Does camping conjure up thoughts of leaky tents, cold ground sheets and dampened spirits? Then think again – whether it’s a couple’s retreat, weekend away with friends or a family get-together – glamorous camping or ‘glamping’ in Northern Ireland is a must for your staycation, especially into the autumn season.
From tepees, yurts and camping pods, to camper vans, barns and everything in between, there’s a truly unique way to embrace Northern Ireland’s giant spirit and enjoy some epic fun without the epic trek.
With lockdown measures easing, self-catering, campsites and caravan parks were given the green light to reopen on Friday June 26. Many are now open for business while others have identified a date for reopening in the coming weeks.
Discover NI has shared some exciting options for a glamping staycation in the great outdoors with all the comforts of home. Summer availabilities are filling up fast. Don’t forget to check out availabilities in autumn.
Pebble Pods, Strangford
- Nestled away on private, tranquil shores of Strangford Lough, Pebble Pods is Northern Ireland’s latest luxury pod camping experience. There are three luxurious and cosy eco-friendly glamping pods, Trasnagh, Braddock & Drummond which accommodate two people with amenities such as kitchette, private hot-tub, thermal sauna, firepit and BBQ area and free Wifi. Not to mention free bicycles and kayaking to explore Strangford Lough.
Pebble Pods reopened on June 26th at £130 per night per pod. No minimum night stay applies and is an adults-only resort.
Fairy River Glamping, Attical, Newry
- Fairy River Glamping is a new unique development based in the heart of the Mourne Mountain Range. The name is a nod to the presence of two fairy trees on the land. Situated at the base of Slieve Muck Mountain, Fairy River Boasts two luxury underground cottages neatly tucked beneath an active farm at a river’s edge. Each cottage has two bedrooms (both with en-suite), a kitchen, dining and living area along with a wood burning stove. Outside you can expect a private garden with natural stone picnic and bistro tables as well as your own private lane access to the mountain range.
Fairy River Glamping reopened on June 26th with prices from £155 – £185 per night (£155 Sunday to Thursday & £185 for a Friday or Saturday) If you book a two-night stay then prices drop to £130 & £160 respectively.
Pine Tree Hollow, Castlewellan
- In a secluded rural setting bordered by a rim of 100 year-old Scots pine trees in Leitrim, Pine Tree Hollow Glamping provides three unique cabins with nature, heritage, wildlife, and excellent local tourist facilities all on your doorstep. This is the perfect base for exploring the stunning Mourne/Slieve Croob area and the towns of Newcastle and Castlewellan.
Pine Tree Hollow reopened on June 26th with prices starting from £75 per night per cabin. Two cabins sleep maximum five people and the yurt sleeps a maximum of seven people.
Let’s Go Hydro, Belfast
- Let’s Go Hydro is an exciting water sports and alternative accommodation resort at Knockbracken Reservoir, a former Industrial Heritage site. The site has been developed into an international watersports mecca and features Northern Ireland’s only cable wake park. The centre boasts a Glampsite for 40 overnight pods, a Floating Lake Pod, Luxury Boat House, Safari Tent and Luxury Tent. Families can enjoy the on-site inflatable floating obstacle course, a Canoe Polo Park, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, a Leisure Beach, Lido and all only 20 minutes from Belfast city.
Let’s Go Hydro accommodation reopened on July 1st with prices starting from £60 for the pods and £100 for the Tree Garden. There is a £5 charge per dog per night.
Larchfield Estate, Lisburn
- Experience something extraordinary, taking glamping to completely new heights with a lovingly restored and rejuvenated Swiss Army Truck. Complete with log burning stove, sun deck and sauna, the affectionately named glamping truck ‘Myrtle’ is an experience like no other; the perfect romantic getaway for two.
Larchfield Estate glamping reopened on June 26th with prices starting from £235 per night including private sauna and breakfast.
- At Rossharbour you can enjoy glamping at Luxury Lakeside Lodges, Lakeside Glamping Cabins and Luxury Riverside Lodges all sleeping up to four people. Guests can enjoy an outdoor hot tub or sauna, or the wonderful views across Lough Erne with the pleasure of your own private sandy beach with access to the lake. Why not enjoy a spot of fishing or boating activities (private jetty and slipway)? There are several picnic and patio areas with barbecue facilities. Bicycles also available for hire.
Rossharbour reopened on June 26th with prices starting from £95 per night for the cabins and £170 per night for the Lakeside Lodges based on 2 people sharing for 2+ nights.
Mountain Sky Glamping, Dungiven
- Go Glamping in a luxury safari tent, on a picturesque farm, with fabulous views overlooking the Sperrin Mountains outside Derry. Most of the creature comforts you find at home can be found in the safari tents including fully equipped kitchen, flushing loo and comfy beds. A wood burning stove, comfy sofa and beds and campfires outside your tent allow you to share the evening with the stars, toasting marshmallows over the open fire and breathing in the country air.
Mountain Sky Glamping reopened on June 26th with prices starting from £99 per night (sleeping up to six people) and minimum three-night stay in July/August. Quote ‘Tourism NI’ on the website form if booking before the end of July and receive a complimentary bottle of wine on arrival.
Tepee Valley, Markethill
- A tepee for two, or a ‘festy tent’ for four, small yurts, log cabins, a shepherd’s hut and even a geodesic dome are just some of the fun options for you and the family to stay in at Tepee Valley in Co. Armagh. Each of them is carefully decorated with historical elements which complement the era in which they originated, such as the vintage china in the gypsy caravan and gorgeous roll top bath in Abram’s House. Not to mention views to the Cusher River and across to Slieve Gullion in the distance.
Tepee Valley Campsite reopened on June 26th with prices starting at £140 for a tepee, £160 for a log cabin, £140 for a gypsy caravan and £150 for the geodesic dome. Cost is for two nights and accommodation can hold two-five people depending on choice.
The Container B&B, Todds Leap Adventure Centre, Ballygawley
- Up to four people can 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 walk to the onsite restaurant, bar and loads of adrenaline inducing activities.
The Container B&B at Todds Leap will reopen on July 20th with prices starting from £50 per person sharing for one night’s B&B and £75 per person sharing for two nights B&B. All accompanying children get a rate of half price.