27th Jul 2020
These summer glamping sites are the perfect family getaways, with outdoor activities, BBQs and gorgeous walking trails
During lockdown, we have been dreaming of a summer getaway.
Glamping is a great way for families and couples to reconnect and spend time outdoors in a safe and fun environment.
Many glamping sites have plenty of outdoor activities available as well as luxury lodging options, nearby nature trails and spectacular views.
Here are our favourite five glamping spots right now.
Killarney Glamping, Co Kerry (Reopening June 29)
Specifically tailored towards couples, Killarney Glamping has two accommodation options available: a Romantic Glamping Suite or Luxury Lodge. The spacious suite is sheltered under a cotton canvas and includes chic furniture, a stove, coir carpet, electricity and an en-suite toilet. The lodge is a bit bigger, with a king-sized bed and similar furnishings, plus a bathroom and mini kitchen.
Each lodging option has a private decked patio with views of the Killarney Mountains, and the Killarney National Park and city centre is less than a mile away. For those looking to tour the Ring of Kerry, it’s right on the way.
Burren Glamping, Co Clare (Reopening June 29)
Children will love staying at Burren Glamping, located on an eco-friendly farm in The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark. British saddleback pigs, named Bianca and Simone, are beloved residents as well as cows, chickens and donkeys.
Friendly owners, Eva and Stephen, converted their glamping truck into a comfortable accommodation with a wood-burning stove, electric shower, two double beds and a pull-out sofa bed. Try their grass-fed free range pork meats and eggs in the morning before exploring the Burren and Iron Age Tullagh Ringfort.
Dromquinna Manor, Co Kerry (Reopening July 3)
This popular wedding venue offers top tier glamping accommodation on a waterfront estate beside a stunning 1890s manor. Its luxury tents are safari-grade with king-sized beds, goose down duvets and private verandas. Plus, a breakfast picnic basket is delivered each morning.
Other stay options include the gorgeous potting sheds with private gardens and self-catering bolthole houses. Guests have plenty of activities to choose from; they can rent kayaks, boats and bikes as well as go scuba diving, horseback riding and golfing.
Finn Lough, Co Fermanagh (Reopening July 20)
This lakeside glamping site offers the best nighttime views. Along with waterside cottages, lodges and catered suites, they have bubble domes with 180 degree, clear walls, so you can fall asleep gazing at the stars. Each bubble dome has a spacious bed, ensuite bathroom, Nespresso machine, fluffy robes and daily breakfast.
The property’s true hero, however, has to be its spa with a saltwater float pool, sauna, aromatherapy cabin, bayside hot tub and fireside relaxation suite.
Ballyvolane House, Co Cork (Reopening July 20)
Ballyvolane House offers a proper camping experience for guests, who can choose to stay in one of their bell tents (4-metre for couples or 5-metre for families) or glamping arks (sleeps two). Guests are given a ‘glamping box’ with local treats, maps, a torch and head lamps upon arrival,
Minimal preparation is a great luxury here, as all meals, including a full Irish breakfast and afternoon tea, are provided in the main house. There is also an evening turn-down service and hair dryers available to use. It’s a gorgeous spot to explore and guests can fish in the nearby Cork Blackwater river.
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