Glamping In Donegal: 7 Best Glamping Sites In Donegal

County Donegal is known for its stunning castles, rugged coastlines, and lush mountains. It is along the Wild Atlantic Way and is home to some of the best destinations in this enchanting Irish trail. Over the years, County Donegal has also acquired a reputation for having some of the best and quirkiest glamping accommodations.

Glamping In Donegal: 7 Best Glamping Sites In Donegal

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Whether you fancy the Halfling life or want to live out a childhood dream of staying in a treehouse, there is a Donegal glamping place for you. Here’s a quick guide on what you expect when glamping in Donegal.

1. Tom Crean’s Eco Cabin

A log Cabin named after the great Irish explorer Tom Crean, this glamping accommodation is located right along the Wild Atlantic Way. This is the perfect getaway for those who want to be alone with nature. Surrounded by lush Meadows and close to a lake, Tom Crean’s Eco Cabin is a must experience when glamping in Donegal. 

A cabin and teepee hybrid structure, it is set right in the middle of grassy Kanda and flower fields. It has space for up to five people, with a small lounge and a loft sleeping area. The whole place is solar-powered, and a quick walking distance to the outhouse for the kitchen and bathroom.

Guests who love hiking can spend mornings or afternoons in the nearby forest. The area is free of sound and air pollution, perfect for enjoying starry nights by the lake. 

Amenities: Free parking on premises, dedicated workspace, hot shower

Address: Ballyshannon, County Donegal

2. Lough Mardal Lakeside Glamping, Donegal

A popular destination for glamping in Donegal, Lake Mardal Lodge is also among the most scenic. The eponymous”Lodge” stands at its center, a communal space that is accessible to glampers.

Constructed using straw, mud, and a grass roof, the Lodge houses the recreation area, a well-equipped kitchen, a common dining area, toilets, and bathrooms. 

The main glamping accommodations, meanwhile, are simple yet well-insulated yurts. These yurts are weatherproof and durable, that they can accommodate campers at any season of the year. Each yurt also comes with wool blankets, 15 Tog duvets, fluffy slippers, hot water bottles, and a wood-burning stove to keep glampers warm.

One cool feature of the yurts is the skylit domes that allow guests to watch the sunrise or gaze at the stars while in their bed. 

Amenities: free private parking, shared lounge and terrace, barbecue area

Address: Bradlieve, Ballintra, Co. Donegal, F94 W4FE, 

Website: Lough Mardal Lakeside Glamping 

3. Portsalon Luxury Camping, Donegal

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Established in 2014, Portsalon has become the go-to destination when it comes to luxury glamping in Donegal. This 118-acre charming retreat has also been awarded as one of “The 15 Best Campsites in Europe”.

Located in the Fanad Peninsula, Portsalon Luxury Camping takes pride in the views that glampers can enjoy onsite. In the east, one can see  Inishowen Peninsula, while nearby there’s Knockalla mountain, Lough Swilly, and Mulroy Bay. 

All five yurts are strategically placed to enjoy coastal views. These yurts can accommodate up to six people in the king-size bed and futons. There’s a wood-burning stove in each yurt to provide heating, as well as a fire pit outside for barbecues and campfires.

All yurts are with easy access to a separate building that houses the bathrooms, as well as the fully-equipped common kitchen and dining area. 

Amenities: common seating area, kitchen, barbecue area, and garden

Address: Portsalon Luxury Camping Cashelpreaghan, Portsalon F92V8X2

Website: Portsalon Luxury Camping 

4. Donegal Hobbit Pod

Inspired by the hobbit house in “Lord of the Rings”, this Donegal glamping accommodation is your ultimate retreat in the wild. The round facade and dome-like construction of this cozy pod are reminiscent of the Halflings’ abode but filled with modern comforts.

Located in the Donegal countryside, the pod is a good walking distance to a secluded beach, as well as a hiking trail up the nearby mountain. 

Known as the CroPod. The comfy sleeping area features a double bed flanked by cute nightstands.  There is also a two-seater couch, a small kitchen, and a bathroom. A multi-awarded place when it comes to glamping in Donegal, the CroPod’s idyllic scenery makes it an ideal honeymoon destination or romantic weekend getaway. 

Amenities: WiFi and dedicated workspace, free parking, private entrance, heating, hot shower

Address: Croaghacullion, Glencolumbkille, Co. Donegal, Ireland

5. Oakwell Holiday Village

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Whether you’re a small family, a couple, or a large group of friends, there is a perfect space for you in Oakwell Holiday Village. From barn-style chalets to pods and bell tents, this village provides some of the best and highly rated places for glamping in Donegal. 

Located in the quiet countryside by the banks of Lough Swilly, the place is also an ideal base for exploring the Wild Atlantic Way. Each glamping hut, pod, or tent has minimalistic yet stylish interiors, with just a bed and lounge area.

There is an outhouse for those staying in pods or tents, where there is a kitchen and bathroom.  People staying at the Oakwell Holiday Village also have access to a garden, playground, and wellness area

Amenities: free WiFi, shared lounge, a wellness area with hot tub and sauna, children’s playground 

Address: Ballylin, Ramelton, Co. Donegal, F92 VXC4

6. The Bird Box, Donegal

To get to this unique glamping spot in Donegal, visitors walk through a bank of whispering trees. The enchanting journey leads to a rope bridge that’s connected to the deck and the treehouse itself.

From here, one gets to enjoy stunning views of the Glenveagh National Park, making the aptly named Bjrdbox one of the most beautiful places to go glamping in Donegal. 

This secluded retreat is nestled among seasoned oak and Scottish pine trees. The double glass doors open to a cozy loft-style space, with a couch and heating from a wood-burning stove. There is also a small kitchen and a bathroom with a hot shower. A ladder leads up to the sleeping area that has a bed and a round window that looks over the lush surroundings. 

A unique option when glamping in Donegal, this place is a must for nature lovers and those looking for a quiet and relaxing getaway. 

Amenities:  Separate street or building entrance, hot showers, smoke, and carbon.mono⅞

Address: Between Doochary and Fintown, Co. Donegal (exact location to be provided upon booking)

7. Wild Atlantic Camp 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Glamping in Donegal but on a limited budget? Wild Atlantic Camp in Creeslough has some of the best accommodations at a price that won’t break the bank. The accommodations here range from the basic bell tents and wooden pods to the good-for-two pods to glamping villas. 

The wooden pods can hold up to four persons, has a private patio, and contains a sofa bed and bunk bed. The good-for-two pods have a wrought iron bed, rattan chairs, and chandeliers. These pods have electricity, heating, and free wifi.

The kitchen and bathroom are in a separate outhouse. The glamping villas, meanwhile, have all the furnishings of a small house – from the couch to the well-equipped kitchen. 

Amenities: free parking, toilet, and shower, shared kitchen, recreational facilities onsite

Address: Main St, Creeslough, Co. Donegal

Website: Wild Atlantic Camp 

 

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