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Finn Lough Bubble Domes | Image courtesy of Finn Lough
Finn Lough Bubble Domes | Image courtesy of Finn Lough
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The Most Luxurious Glamping Sites in Northern Ireland

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Updated: 30 August 2017
Rural and picturesque, Northern Ireland is full of camping sites of all stripes. Some of us however, want to be close to nature without all the trappings that come with “traditional” camping. No tents to pitch, no blankets to unroll, and no bug nets to hang. Here’s our list of Northern Ireland’s best places to “glamp”.
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Finn Lough

Finn Lough is one of the more unusual entries on this list. Tucked away in Muckross Woods, County Fermanagh, the site consists of several three-bedroom luxury lodges, each of which have easy access to the waterside for fishing. Packed with creature comforts including televisions, high pressure showers and wood-burning stoves, these lodges would make fantastic full-time houses, let alone weekend getaways. However, Finn Lough also offers the use of Forest Bubble Domes, which feature 180° views with their transparent walls, without compromising on comfort.

Letter Road, Leggs, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, UK, +44 28 6838 0360

Finn Lough Bubble Domes | Image courtesy of Finn Lough

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Castle Ward

Castle Ward is an 18th-century building overlooking Strangford Lough, County Down. As well as acting as a National Trust property, open to the public, it has several accommodation options for anyone looking to stay on the grounds. There is a caravan park attached to the property and more woodland camping pods. Insulated against both noise and the cold, they also have a special foil layer under the ceiling to regulate summer temperatures. However, there is also The Potter’s Cottage, nestled in the working farm yard, which serves as Winterfell in HBO’s Game of Thrones. So if you want a slice of The North in The North, this might be the place for you.

Castle Ward, , +44

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Cushendun Caravan Park

Situated in woods just off of the Antrim coast, Cushendun Caravan Park is a mere five-minute walk from the nearby village of Cushendun. On clear days, the tip of Scotland’s Mull of Kintyre is visible across the North Channel. Cushendun’s Caravan Park has pitches for tents and caravans, but this article is focused on its cabins. Tucked away in the woodland, each cabin sleeps up to five people, and provides comfort, warmth, and privacy.

14 Glendun Rd, Cushendun, Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK, +44 28 2176 1254

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Crom Estate pods

Another National Trust property, Crom Estate is one of Ireland’s most important nature conservation areas. Situated on the shores of Upper Lough Erne, County Fermanagh, the estate houses wild deer, pine martens, and many species of butterfly. As well as the cottages and opportunity to stay in Crom Castle itself, the grounds have four glamping pods, each of which fits two adults and up to three children (two of the pods are also dog-friendly). In the past, the pods were used as pigpens, but now they’re clean and cosy, a far cry from their original purpose while retaining a countryside charm.

Crom Estate, Newtownbutler, Northern Ireland, UK, +44 28 6773 8118

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Trannish Island Bothy

A “bothy” is a traditional form of accommodation, often used by workers on an estate. The bothy on Trannish Island, County Fermanagh, was restored in 2011 and is now open for bookings. It’s a bunkhouse that can accommodate as many as 12 people at a time, with a teepee outside that can be used in the summer months. With two barbecue pits, a composting toilet, and a fire pit, it’s a little bit closer to traditional camping than the other options on this list, but we don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing.

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East Coast Adventure

High in the Mourne mountains, East Coast Adventure Glamping provides views of Carlingford Lough and the surrounding valley. As well as six glamping pods, each of which sleeps four people, there is one larger communal pod for bigger groups. This is a versatile site, where you can relax and take in the views if that’s your cup of tea, or, for more adventurous guests, East Coast Adventure also owns the National Mountain Bike Centre and a water sports centre at the lough.

East Coast Adventure, Lower Knockbarragh Road, Rostrevor, Newry, Northern Ireland, UK + 44 28 4173 8516