Carry on Glamping
Want a taste of the great outdoors without scrimping on home comforts? Why not consider glamping, the latest trend that combines outdoor living and luxury amenities?
A combination of glamour and camping, glamping lets you get back to nature while enjoying the extravagance of a hotel room. There are all manner of options available in Ireland, with locations ranging from secluded islands to music festivals.
Kinsale, West Cork
For the ideal romantic getaway, why not journey to the medieval town of Kinsale, west Cork, where a secluded Mongolian yurt awaits. The private glamping option is positioned a few metres above the sea and surrounded by decking, allowing stunning views across the harbour. Amenities include a wood-burning stove, which also warms the shower, bikes and a clay pizza oven (for an extra charge; they supply the ingredients). From €150-€200 for a two-night (minimum) stay. kinsaleglamping.com
Teapot Lane Luxury Camp, North Leitrim
Teapot Lane is a luxury eco retreat overlooked by Benbulben mountain. The five acres of woodlands houses two restored country cottages, as well as three yurts that challenge all preconceptions of camping. The handcrafted bell tents are fitted with king-size beds and dressed with exquisite bed linen and cushions, while a wood-burning stove will keep you warm. Activities such as fishing, surfing and canoeing can be organised, while massage and reflexology can be enjoyed on-site. Children will enjoy adventuring in the 'fairy garden'. From €160 for two nights.
Battlebridge Caravan and Camping Park, Leitrim Village
One of Ireland's best-loved caravan and camping parks, Battlebridge, has added glamping to its outdoor offerings, as seen on RTE's At Your Service. The spacious dome-style tents are decked out with luxury furnishings and festooned with twinkling lights. Additional features include a slipway for boating, children's playground, games room, full bathing and laundry facilities and traditional Irish pub on-site. Its position on the banks of the River Shannon allows for watersports. From €160 for two nights.
ChlEire Haven, Cork
For blissful seclusion, consider the glamping option at Chleire Haven on Cape Clear island (accessible by a 45-minute ferry trip from Baltimore). The campsite offers tipis and yurts, the latter boasting soft furnishings, large cushions, beanbags, real beds and log-burning stoves. Better still, there's a clear circle in the roof of the yurt allowing for night time star-gazing. Features include cookers, electric lighting and hot showers on site. Whale and dolphin watching, snorkelling, kayaking and fishing can be organised. From €150 for two nights. yurt-holidays-ireland.com
Glamping at Oxegen
The luxury campsite at Oxegen includes hot showers, fancy toilets and 24/7 security, while accommodation offered is serviced by outside companies. Options include bell tents by Festival VIPs, equipped with airbeds, carpet and electric lanterns. Alternatively, Tangerine Fields is offering ready-pitched tents and tipis for 2-8 people.
For a more structured unit, Podpads are snug little shed-like dwellings complete with raised aluminum beds; while Myhabs, made from recycled materials, come with lockers and king-size foam bedding. Remember to reserve a luxury camping space in advance. Prices vary. oxegen.ie
Glamping at Electric Picnic
The luxury campsite at Electric Picnic boasts hot showers, 'lovely loos' and a pamper parlour with hair dryers and straighteners. Again, the accommodation is provided by outside operators and options include Heathworks tipis: traditional tents with optional furnishings, and chalet-style FestiHuts. The star, however, is the Yurtel 'Belle', fitted with carpet, double air bed with headboard, duvet and cotton linen, clothes store, table and chairs, a bedside table and lamp. Finishing touches include flowers and chocolates, and there's even a plug socket for your mobile phone charger! electricpicnic.ie