The 5 best places for glamping in Northern Ireland

If you think camping isn’t your cup of tea, check out our favourite places for glamping in Northern Ireland below and think again!

The 5 best places for glamping in Northern Ireland

Gone are the days when camping meant sleeping in a basic tent, praying it wouldn’t collapse in the middle of the night when the storm or the rain set in.

“Glamorous camping”, better known as glamping, offers resort-like amenities with an adventurous touch, appealing even to those that dreaded the idea of staying at a camping ground in the past. 

If you are heading to the North, you are in for a treat. Glamping in Northern Ireland has become increasingly popular in recent years and there’s a great variety of places to choose from. We have had a look around – check out our favourites below.  

5. Further. Space at Black Knowe (Ballycastle, Co. Antrim) – for a family-friendly outdoor break

Further. Space at Black Knowe (Ballycastle, Co. Antrim) - for a family-friendly outdoor break
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This place is an ideal rural glamping base for everyone wanting to explore all the attractions of the Causeway Coastal Route.

The four cosy pods located on a hilltop have space for up to four people each and come with a hotel-style bed room and lounge area, a mini fridge, a private bathroom and a patio. 

Bring your own food and marshmallows to roast at your private fire place or just add a BBQ or Firepit package when making your booking. 

Further. Space is a great option for families looking for an outdoorsy break while still having all the comforts of their homes. If you don’t travel in the peak of summer, watch out for special deals during the quieter months. 

Address77 Moyarget Rd, Ballycastle BT54 6HL

Prices: From £129

More info: HERE

4. Sycamore Luxury Camping (Carncastle, Co. Antrim) – one of the best places for glamping in Northern Ireland

Sycamore Luxury Camping (Carncastle, Co. Antrim) – one of the best places for glamping in Northern Ireland
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With just two pods available on the premises of a hobby farm in the rural village of Carncastle, this is a great option for everyone looking to stay away from the crowds when glamping in Northern Ireland. 

Each pod has a double bed and a double sofa, accommodating two adults and up to two children. There’s a wood burning stove, a kitchenette equipped with everything from a microwave to a toaster, a fireplace and even a private hot tub.

You will share the glamping ground with some sheep, chickens and donkeys. Sycamore Luxury Camping is a 35-minute-drive from Belfast and just ten minutes from the port of Larne.

The nearest beach is less than a mile away and some of Northern Ireland’s most famous sights such as Giants Causeway, the Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge and the Gobbins cliff path can easily be reached on day trips. 

AddressWeyburn Rd, Carncastle, Larne BT40 2RL

Prices: From £125

More info: HERE

3. East Coast Adventure Glamping (Rostrevor, Co. Down) – for an active outdoor vacation

East Coast Adventure Glamping (Rostrevor, Co. Down) - for an active outdoor vacation
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Aimed at active travellers and families looking for an outdoorsy break, East Coast Adventure Glamping in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains, close to Rostrevor and Carlingford Lough, offers six cosy pods for up to four people. 

They specialise in outdoor activities such as mountain biking, kayaking and rafting and offer courses for all levels. If group activities aren’t your thing, you can also just rent bikes and boats on the site and explore the beautiful surroundings by yourself. 

The pods themselves all have their private fireplace while the kitchen and bathroom facilities are shared.

Address: 34 Upper Knockbarragh Road, Rostrevor, Newry BT34 3DP

Prices: From £75

More info: HERE

2. Let’s go Hydro (Belfast) – a glamping paradise just outside the city

Let’s go Hydro (Belfast) - a glamping paradise just outside the city
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This resort on the forested grounds of Knockbracken Reservoir, just outside of Belfast, offers everything from luxury pods to houseboats for rent, tons of water sport activities such as kayaking and wakeboarding.

It also has its own inflatable aqua park and even a drive-in cinema, taking glamping in Northern Ireland to the next level. Let’s go Hydro is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts as well as families and groups of friends looking for a quick break within city reach.

Their pods sleep up to six people and you can choose from staying besides the lake or in a beautiful garden – the luxury version even comes with a shared hot tub and sauna. There’s BBQs to rent and restaurants nearby, so the dinner choice is entirely up to you. 

AddressKnockbracken Reservoir, 1 Mealough Rd, Carryduff, Belfast BT8 8GB

Prices: From £160

More info: HERE

1. Mountain Sky Luxury Glamping (Dungiven, Co. Derry) – a luxury tent village in the mountains

Mountain Sky Luxury Glamping (Dungiven, Co. Derry) - a luxury tent village in the mountains
Credit: mountainskyglamping.com

This resort is one of the most popular for glamping in Northern Ireland. Located on Ash Park right in the Sperrin Mountains, on the premises of a family-owned eco farm, it offers luxury Safari tents sleeping up to six people, with wooden flooring, a wood burning stove, comfy beds, sofas, and a private sun deck. 

Guests can enjoy breath-taking views over the mountains and the surrounding green countryside from their doorstep (and even their king size bed!).

Bring marshmallows as there’s also a space for campfires just outside. The tents themselves are lit by oil lamps, giving your temporary home a romantic and adventurous touch. 

During the day, there’s plenty of options to explore: The beach is a 30-minute-drive away, you can go hiking, cycling, fishing, and horse riding. 

Address: Ash Park, 3 Kilunagh Rd, Dungiven, Derry, BT47 4TU

Prices: Contact for price

More info: HERE

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Astrid Hofer works as a freelance journalist for media outlets around the world, mainly writing about travel, lifestyle, and pop culture. When she is not busy listening to live music in one of her favourite pubs, taking cheesy sunset pictures at the beach, or cliff walking, she can usually be found over a mug of hot chocolate planning her next trip.