An eco-conscious glamping stay somewhere on the island of Ireland could be your ultimate immersive experience in the natural environment.
A little bit of luxury in the wild, a true connection to the lush green Irish landscapes and amazing views of the starry night sky – here are six unique places on the island where you can combine it all.
Sperrinview Glamping, County Tyrone
This truly special glamping experience is located in a designated Dark Sky site in the foothills of the Sperrin Mountains. It’s only metres from the OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory and the ancient Beaghmore Stone Circles, and just 2km from Davagh Forest, a mountain-biking paradise. The glamping pods have all the creature comforts, including a kitchenette and shower room, but uniquely allow you to lie in bed and gaze at the stars via a viewing window.
Clifden Eco Camping, County Galway
Perfect for a semi-wild, stargazing camping adventure, this award-winning ecological park is nestled among sand dunes on the shores of the Wild Atlantic Way, close to the thriving town of Clifden and Connemara National Park. Unplug from civilisation and indulge in the pure relaxation nature has to offer here. Plus, there is much to do without getting into the car, including walking, cycling, scuba diving, kite surfing and boat fishing.
Teapot Lane Glamping, County Leitrim
Imagine relaxing on the balcony of your own treehouse watching the birds in their natural environment with a large mature tree coming up through the deck. Choose from the treehouse, three luxury camping domes or a country cottage at this welcoming campsite in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, where you are likely to spot foxes, badgers, wild deer, hares and many species of birds big and small. Hillwalking, horse riding, surfing, and a selection of cosy Irish pubs are all nearby.
Chléire Haven, Cape Clear Island, County Cork
A pretty special place for your holiday, this is the country’s most southerly Irish-speaking inhabited island, lying eight miles off the coast of West Cork. You can stay in a luxury yurt here, a stylish bell tent or even bring your own tent if you wish. Whether stargazing through the top clear circle of a yurt, sitting out on the decking on balmy evenings or chatting round the stove, the peace and tranquillity of the island’s natural environment and shimmering harbours will envelop you.
Finn Lough Resort, County Fermanagh
They say the switched-on come to switch off at these luxury ‘bubble’ domes located in a private forest in the expansive lakelands of Fermanagh. The ultimate in rooms with a view, the domes are transparent, allowing you to stargaze from the comfort of a four-poster bed. Featuring ensuite bathroom, Nespresso coffee machine, fluffy robe and daily breakfast, the domes are designed with the surroundings in mind, and sustainability plays an important part in the contents of each room.
Aran Islands Camping and Glamping, County Galway
There is no roughing it at this glamping site to be found on Inis Mór, the largest of the three Aran Islands in Galway Bay. Alongside everything you need for a comfortable stay, jaw-dropping landscapes, gorgeous sunsets and night skies, sweeping views and local traditions that go back thousands of years come as standard. The Aran Islands reflect Ireland as it used to be. For anyone looking for a place to sleep under the stars, it would be hard to think of a better location.
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