If Donegal is your destination and you are planning a more outdoor stay, we have you covered with our ultimate list of the top ten best caravan and camping parks in Donegal, ranked.
There are few better places to be in Ireland during the summer months than Donegal, and anyone who has spent time in the Tir Chonaill county can testify to that fact.
With its majestic mountains, blue coast lined with golden sand, many forests and parks, booming towns, and a rich Irish culture, there are many reasons why a trip to Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way should be on the cards.
While there are plenty of hotels and B&Bs to choose from, sometimes it’s best to camp it out. Here are the top ten best caravan and camping parks in Donegal, ranked.
IB4UD’s top tips for camping in Donegal:
- Research and select a campsite that suits your needs and preferred type of camping (wild camping, designated campsites, etc.).
- Practice responsible camping by leaving the environment as you found it.
- Midges are a common pest in certain areas of Donegal, especially during warmer months, so carry insect repellent to protect yourself from bites.
- Before camping, check for any specific regulations or restrictions in the area. Some places may have specific rules regarding campfires, or camping permits.
- Take advantage of the stunning stargazing opportunities available in Donegal’s countryside.
- Donegal is renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches. Spend time exploring the beaches, enjoying walks, and taking in the amazing views.
10. Wild Atlantic Camp – your perfect base for exploring the Wild Atlantic Way
First on our list of the best caravan and camping parks in Donegal is the Wild Atlantic Camp. It overlooks the beautiful Sheephaven Bay in Creeslough.
One of Donegal’s best glamping sites isn’t far from the likes of Ards Forest Park and the Horn Head Peninsula. So, you will be kept busy and active along the Wild Atlantic Way during your stay here.
Address: Main St, Creeslough, Co. Donegal, Ireland
9. Binion Bay Caravan & Camping Facility – waiting to explore the Inishowen Peninsula
It is a great base from which to explore the Inishowen Peninsula. This small, family-run site caters for motor homes, touring caravans, tents, and static mobile homes.
Address: Binnion Clonmany, Co Donegal IE F93F381, F93 F381, Ireland
8. Sleepy Hollows Campsite – one for the adults only
One of the best caravan and camping parks in Donegal is the Sleepy Hollows. Only those who are 18 and over can stay in this adult-only site in the Gaeltacht region of Tir Chonaill.
This is one for those seeking a more relaxing stay. It isn’t far from the likes of Carrickfinn, Bád Eddie, and Mount Errigal, with one-person tents as low as €12.
Address: Sleepy Hollows Campsite, Meenalecky, Co. Donegal, F92 HK73, Ireland
7. Rockhill Holiday & Activity Park – one for the family
Rockhill is the ultimate caravan park in Donegal for a family stay. It is more than just a caravan park – it is also an activity park, with a range of fun activities for the kids.
All cabins are located near the water and forest, so the adults can relax and enjoy their own time when the kids are taking part in archery, climbing, or watersports.
Address: Rockhill Holiday Park, Kerrykeel, Co. Donegal, F92 W0Y6, Ireland
6. Greencastle Cove Seaside Leisure Homes – stay in luxury
This is the most luxurious entry on our list of the best caravan and camping parks in Donegal. Relaxation awaits as you are enveloped in the natural green countryside of Donegal.
Open year-round, Greencastle also provides onsite facilities that include a family park, tennis and basketball courts, cycle hire, hikes and walks, places for fishing, a football pitch, and water sports.
Address: Eleven Ballyboes, Co. Donegal, Ireland
5. Foyleside Caravan Park – sat on the shores of Lough Foyle
Kicking off our list of the top five caravan and camping parks in Donegal is Foyleside Caravan Park. Take your own lakeside caravan and drink in the breathtaking views of Lough Foyle.
It is ideal for touring the north of Donegal and is particularly popular with people from Derry, which is also visible from the park.
Address: Carrowkeel, Quigley’s Point, Co. Donegal, Ireland
4. Tramore Beach Caravan and Camping Park – one of the best caravan and camping parks in Donegal
The superb Tramore Beach Caravan and Camping Park is found at the mouth of Tramore Beach in Rosbeg. Water enthusiasts can bask in the wealth of activities here, as it is the perfect spot for fishing, surfing, and bathing.
There are 20 touring pitches in total, so it is an intimate stay if Portnoo is next on your Donegal bucket list.
Address: Kiltooris, Portnoo, Co. Donegal, F94 RW66, Ireland
3. Knockalla Caravan & Camping Park – an established force
This four-star rated park has been around since 1976 and is well-deserving of its high spot on our list of the best caravan and camping parks in Donegal.
The family-run park is sandwiched between Portsalon Beach and the Knockalla Mountains, one of the most beautiful regions in all of Donegal.
Address: Magherawarden, Portsalon, Co. Donegal, Ireland
2. Portsalon Luxury Camping – the best glamping site in Donegal
Open to visitors from April to October, this magnificent park provides five yurts, each equipped with king-size beds, wood-burning stoves, and easy access to Portsalon Blue Flag Beach (Ballymastocker Bay), arguably Donegal’s best beach.
Portsalon Luxury Camping is perfect if you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and want to switch off in style for a few nights at one of the best camping sites in Ireland.
Address: Cashelpreaghan, Co. Donegal, Ireland
1. Rosguill Holiday Park – close to some of the most beautiful beaches in Donegal
Topping our list of the best caravan and camping parks in Donegal is the highly-rated Rosguill Holiday Park. This popular spot can be found near Downings Beach, one of the most sumptuous parts of the county.
Not only does it offer breathtaking views of Mulroy Bay, but you are also only walking distance from Tra na Rossan and the enigmatic Murder Hole Beach. What’s not to like here?
Address: Rosguill Holiday Park, Melmore Road, Gortnalughoge, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, F92 W965, Ireland
Boortree Touring & Camping: Offering stunning views of Donegal Bay, it is another stop along the Wild Atlantic and is nearby the exquisite Rossnowlagh Beach.
Killybegs Holiday Park: You can reserve a pitch at Killybegs Holiday Park throughout the summer period. It has been appreciated by both Lonely Planet and TripAdvisor.
Dungloe Caravan Park: Dungloe is a great town in west Donegal and is an excellent place to stay. Not far from Slieve League, Glencolumbcille, Gweedore, or Errigal, this is an ideal base to enjoy a wide range of activities.
Caseys Caravan & Camping Park: Located in Downings, the fantastic Caseys Caravan & Camping Park offers lovely views, loads of activities, and a fantastic coastal setting.
Your questions answered about the best caravan and camping parks in Donegal
If you have some more questions, we have you covered! We’ve compiled some of our readers’ most frequently asked questions about the best caravan and camping parks in Doengal in the section below.
What are the most scenic places to go camping in County Donegal?
Any of the above selection. All offer spectacular views with a range of facilities. Rosguill, Portsalon, and Knockalla are among the best in Ireland as well.
Can I wild camp in Donegal?
Wild camping is technically only legal in Ireland if you gain permission from the landowner. However, it is tolerated in most places unless signs specifically state ‘no camping’. There are plenty of spots for wild camping in Ireland, such as Carrickfinn or Glenveagh National Park.
Can you park a caravan anywhere in Ireland?
The law states that you cannot wild camp in a motorhome or caravan anywhere without prior permission. However, this is tolerated in most places unless signs state differently.