Enjoy a classic camping holiday
Go camping in Wicklow and embrace a slower pace of life at Roundwood Caravan and Camping Park. Pitch your tent in the highest village in Ireland and set off on foot around the Wicklow Mountains National Park. Satisfy an empty stomach after a full day of exploring with a hearty meal in The Roundwood Inn; this cosy spot dates back to the 17th century.
Experience the best of both worlds in the Sunny South East with a seaside holiday and camping trip in one at The Trading Post Camper Park. Discover this scenic caravan park between two of Wexford’s best beaches, Morriscastle and Curracloe. Spend a day swimming in the sea and wash the sand away with a hot shower back at the campsite.
Visit Dublin and see a different side of the capital from North Beach Caravan Park in Rush. Watch the sun rise over the Irish Sea before meandering along the cliff paths on a gentle hike. Pick up a jar of homemade jam for breakfast at the local Skerries Mills Farmers Market, it’s open every Saturday in Skerries Mills. Keen golfers can’t leave without checking out Rush Golf Club - tee up on the nine hole course and admire stunning views of Lambay Island.
Enjoy evenings toasting marshmallows by the fire at Boyle’s Caravans and Camping Ground in west Donegal. Bed down in a comfy caravan or bring your tent and wake up to the sound of the sea. Look out for pods of dolphins and basking sharks when you go camping in the County of the Gaels. Campers can spot these magical creatures from Narin and Portnoo Beach, just a three-minute walk away from the campsite.
Hit refresh in a truly unique setting and pitch your tent at Valentia Island Caravan and Camping Park for an epic home holiday. Roam the rugged landscape where dinosaurs once walked, go for a swim in the sea and hop on a boat to Skellig Michael to explore one of Ireland's most famous landmarks.
Visit Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and spend a night at Beirne’s of Battlebridge iconic camping ground in Leitrim. Soak up the lively atmosphere at the gastropub once you’ve settled into your campsite or cast your fishing rod in the River Shannon and sit back as you wait for the perfect catch.
Pack your trunks, take yourself to Sligo’s stunning coastline and book a stay with Rosses Point Caravan Park. Surf the famous Atlantic waves or keep your eyes peeled for seals on a breathtaking Sligo Charters boat trip. With access to two beaches on either side of the caravan park, there’s lots of choice when it comes to activities on the water.
At the heart of a dairy farm, this classic caravan and camping park in Roscrea is all about tranquil living but you don’t have to go without your creature comforts like hot showers and a full camper kitchen. Hire a mobile home or curl up in your sleeping bag in a cosy tent at Streamstown Park. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see the cattle roaming around.
Camp in style on a glamping retreat
Tucked away on a hillside overlooking Lough Swilly, Portsalon Luxury Camping is a boutique campsite that brings the luxuries of a hotel to a gorgeous outdoor setting. Kick back and relax in a king size bed, keep warm by the wood burning stove, and look out at postcard views of the Fanad Peninsula while swinging in a hammock.
Rent a bike from the campsite and pop into Portsalon for a local meal or grab some fresh ingredients and master the on-site barbecue.
Ramblers head to the wilds of Donegal to discover all the walks near Wild Atlantic Camp. Choose to stay in a heated glamping pod, cosy bell tent or bring your own gear for an authentic camping experience in Donegal. With Glenveagh National Park and Ards Forest Park on your doorstep, this is a terrific place to use as a base for exploring.
There’s no finer way to go glamping as a couple than at The Grove in spectacular Killarney. Whisk your partner away to this couples only accommodation, wind down on the heated patio and cook a romantic meal for two in the private outdoor kitchen before sinking into a plush double bed.
Marvel at the vistas of West Cork from the Top of the Rock Pod Páirc in Drimoleague. Here you’ll find some of the best walking trails in the Rebel County. Enjoy 11km of walking on the nearby Castle Donovan Loop that makes up part of the larger Sheep’s Head Way, before calling it a day in one of the seven luxury pods dotted around the site.
Set sail on the ferry from Baltimore to Cape Clear Island and unwind at Chléire Haven. Spend the night in a bell tent or hire a tepee for a weekend away off the coast of Cork. With two pubs, a restaurant, and a craft shop, you’ll find everything you need on this island retreat. Spot flocks of seabirds from Cape Clear Bird Observatory and if you’re lucky, you might see whales, sunfish, and leatherback turtles.
Reminisce about childhood summers spent in the Gaeltacht and make a trip to Aran Islands Camping and Glamping on Inis Mór. Bask in the natural beauty of the land as you hike towards Dún Aonghasa, one of the most celebrated stone forts in Ireland, and end the day snuggled up in a glamping pod inspired by the island’s ancient stone huts. Camping in Galway is one of those experiences that just can’t be missed.
If you’ve ever wanted to stay in a yurt called Yurt Cobain, check out Willowbrook Glamping and Hideaways on the banks of the River Lung in rural Roscommon. With a selection of quirkily named yurts to pick from, including Yurty Ahern, you won’t find more entertaining accommodation. Plan a stay at Willowbrook and enjoy a long soak in a private hot tub.
