Ready for a camping vacation – or a staycation – in style? Here’s our list of the best places for glamping in Clare and the Aran Islands.
Sleeping on a rocky tent floor, cooking food over an open fire and being exposed to all the elements – while we personally find all of this pretty romantic, we understand that traditional camping might not be everyone’s cup of tea. But with everything that’s going on in the world right now, outdoorsy vacations and staycations have experienced a massive revival this season – and we are convinced they are here to stay!
It’s not just the shortage of free hotel beds all around the country, camping is actually a lot of fun! And if you are a first-timer looking to combine the comforts of a hotel with outdoor fun, we strongly recommend glamping for your next adventure.
County Clare and the Aran Islands with their beautiful coastlines, windswept landscapes, spectacular wildlife, and dramatic landmarks, such as the world-famous Cliffs of Moher, might be just right up your alley. Sound good? Have a look at the best places for glamping in Clare and the Aran Islands below, and enjoy your stay at some of the most luxurious campsites the stunning Irish west coast has to offer.
3. Pure Camping – a family-friendly glamping retreat on a charming farm
This family and eco-friendly retreat is located on a cute farm complete with donkeys, dogs, cats, and hens near the small coastal town of Querrin.
Glamping fans can choose between luxury bell tents for up to four people – featuring comfy beds, private decks, and fire pits – and eco, wooden cabins that sleep two more, with the latter also coming with an ensuite bathroom. There’s a fully-equipped kitchen, including a pizza oven on-site and many activities all season long.
The owners, Trea and Kevin, run regular events such as yoga courses, meditation, and vegan cooking that keep receiving rave guest reviews. The next beach is a 20-minute walk away, and some of the most beautiful walks in the area start right at your doorstep. Querrin is known as a hub for kayaking, sailing, rowing, and fishing, so we guarantee outdoor fans of all ages will have a blast.
Prices: from €120
Address: Querrin, Co. Clare, V15 F602, Ireland
More info: https://purecamping.ie/
2. Aran Islands Camping & Glamping – one of the best places for glamping in Clare and the Aran Islands
Just a 40-minute ferry ride from Galway, the Aran Islands are equally famous for their wild landscapes, remarkable wildlife (seal watching is our favourite activity!), and Bronze Age and Iron Age forts, as they are for their distinctive knitted sweaters. And staying at the newly-built Aran Islands Camping & Glamping gives you the chance to experience all of it first-hand.
The glamping site is situated on Inis Mór, the largest of the three Islands in Galway Bay, with their nine stylish Clochans inspired by the traditional beehive style stone huts used by monks on the islands in former times. Sleeping up to four people, they come with a kitchenette, a double bed, a sofa bed, and a pull-out bed, as well as a bathroom. Larger parties can also opt for one of the seven Tigín Glamping Units suitable for up to six people.
One of the best places for glamping in Clare and the Aran Islands, this fancy site is just a short walk from Inis Mór’s main town Kilronan and the ferry terminal, with all the beauty the islands have to offer just at your (pod) doorstep.
Prices: from €145
Address: Frenchman’s Beach, Kilronan, Co. Galway, H91 F65P, Ireland
More info: https://www.irelandglamping.ie/
1. Doolin Glamping – sleep in luxury tents as in 1001 nights
Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, within easy reach of both the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands, colourful Doolin is an excellent base for exploring the west. And to make things even better, the charming fishing town is home to our favourite of the best places for Glamping in Clare and the Aran Islands.
Doolin Glamping is situated on a quiet cul-de-sac in the heart of Doolin and offers gorgeous luxury tents sleeping up to five people, featuring Mexican pine beds, bean bags, tea light chandeliers, Moroccan candles, and Persian rugs – think of it as camping like straight out of 1001 nights!
The town is known as the home of traditional music. Several of its most famous pubs such as Fitz’s, O’Connor, and McGann’s are just a couple minutes walk from the campsite, so your nights after a long day of exploring are set, too – needless to say, this is one of the top things to do in Clare.
Prices: from €80
Address: Teergonean, Doolin, Co. Clare, V95 KP99, Ireland
More info: https://www.doolinglamping.com/