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 ‘Glamping’ in Northern Ireland is a must!
From tipees, 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:-
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 pods for you to enjoy. Choose between the standard or family pod 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: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/article-1356392980020
Ever fancied staying in a Jungle? Head down to the Jungle NI in Magherafelt 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
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
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
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Places To Visit
Beautiful 23 acre lakeshore site (learn to sail windsurf or canoe on site). There is a TV room, indoor and outdoor play areas, art and drama activities. Enjoy membership of Shares 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.
Carrowmena Activity Centre is set at the foot of Binevenagh along the Causeway Coastal Route in the beautiful Roe Valley just off the Lough Foyle.
We offer hostel accommodation and camping onsite with activities that include: archery, ...
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 which includes Mansion House, Tea Room, Shop, Barn Playroom,
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.
It is located outside the small town of ...