Action packed family glamping in Northern Ireland
Blogs, Family, Accommodation
Published February 23, 2017
“Are we nearly there yet?” A phrase that instils fear in parents all over the country. The good news is there’s no need to travel long distances to escape with the kids. Why not think closer to home and book a glamping holiday in Northern Ireland? With so many fantastic locations on our doorstep, all with action packed activities onsite, make hours in the car a thing of the past with our choice of glamping short breaks.
Staying in a wooden glamping pod
Benone Tourist Complex, Limavady, Co. Derry~Londonderry
These custom made lodges at Benone Tourist Complex 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 Paddleboarding (SUP) a go with Long Line Water Trails, paddling down the River Roe with the mighty Binevenagh Mountains your backdrop.
The Container B&B, Todds Leap Adventure Centre, Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone
Able to sleep up to four people, spend the night in a brightly coloured, fully fitted shipping container dorm, at the Container B&B at Todds Leap Adventure Centre.
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.
All accommodation is just a short dander to the onsite restaurant, bar and loads of adrenaline inducing activities including off-road driving (suitable for ages 8 and up, no drivers licence is required), Ireland's highest zipline, body zorbing, Giant swing, Drop Zone, Clay Pigeon shooting and much, much more!
Trannish Island Bothy, Lough Erne, County Fermanagh
Trannish Island is a large island on Upper Lough Erne which is a great base to start a short mini adventure break around Upper Lough Erne. The island has an old stone cottage that has been totally revamped with a cosy wood burning stove, toilets, showers and camping platforms to sleep on; this is definitely a bit more luxurious than your average camp site.
Mum and Dad can light up the BBQ while the kids go on a fossil hunt, collect wood for a fire or explore the island underfoot.
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.
Carrowmena Activity Centre, Limavady, County Londonderry
With room for up to 6 people in each of their eco-friendly camping cocoons and picnic tables for al fresco dining, this is a great way to enjoy the outdoors in style at Carrowmena Activity Centre. Facilities onsite also include a BBQ and camp fire – just because you're not in a tent doesn't mean you have to miss out on the toasted marshmallows!
Carrowmena Activity Centre offers a variety of land and water activities so you won't have to stray too far to find an adventure! Have a go at archery, scale their climbing tower, zoom down the zipline or take to the water for a spot of canoe or kayaking.
Castle Ward, Strangford, County Down
Tucked away in the stunning 820 acre demesne, Castle Ward has four eco friendly continental camping pods that can accommodate either 2 adults and 1 child or 2 adults and 3 children. Safely tucked away from any roads you'll find scenic picnic spots and BBQ areas, a choice of coffee shops and wi-fi zones, children's adventure playground areas, scenic walks and family friendly bike trails.
Located within the grounds of Castle Ward is Clearsky Adventure Centre, where you can find everything you need to enjoy the miles of multi-purpose trails including bike hire and canoe hire.
Take advantage of their family pod camping adventure package for an affordable weekend away including bike hire, archery and canoeing or for something different hop aboard their sea safari to explore Strangford Lough.
The Jungle NI Glamping Pods, Moneymore, Co. Derry~Londonderry
Kick back, relax and enjoy the benefits of your very own glamping pod and outdoor patio area equipped with a camp fire, BBQ area and picnic benches at The Jungle NI. Each pod sleeps up to 8 people, has electric heating and is double glazed ensuring you are kept cosy no matter what the weather.
Take on the Tarzan Tree Top high ropes course with over 40 elements suspended up to 30ft above the forest floor, whilst the little ones take on the equally exciting, but more child friendly, Mowgli version for the course. Zoom through the forest on segways, roll down the hill in a zorbing ball or take aim on an archery session – these are just some of the exciting activities you could all be getting up to.
East Coast Adventure, Rostrevor, Co. Down
Each pod at East Coast Adventure sleeps up to 4 people (6 pods available on site) with toilets and showers 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. The dog can even come too so no one in the family has to get left behind.
Hire bikes from East Coast Adventure and hit the Rostrevor or Castlewellan mountain bike 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. The Mourne Mountains will also be on your doorstep offering great opportunities for hill walking, abseiling and bouldering.
Glamping Short Breaks
Inspired to book a glamping break? Why not visit Discover Northern Ireland – for some great family fun activities in Northern Ireland.
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