No tents to pitch, no bumpy groundsheets and no sleeping bags to unroll – glamping is ideal for those who want to camp out in nature and appreciate a little bit of luxury at the same time. Luckily, there are glamourous camping sites set in picturesque landscapes all over Northern Ireland. Here are just six to get you thinking.
Tepee Valley, County Armagh
Located in the secluded hills of the Orchard County, this glamping spot is quiet, peaceful and perfect for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Feel the call of the wild with a stay in a large deluxe yurt, get close-up and cosy in a two-person shepherd’s hut, or let the whole family enjoy a traditionally designed Native American tepee. With snug heating systems to keep you comfy and warm no matter the weather, there are glamping options here for any occasion.
Mountain Sky Glamping, County Londonderry
Situated on a working farm overlooking the Sperrin Mountains, the two fabulous wooden-floored safari tents here are comfy, cosy and spacious. Sleeping six, there is a master bedroom with king-size bed, a bunk second bedroom and a quirky ‘sleeping cupboard’ bed which is a favourite with children.
Other creature comforts include a wood-burning stove, comfy sofa, oil lamps and inside flushing loo. Each tent enjoys its own privacy, but are also placed perfectly for groups. There is a beautiful walking country and adventure activities to explore nearby.
Sperrin View Glamping, County Tyrone
Located in an area of outstanding beauty at the foothills of the Sperrins, these glamping pods allow you to lie in bed and gaze up at the stars in one of Northern Ireland’s best dark sky locations. Sleeping five, the pods are also only metres away from one of Ireland’s oldest heritage sites, the Beaghmore Stone Circles. Each pod comes fully equipped with its own kitchenette, shower and unique viewing window – perfect for budding astronomers or romantics who want to kick back, relax and stargaz.
Pine Tree Hollow Glamping, County Down
Enjoy a comfortable stay in one of three cosy wooden glamping cabins located in a secluded rural setting overlooking Slieve Croob and the Mourne Mountains. Choose from the quirky over-sized beehive, a replica cattle wagon or a 20-foot wide yurt, all sleeping five but each with unique styles inside and out, including private outdoor spaces. Enjoy the nature, heritage, wildlife at your doorstep, or return to the comfort after exploring the excellent local activities, including the nearby towns of Castlewellan and Newcastle.
Crom Castle Estate, County Fermanagh
Coming equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay, these stone-built pods look out over the waters of Lough Erne, which is just a short distance away. They are kitted out with all the essentials, including mini-fridge and microwave, two single beds and enough room for three children to stay on the floor (bring your own air beds) – and three of the five pods are dog-friendly. Roam the 2,000 acres of the beautiful Crom Estate, maintained by the National Trust, to your heart’s content.
Further Space, County Antrim
The perfect rural getaway along the Causeway Coastal Route, these cosy pods at Glenarm Castle have superb ocean views and all the comforts of home, including electric, running water and heating. Each pod features an expansive glazed entrance, coffee dock, shower room, and somewhere to sit and relax. Sleeping up to four, with a comfy double bed and hotel-quality bed-linen included, plus integrated bunkbeds tucked away that are ideal for tweens or teens. Wi-Fi comes as standard, as do slots to charge phones and laptop.
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