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Glamping In Cork: 8 Best Glamping Sites In Cork

Known for diverse landscapes and stunning scenery, County Cork is a great location for glamping. Occupying Ireland’s southwestern part, this part of the Emerald Isle is slowly becoming a go-to place for glamping some of its unique locations. From the farm to the forest, to the garden of a historic house – here are the best glamping sites in Cork.

Glamping In Cork: 8 Best Glamping Sites In Cork

1. Chléire Haven, Skibbereen


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Chléire Haven is located in Cape Clear, eight miles off the south-west coast of County Cork. At three miles long and over one mile wide, this is Ireland’s southernmost Irish-speaking inhabited island. Therefore, this unique and fascinating locale provides an incredible setting for glamping in Cork. 

Chléire Haven is the ideal glamping spot for those looking for a quiet retreat. Overlooking Cape Clear’s south harbor, every yurt or teepee gets a piece of the island’s stunning scenery. Visitors can choose between a furnished yurt or a more modest teepee. Both are cozy and have access to a fire pit and barbecue, so this is still proper camping. 

When not relaxing in the yurt or teepee, visitors can enjoy activities like hiking, kayaking, or even snorkeling. It’s also a must to get to know the locals and learn some Irish by visiting pubs and tea rooms.

Amenities: solar-powered lighting,  hot wet-room showers, toilets, and washing-up area, phone/laptop charging area

Address: Cape Clear Island, Skibbereen, Co. Cork

Website: Chléire Haven

2. Glamping at Ballyvolane House, Cork


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Glamping at Ballyvolane House is for those who prefer a traditional yet stylish camp setting. The site is in the garden of an 18th-century Georgian house, in the northern countryside of Co. Cork. Within the lush gardens with well-maintained and tall trees, are accommodations perfect for a glamping holiday in Cork. 

The site has 4-meter and 5-meter bell tents that can hold a couple and a small family of four. These are furnished with a futon-style bed, nightstand, chairs, and coir carpet. There is also a more lavish Glamping Ark that’s fashioned after a pig ark, that’s ideal for couples. 

Those staying in tents and pig ark have access to a converted barn, which serves as a recreation area. However, the best way to experience the area is by strolling around the luxurious gardens, enjoying the scenery and a bit of wildlife.

Amenities: Access to the converted barn space for recreation and relaxation, large common kitchen, wash house with toilets and hot showers

Address: Ballyvolane House, Castlelyons, Co. Cork, P61 FP70

Website: Glamping at Ballyvolane House

3. Glamping Pod Shanagarry, Ballycotton

Within the Fota Wildlife Park is a glamping site that offers pods instead of tents. Located just 36 minutes from the city of Cork, this is an ideal spot for those who want to relax but still be able to see more of the nearby areas. 

Each glamping pod in the Shanagarry village of East Cork comes with all the essentials and more. There is a patio, a well-equipped kitchen, and a private bathroom on top of the usual bed and sitting area. 

Glampers who want to see more of Shanagarry can check out the many bars and pubs for some local beer and traditional Irish music. There is also a lighthouse in the area that is accessible via boat tours, and the pier is just a short walking distance away.

Amenities: Free wifi, free parking, garden and sun terrace, barbecue area

Address: Monagurra Monatray, Cork, Co.  Cork

4. Inch Hideaway Eco-Glamping, East Cork


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Situated along the Wild Atlantic Way and close to the popular Inch Beach, the Inch Hideaway is a sustainable option when glamping in Cork. Families and groups of friends would love the stylish yet cozy yurts. Each unit is equipped and furnished with essential creature comforts. 

The heating in each yurt comes from a wood-fired stove. Each yurt is elevated from the ground to protect glampers from the elements. Another cool thing about the yurts at Inch Hideaway is that each unit has its own private garden space, which is big enough to accommodate a tent. 

Pets are welcome at Inch Hideaway. Glampers can take their furry friends for walks to the nearby Inch Beach and White Bay.

Amenities: Free parking, shared garden/lounge, barbecue area

Address: Inch Hideaway, Glanturkin, Whitegate, Co. Cork, P25 ND37

Website: Inch Hideaway

5. Mountain Forge Escape, West Cork


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The homey atmosphere and its distinct location are just some of the reasons why Mountain Forge Escape is a must experience when glancing in Cork. It is located right at the starting point of the Wild Atlantic Way, in Ardfield village. This guarantees stunning views from every tent equipped Forge. 

The area has well-spaced tent pitches, as well as a designated place for campervans. Whether staying in a tent or van, glampers have access to shared facilities such as a fully-equipped kitchen, and shower and toilet facilities. 

Mountain Forge, a relatively new name when it comes to camping also has a new dome. This futuristic-looking pod offers luxury accommodations set amidst the dramatic scenery of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Amenities: Free parking, self-catering kitchen, shower, and toilets

Address: Mountain Common, Ardfield, Co. Cork, P85 XK19

Website: Mountain Forge Escape

6. The Botanical Bell Tent, Glengariff

A bell tent in the woods – that’s exactly the kind of accommodation that awaits glampers at The Botanical Bell Tent. Located in Glengariff on the stunning Beara Peninsula, this has to be one of the best glancing that Co. Cork has to offer. 

An ideal getaway for couples, the Botanical Bell Tent is furnished with a couch, a king bed, coir mats, and solar lighting. Glampers also have access to the terrace and the Garden of Re-imagination, which was inspired by Willy Wonka. Everything in this garden is edible, but instead of candies and chocolate, glampers will eat plants, flowers, fruits, and tubers.

Amenities: Free parking, campfire area, access to terrace and garden 

Address: Tooreen House, Tooreen, Glengarriff, Co. Cork

7. Tig Lammax Glamping Pod, Macroom


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Visitors who fancy a quiet glamping spot in the Cork countryside would love the cute pod and cozy campervan at Tig Lammax. Situated in the farm area of the pretty Macroom town, these glamping accommodations are well-furnished and spacious. Both have access to a toilet, shower, kitchen, and laundry area

It is located in Macroom town, home to the Gearagh nature reserve which is perfect for hiking. Close by is the Gougane Barra, the location of the Com Rua. bleak cliffs.

Amenities: Shared lounge area, self-catering kitchen, free parking

Address: Toames West, Tooms West, Co. Cork, P12 V343

Website: Tig Lammax

8. Top of the Rock Pod Pairc, Drimoleague


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Top of the Rock is hands down, the best Cork glamping site for families with kids. Offering a unique farm experience, kids and adults alike will enjoy petting the sheep, hens, and ducks.

Meanwhile, the surrounding area is ideal for biking and walking in between relaxing in the glamping pods. 

The site has a range of glamping pods that can accommodate couples out on a weekend getaway or families looking to spend quality time together. Each pod has a comfy bed, a pull-out couch, a mini kitchen, and heating. 

There is also an outdoor deck where glampers can take in the surrounding views during the day, or relax while stargazing at night. 

Amenities: shower and toilet block, self-catering Camper’s kitchen, children’s play area, games room

Address: Rockmount, Drimoleague, Co. Cork

Website: Top of the Rock Pod Pairc

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Sunday 29th of August 2021

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