Staycation: 7 gorgeous glamping spots for your Irish summer getaway
Just like camping, but glam.
That's the whole point after all, and seeing as you really shouldn't be travelling abroad this summer, why not treat yourself to a lovely little staycation instead?
Staying at home for the summer doesn't have to mean dropping a load of cash on generic hotels - there are an abundance of lovely little quirky spots across the country that are just gasping to have you stay in them.
We're talking cabins, yurts, pods, and teepees - all adorable, all quaint, all only a few hours drive away.
Sure, what are you waiting for?
1. Pebble Pods, Strangford, Co Down
Nestled away on private, tranquil shores of Strangford Lough, Pebble Pods is Northern Ireland's latest luxury pod camping experience.
There are three luxurious and cosy eco-friendly glamping pods, Trasnagh, Braddock & Drummond which accommodate two people with amenities such as kitchette, private hot-tub, thermal sauna, firepit and BBQ area and free WiFi.
Become one with nature, etc. You deserve
2. Killarney Glamping at The Grove, Co Killarney
Killarney Glamping provide couples with a truly unique, romantic holiday with emphasis on privacy and relaxation.
Offering couples only (oo-err) accommodation in Ireland's south west, a stay here ensures those seeking adventure will not compromise on comfort. With views of the Kerry Mountains you could easily forget Killarney Town and Killarney National Park are less than a mile from this romantic self-catering getaway.
3. Fairy River Glamping, Attical, Newry, Co Down
Fairy River Glamping is based in the heart of the Mourne Mountain Range. Its name is a nod to the presence of two fairy trees on the land, which is fairly adorable in its own right.
Fairy River Boasts two luxury underground cottages neatly tucked beneath an active farm at a river’s edge. Each cottage has two bedrooms (both with en-suite), a kitchen, dining & living area along with a wood burning stove.
Outside you can expect a private garden with natural stone picnic and bistro tables as well as your own private lane access to the mountain range.
Never a more glam glamping spot, truly.
4. Glendalough Glamping, Co Wicklow
5. Mountain Sky Glamping, Dungiven, Co Derry
Chill out in a luxury safari tent, on a picturesque farm, with fabulous views overlooking the Sperrin Mountains outside Derry.
Most of the creature comforts you find at home can be found in the safari tents including fully equipped kitchen, flushing loo and comfy beds. A wood burning stove, comfy sofa and beds and campfires outside your tent allow you to share the evening with the stars, toasting marshmallows over the open fire and breathing in the country air.
A glorious trip away for the nature-buzzed among us.
6. Wildflower Glamping, Co Cavan
WildFlower Glamping is Cavan’s hidden secret, nestled on top of a hill and overlooking the stunning countryside views.
Only four miles from Cavan Town, the site can be rented out individually or all together for a family gathering or get together.
7. The Container B&B, Todds Leap Adventure Centre, Ballygawley, Co Tyrone
Here, up to four people can spend the night in a brightly coloured, fully fitted shipping container dorm.
Each container is kitted out with their own en-suite bathroom, fridge and TV to ensure you're not short of home comforts. Also available onsite is The Tree House which offers a tranquil experience for smaller families as well as Log Cabins overlooking the stunning landscape of Clogher Valley.
Each of the glamping spots will of course be reopening to the public at different times through July and beyond, so before you make any mad plans, it'd be worth checking out each of their websites for updates.
And as always, travel safely.