 23 acre lake shore site (learn to sail wind surf or canoe on site). There is a TV room, indoor and outdoor play areas, art and drama activities. Enjoy membership of Share's Leisure club for duration of stay with indoor swimming pool.
Bunk Campers are Ireland’s largest Campervan Rental Company with depots located close to Belfast & Dublin airports.
The Jungle NI is an innovative and award-winning outdoor adventure provider.
Set at the foot of Binevenagh along the Causeway Coastal route.
Come and try Canoeing, Raft Building, High Ropes Activities, Climbing Wall, Zip Line, Archery, Maize Maze and much more in a magnificent setting!
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Situated ½ mile from Strangford village, 7 miles from Downpatrick on the road to Strangford. Entrance signposted from Downpatrick.
The Park is situated on an 840 acre National Trust Estate.
If you are looking for an alternative sleepover experience for your children, a 'back to basics' weekend or simply a retreat away from the daily grind then Tepee Valley Campsite is just for you.