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Glamping Adventures in Northern Ireland

Posted on July 9, 2014 @ 5:35 PM in Adventure

Whether you’re looking for an action packed weekend with your mates or a short break away with the kids then Glamping in Northern Ireland is a must!

‘Glamping’ or glamorous camping combines all the fun of camping with some of the amenities of a home so you can enjoy the tranquility of the outdoors with the added bonus of staying dry. Give yourself more time to relax and enjoy the fantastic outdoor activities Northern Ireland has to offer. 

With lots of outdoor activity providers located beside the glamping sites you won’t have a chance to get bored. So whether you are looking to have some fun with your mates or spend some quality time with the kids then a glamping adventure break in Northern Ireland is the perfect choice.

Here are some of our top suggestions of glamping spots in Northern Ireland:

The Jungle NI

Glamping in Derry~Londonderry

Glamping Pods, JungleNI, Magherafelt

Ever wondered what it would be like to camp out in a Jungle?! Kick back, relax and enjoy the benefits of your very own Glamping pod and outdoor patio area equipped with a camp fire and picnic benches within the grounds of JungleNI. Each pod has access to its own BBQ area as well as having electric heating and is double glazed ensuring you are kept cosy no matter what the weather! These purpose built huts sleep up to 8 people. If you really want to ‘Glamp’ it up after a day of outdoor activities rolling downhill in the Zorbs or taking on the Jungle's High Ropes course unwind in the outdoor hot tub!

Camping Pods, Benone Tourist Complex

These custom made lodges are fully insulated and can sleep up to 6 people, with two sets of bunk beds, a single bed and an extra mattress. Also included is a kettle, heater, lighting and each lodge has its own picnic table. Just a short walk from the campsite is Benone Beach which hosts a number of action packed outdoor activities! How about taking a surf lesson or hiring a surf board from Long Line Surf School? You can also give Stand up Paddleboaring (SUP) a go with Long Line Water Trails

Glamping Northern Ireland

Camping Cocoon’s, Carrowmena

Enjoy staying in one of Carrowmena’s eco friendly ‘Camping Cocoons’ ideal for those looking to get away from it all. Located in the Binevanagh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty you can relax in the tranquillity of the outdoors afforded by this glamping spots location. Each Cocoon sleeps up to 6 people with discounts available for those taking part in the centres outdoor activities which include canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing and orienteering.

Glamping in Fermanagh

Trannish Island Bothy, Upper Lough Erne

Trannish Island is a great base for those on an adventure break following the Lough Erne Canoe Trail. With a cosy wood burning stove, camping platforms to sleep on, toilets and solar powered showers, the Bothy avoids the hassle of carrying and setting up tents. Only accessible by canoe you are definitely in for a wild experience and with the opportunity to book the Bothy for exclusive use you can even have the entire island to yourself – eat your heart out Richard Branson!

Situated just a paddle away is Ireland’s largest multi-activity centre; Share Discovery Village, where you can hire a range of canoes or kayaks to access the island or take part in one of their many exciting outdoor activities available throughout the year.

Trannish Island Bothy

Glamping in Strangford

Camping Pods, Castle Ward

These four eco friendly continental camping pods can be found tucked away in the stunning 820 acre demesne of Castle Ward. Offering standard and family camping these pods are ideal for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle. Just outside your doorstop you will have over 12km of off road cycling and walking trails to explore. This package includes: Bike hire so you can explore the trails and tour round some of the film locations for Game of Thrones. Alternatively you can book the pods separately and choose from a range of activities including canoeing, kayaking, archery and Sea Safari's from Clearsky Activity Centre based onsite. 

Castle Ward

Glamping in Co. Tyrone

The Container B&B, Todds Leap Activity Centre, Ballygawley

Todds Leap Activity Centre offers something a bit different for those on an adventure break to rest after an adrenaline filled day. Able to sleep up to four people spend the night in brightly coloured fully fitted shipping container dorms each kitted out with their own en-suite bathroom, fridge and tv to ensure you're not short of some home comforts. Also available onsite is The Tree House which offers a tranquil experience for small families or couples as well as Log Cabins overlooking the stunning landscape of Clogher Valley & its surrounding area.  All accommodation is just a short dander to the onsite resturant and bar and of course loads of adrenaline inducing activities including off-road driving, Ireland's highest zipline, body zorbing, Giant swing, Drop Zone, Clay Pigeon shooting and much much more!  

Todds Leap Glamping Northern Ireland

 

Glamping on the North Coast

There are lots of outdoor activities in this area.  Catch a wave with Troggs Surf School in Portrush, go kayaking along the coast with Simply Sea Kayak, take a leap from the cliffs coasteering with Xplore Outdoorstry scuba diving with Aquaholics .  All these activities and more take place just a short walk or drive from the popular campsites. For those keen to see this area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from a different angle book onto a sea safari with AquaholicsPortrush Sea Tours or Aquasports for a fantastic way to experience the fabulous coastline and iconic sights.

Causeway Coast

Camping Cabins & Geo Domes, Blair's Caravan Park, Portrush 

Sit out under the stars outside your very own camping cabin alternatively enjoy all the comforts of Ireland’s first Geo Dome! Both are able to accommodate a family of 5 the cabins are in an ideal location for those looking to explore all that the North Coast has to offer, from stunning beaches to cliff top walks this is the ideal short break holiday location in Northern Ireland.

Glamping in the Mourne Mountains 

Glamping Pods, East Coast Adventure Centre, Rostrevor, Co. Down

Just outside Rostrevor Village and only 4 miles from the Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails you'll find the perfect location for a spot of glamping with East Coast Adventure Centre.  Each pod sleeps up to 4 people (6 pods available on site) with toilets and showers on site so you can experience the outdoors with an added bit of luxury.  Wake up to fantastic mountain scenery before choosing your adventure for the day.  Hire Bikes and hit the trails or if you prefer watersports East Coast also offer banana boating, sailing, kayaking and pier jumping in nearby Warrenpoint on the shores of Carlingford Lough. 

Roadtrip in Style

Create your own adventure with Bunk Campers or Causeway Campers whose campervan rental service is ideal for couples, families and groups of friends looking for an action packed, enjoyable short break experience. Most vans come with fully functional heating, cooking facilities, iPod connectivity, and converted bed space and in some cases even shower and toilet facilities. 

With the freedom of four wheels to take you anywhere for an adventure check out our top tips for activities in the North Coast and Mournes where you can surf the waves on the many beautiful beaches, travel up mountainous rivers on a wet bouldering session, or take in the views whilst having a go rock climbing.

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So what are you waiting for?! Happy Glamping!
Jayne Woodrow
Jayne Woodrow  Marketing Officer & Active Clubs Coordinator for Walking

Jayne joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in March 2014. She oversees the marketing and communication on WalkNI, OutdoorNI and Walking in Your Community Project. Most recently she has been working with Parkrun Ireland & UK to introduce the 'Walk @ parkrun' initiative.

1 comment has been posted in reply to this article

Posted by edward jefferson on December 15, 2015 @ 8:32 AM

Of course, most can’t spend everyday camping but that doesn’t mean that you can’t keep up-to-date with the activity that you love so much!

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