Wicklow is a wondrous county sitting not far South of Ireland’s capital, Dublin. It is renowned for its wild beauty, stunning scenery and nature in abundance, making it the perfect place for a weekend adventure or much-needed break.
Whether you’re in for hikes or kayaking, bouldering or abseiling, nature walks or sites of cultural significance; there is so much to do here that an overnight trip is advised.
And, with such beauty in the wilderness, where better to spend the night than in one of the best camping spots Wicklow has to offer. Here’s our top five.
5. Hidden Valley Holiday Park
This family-first holiday park is the perfect place to bring the whole squad, little ones included.
With a wealth of activities to keep you busy all throughout your stay (bumper boats, paddle boats, kayaking, football, playground, cinema nights, fishing and combat laser tag amongst other), your outdoor adventure is bound to be bursting with fun.
The resort hosts tent camping and caravans, and also offers quaint little log cabins and “glamping” (fancy camping!) for those a little less keen to brave the outdoors.
School tours, team building workshops and birthday parties are more reasons why Hidden Valley is a strong contender on the “Best Camping” list.
With an emphasis on wholesome family fun, be advised this resort will impose a noise-ban and bedtime curfew from around 10pm.
Address: Lower Main St, Glasnarget North, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
4. The Irish Camping and Caravan Club (ICCC)
The ICCC is a voluntary organisation set up initially by independent families to promote and enjoy the camping and caravan lifestyle with likeminded people, in an inclusive and light-hearted manner.
Welcoming singles, couples, families and seniors, the ICCC host meets and rallies, offering “fun for all the family” across the Emerald Isle. The club has two main sites, one at Drumgoff Barracks in Wicklow, only about 60 kilometres from Dublin, the other in Courtown, Wexford.
Although membership to join the ICCC and be a part of all its inclusive, fun-filled family gathers is only €63 per annum, most meets offer a “try it for yourself” option for those looking to get a sense of the community before joining.
Check out its website for more info; these guys certainly know how to do camping well!
3. Wolohan’s Caravan & Camping Park
Only a stone’s throw from Wicklow town is Wolohan’s Caravan & Camping Park. Set on the seaside, this scenic little park is perfect for families or those looking for the sea breeze during their Wicklow camping trip.
The swim-safe beach makes for the perfect location to bring the entire family, and the quaint resort is a back-to-basics style park with an emphasis on the quintessential camping experience (i.e. no organised activities).
What you can count on though, is the soothing sound of the waves hugging the shoreline, the silence of a truly rural environment, friendly campers and fine family memories. Just remember to bring cards, toys and some board games to keep the kids preoccupied.
For your convenience an on-site store selling everything from body boards and barbecues, tents to fishing tackle is there for the inevitable “oh no we forgot the…”
Address: Dunbur Upper, Wicklow, A67 PK31, Ireland
2. Glendalough Glamping
For those a little less eager to don wellies and take to the outdoors, try out glamping instead.
Although there are multiple places offering similar style digs in Wicklow County, our top pick has to be Glendalough Glamping.
Nestled on a 21-acre family farm, Glendalough Glamping offers a unique glimpse into the rare beauty of this rugged landscape all with the modern comforts you could ask for.
Whilst the pods (glamping cabins) offer warmth and cosiness; an on-site purpose lodge ensures all the indoor comforts of home are met.
Watch wild deer graze by dusk and sheep roam the grounds at dawn; this is truly the ideal place to relax in the outdoors, with that little slice of luxury on the side.
Address: Laragh East, Laragh, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
1. Wicklow Mountains National Park
Where better to rest your head than the world-renowned Wicklow Mountains National Park?
Although camping in the Valley of Glendalough is not allowed, once outside this zone, “wild camping” is permitted.
Saying that, campers should be aware that it takes about three hours of hiking to reach this camping-permitted area – hence this experience is truly for seasoned explorers.
Remember to adopt a leave no trace policy and breath in the unspoilt nature. This camping experience is not one to be forgotten!
Location: Wicklow Mountains National Park, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.