Glamping pods at Cushendall Caravan Park
Does camping conjure up thoughts of leaky tents, cold ground sheets and dampened spirits? Then think again - whether it’s a couples' retreat, weekend away with friends or a bigger family affair – glamorous camping or ‘Glamping’ in Northern Ireland is a must.
From tepees, yurts and camping pods, to camper vans, barns and everything in between, there’s a truly unique way to stay which combines the best of camping and the great outdoors, with the comforts of home. The locations and activities nearby are often as unique as the properties themselves.
A few ideas to get you started...
Grown-ups and kids alike will love this unique little place. Whether you're looking for some time away from the kids, or time with the kids, there's a diverse range of accommodation to suit everyone.
A tepee for two, or a 'festy tent' for four, leave everyday life behind for some quality together-time at Tepee Valley Campsite.
Mountain Sky Glamping
Beautifully embraced by the Sperrin Mountains just twenty minutes away from the vibrant city of Derry~Londonderry, you'll find Mountain Sky Glamping.
Here you can enjoy the great outdoors as well as a sense of farm life. The site is situated beside the working Ash Park Farm, and with animals grazing nearby, a true rural experience is just waiting for you at Mountain Sky Glamping.
Along the County Down coast, and tucked away in the depths of Castle Ward, you'll find four wooden glamping pods. Perfectly hidden from everyday life, the pods are heated and have lockable French doors, so you can enjoy your stay regardless of the weather!
Once suitably relaxed, get adverture flowing again with Clearsky Adventure. Located in the grounds of Castle Ward, the team offer a range of activties including canoeing on nearby Strangford Lough.
Glamping at Benone Tourist Complex
This family complex on the northern Causeway Coastal Route is just a short walk away from the sandy Blue Flag Benone beach, and close to the curious ruins of Downhill Demense.
The wooden lodges, which can sleep up to six people, are fully insulated and come with an electricity supply - just in case you can't bear the thought of a phone with no charge. Surrounded by mountain views and sea air, there's a lot to love at Benone Tourist Complex.
Kinnego Marina, Oxford Island
At the Oxford Island Nature Reserve in County Armagh, you'll find Kinnego Marina. Overlooking Lough Neagh, the marina is home to190 boats and is the largest on the lough.
The campsite also enjoys excellent views across the marina. The eco-friendly glamping pods sleep up to four adults and each has their own picnic table and barbeque ‘plate’. Find out more at Craigavon Activity.
Trannish Island Bothy
Trannish Island can be found on Upper Lough Erne in County Fermanagh. On this tranquil island lies a refurbished traditional dwelling, known as a bothy.
Facilities here are deliberately stripped back and more limited, and that's its appeal. What could be more relaxing than sitting by the cosy wood burning stove with a good book? Or if you prefer, just a paddle away is the Share Discovery Village where you can hire a range of canoes or kayaks to explore more of this watery county.
Spanning 2,000 acres, Crom Estate is a beautiful National Trust nature conservation site on the shores of Upper Lough Erne, County Fermanagh. Surrounded by islands and woodland, the demense is home to a variety of animals including wild deer, pine martens and red squirrels.
Make it your home for the weekend by staying in one of the glamping pods, kitted out with all the essentials including mini frige and microwave. The family pooch is welcome to stay too.
Make your outdoor activity adventure at The Jungle NI into a glamourous one with a stay in a luxury glamping pod. The wooden huts sleep up to 8 people and are double-glazed, secure and lockable.
After a day on the high ropes, zorbing or segwaying around the forest, head back to your pod and chill out by toasting marshmallows over the BBQ, or take a dip in one of the outdoor hot tubs.
East Coast Adventure Glamping
Go glamping at East Coast Adventure with the majestic Mourne Mountains as your backdrop. Close to the coastal town of Rostrevor and Carlingford Lough, the location is perfect for both relaxation and adventure.
Seek adventure by day. East Coast Adventure offers a range of fun activities including mountain biking, canoeing and archery. By night, seek the comfort of your cosy pod. Each one is waterproof and toasty warm.
Carrowmena Activity Centre
Carrowmena Activity Centre is found at the foot of Binevenagh, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and close to the town of Limavady.
The centre offers a wide variey of exciting outdoor activities and you can add to your experience by staying the night in one of the triangular eco-friendly glamping pods.
And if that's not glamorous enough, then take a look at the luxury solar powered bell tents - ideal for long summer nights.
If your idea of fun is to let the open road decide where you go, then check out Bunk Campers.
Hire a van and take a road trip along the Causeway Coastal Route or discover the unassuming Sperrin Mountains. And there's plenty of hireable extras too (including Wi-Fi!) to make your trip as comfortable as possible.
If you're stuck for ideas on where to explore, let the friendly folk at Bunk Campers suggest an itinerary for you.