Get back to nature in an eco-friendly hideaway
Take some time out and connect with nature at Rock Farm Slane. Set on a working farm along the banks of the River Boyne, hire an electric bike and venture into the Boyne Valley or paddle Ireland’s oldest canal in a traditional currach with Boyne Boats.
The parkland is a designated Special Area of Conservation where herons, egrets and cormorants live side by side. See hares hopping through rich green fields and enchanting woodland trails. After a day of adventure, cosy up in a shepherd’s hut for a pleasant night’s sleep.
Book a room with a view at the Nire Valley Eco Camp in Waterford. Set in a sprawling meadow, the wood cabins provide a perfect location for a digital detox. Take advantage of the Wi-Fi-free setting and switch off on a hike through the Comeragh Mountains or cycle the Waterford Greenway and bask in the beautiful scenery.
Journey to Galway for a getaway at Clifden Eco Camping and Caravanning Park. Perched on the Atlantic coast, enjoy panoramic seascape views from the private beach where bottlenose dolphins are a familiar sight.
As the first climate neutral campsite in Ireland, sustainability is at the heart of everything here so disposable barbecues and single use water bottles should be left at home in favour of environmentally friendly choices. Soak up stunning coastal views as you experience camping in Connemara.
A little piece of heaven on the Loop Head Peninsula, Purecamping is an idyllic place to recharge. Wake to the sounds of country life and find peace and quiet in the fairy tale woodland or book a restorative session in the rustic wooden barrel sauna. Pop into nearby Kilkee and spend a memorable day out on the Kilkee Cliffs. If the Irish summer isn’t playing its part, plan a visit to Kilkee Waterworld and splash in the pool.
Have a ball on a fun family trip
Make your way to Lough Key Caravan and Camping Park for an action-packed camping holiday with the whole family. Go on a magical journey through the treetops on Ireland’s first tree canopy walk in Lough Key Forest and Activity Park or hire a rowing boat and cruise around the islands of Lough Key at your leisure. Spend some time in the woodland park and later, set up your tent or get comfortable in your caravan.
In Rathdrum, Hidden Valley Holiday Park is a great choice for a family break with activities to keep everyone entertained. Choose from kayaking, rock climbing, bungee trampolines, laser tag, bingo, and bumper boats. A short walk from all the action, grab a glamping lodge suitable for all the family or find a spot by the lake in the caravan and camping park. Treat the kids to a visit to Clara Lara Fun Park for a day of water adventures.
Hit the road in your motorhome and prepare yourself for an amazing weekend in The Déise at Dunmore East Holiday Resort. Stretch your legs on the Woodland Trail or take on the exhilarating Wipeout course at Dunmore East Adventure Centre’s incredible aquapark, just make sure to book in advance. The much loved village of Dunmore East has wonderful pubs and restaurants for holidaymakers looking for a great meal out.
Make special memories on a fantastic family trip to Nore Valley Park. Have some time out while the children feed animals at the pet farm or let them run wild in the playground. Later, test your need for speed on the go kart track open to kids big and small. Enjoy camping in Kilkenny or rent one of the motorhomes on the Nore Valley campsite, and make sure to stock up your picnic basket at the on-site shop.
Discover unique camping getaways
Set up camp somewhere new every night and stay in a colourful caravan pulled by a friendly horse for a truly unique holiday experience with Clissmann Horse Caravans. Venture around the Wicklow countryside with your trusty steed and reconnect with nature on a camping trip that you’ll never forget. Don’t worry if you haven’t handled a horse before as the owners provide you with training before setting off.
Swing through the air on a high ropes adventure at the International Outdoor Adventure Centre a short drive from Rosslare. Thrill seekers revel in the choice of outdoor activities from archery and kayaking to raft building on the lake. When it’s time to rest, head to the campsite with its heated tents or if you’d prefer a little luxury, check into the glamping village with double beds and comfy duvets.
Experience the outdoors with all the luxury of home comforts at Cabu by the Lakes. Relax in a beautifully furnished lake house or a rustic log cabin on the shores of Lough Oughter. Explore the scenic surroundings of Killykeen Forest Park on a blissful retreat and in the evening, cook up a barbecue feast.
Take your camping experience to another level with a stay in a treehouse at Teapot Lane in Leitrim. Pretty wildflowers and mature trees grow all around so don’t forget your camera to capture this picturesque place. Visit nearby Mullaghmore Head and watch the waves crash into the shore before grabbing a meal at Eithna’s by the Sea.
Make it a romantic weekend for two at the adult only Lough Arrow Touring Park where a warm welcome is guaranteed. Wander the countryside and stroll around ancient monuments at Carrowkeel Megalithic Site, or pack a picnic and while away a sunny afternoon on the shores of Lough Arrow.
Head to Galway and discover Ireland’s first urban glamping village in the town of Portumna. Enclosed in a tree-lined bohemian landscape, Pod Umna is just a two-minute walk from the local shops, pubs and restaurants making it a great shout for an exciting weekend away. Hire a bike and spin around Portumna Castle and Gardens or chill out on the outdoor decking area and dine al fresco.
Whether you decide on a lavish weekend of glamping or prefer old school camping, it’s important to appreciate Ireland’s magnificent landscape and leave your campsite as you found it. See our Leave No Trace page for more information, and check out our guide to the best staycations in Ireland to find even more inspiration for your next getaway.