Glamping is becoming ever more popular, especially in recent times when staycations and holidays at home are on the increase. Glamping in Ireland is no exception. Whether you are looking for glamping breaks in the north, south, east or west of the country, you’ll find spots across the country. If you are looking for the best glamping in Galway, Ireland, then you’ll find plenty of ideas right here.
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Best Glamping in Galway, Ireland
In the West of Ireland, you will find some great spots to go glamping. So, if you are looking for the best spots to go glamping near Galway or just in County Galway itself, the following places will fit the bill.
Aran Islands Camping and Glamping
Address: Frenchman’s Beach, Kilronan, Co. Galway, H91 F65P
Aran Islands Camping and Glamping are located on Inis Mór and are perfect for those wanting to visit one of the best places in County Galway. There are 24 glamping units available catering for parties of various sizes.
The Tigin Glamping Unit is a larger glamping accommodation unit sleeping up to 6 people. There are two single bunks, a sofa and a single pull-out bed. These come with a small kitchenette and shower/bathroom.
The smaller Clochán Glamping Unit is a beehive style stone inspired hut that sleeps up to 4 people in one double bed, one single sofa bed and one single pull-out bed. There is also a shower room in these units.
All accommodation is fully heated, and bedding and towels are provided. There are picnic areas with outdoor furniture, BBQ facilities and a garden. There is also a shared kitchen, on-site coffee house and WiFi is available in the business centre.
Outside of the summer months, Aran Islands Camping and Glamping is pet-friendly, meaning you can bring the four-legged members of the family if you want to. Locally there are lots to see and do on the Aran Islands.
Address: Brooklodge Demesne, Ballyglunin, Co. Galway, H54 XC86
If you are looking for some of the best glamping Galway, Ireland has to offer, then check out Galway Glamping. Located 37 minutes from Galway and 14 minutes from Tuam, 1 mile from the M17, this 11-acre site is steeped in history and is in the former farmyard complex of the Blake Estate.
Barn structures have been renovated and are now used to accommodate guests and provide toilet, shower and cooking facilities. The communal kitchen can accommodate up to 24 people and there are also BBQ facilities and a walled garden for picnics and outdoor activities. The Church Social Area is housed in a 19th-century building and can accommodate up to 35 people.
There are 5 types of accommodation options at Galway Glamping. The Sheebeen can hold 6 people in 3 bunks beds. The Lodge is ideal for parties of up to 6 people and has a mini-fridge, couch and covered deck with a seating area. The Tower has a double bed and three singles sleeping 5 people and comes with toilet/shower facilities, while the Cabins can sleep 2 people in single beds. The Barn is an 18th-century structure that is two-storey. Upstairs you will find a sitting area and kitchenette, while downstairs there is a double bedroom, twin room and shower/toilet facilities.
Locally there are plenty of pubs within 5 minutes from the site and Tuam is the nearest town for shopping and restaurants.
Galway Glamping can cater for hen parties, weddings and private family celebrations too.
Address: Dominick Street, Portumna, Co. Galway
Podumna Village, Galway is open all year round, so even if you fancy a spot of glamping in Ireland during winter, you can do it. Galway glamping at Podumna Village is glamping at its best thanks to its woodland setting and convenient location near the town centre.
Glamping options at Podumna Village include pods, huts and cabins. There are also single, double and family rooms available in the main building.
Eco Pods are set in a tree-lined village landscape and can sleep up to 5 people. They are fully insulated, have power and heating, and also come with a deck area with table and chairs. There are six available and they are ideal for couples and families.
The Family Cabins sleep up to 6 people and come with heating, electric sockets and a decking area and a picnic bench. There are three of these available for glamping getaways in Galway.
Bed linen is supplied as standard in all accommodation types, and cutlery, cups, and plates are also available to use. Travel cots and highchairs may be provided upon prior arrangement. You do need to bring your own towels though.
There is WiFi in reception and in the dining room, which is also used as a games room in the evenings. Locally there is bike hire available with Dick’s Bike Hire.
Kitty’s Cosy Camping – Closed for renovations in 2022
Address: Cosy Glamping Campsite, Cappacasheen, Kinvara, Co. Galway, H91 D2PX
Nestled in the foothills of the Burren, Kitty’s Cosy Camping is an eco-friendly site where rubbish is recycled or composted, and toilets and showers come from rainwater. The site is located 9km from Kinvara and it is a 40-minute drive into Galway City.
Glamping accommodation is in gipsy-style caravans, glamping cabins or bell tents which sleep up to 6 people depending on the accommodation type. Bed linen is provided, but not towels and there is on-site parking.
There is a communal kitchen and dining area, outdoor BBQ’s and fire pit, and a sheltered lounge area. Pets and children are welcome at Kitty’s Cosy Camping.
Slieve Aughty Centre Glamping
Address: Kylebrack West, Loughrea, Co. Galway
The Slieve Aughty Centre is a great place to visit if you are looking for outdoor or active things to do in Galway, and you can also stay there in glamping accommodation.
There are two glamping accommodation options. The Playground Hut is a small unit with a small double bed and single and uses shared toilet/shower facilities.
The Wanderly Wagon is a gipsy-style wagon that can sleep 2 adults or 2 adults and 1 child. This also uses shared facilities. Bed linen and towels are included in your stay at the Slieve Aughty Glamping accommodation.
There are lots to do at the centre, as well as a playground, craft room and guests can enjoy B7B at the Three Towers Restaurant at the centre.
Crann Og Eco Farm
Address: Derrymore, Drummin, Gort, Co. Galway, H91 XEY1
If you want to stay close to the Burren on a small eco-farm and community, then head for Crann Og Eco Farm. They try to live sustainably with a vegetable garden, orchard, pond, and they have animals including sheep, chickens, horses and ducks.
Crann Og Eco Farm has an off-grid eco-cabin for those who want to try a get-away-from-it-all glamping experience and get back to basics. The wood-style cabin has solar lighting, can sleep 2-4 people in a queen bed and 2 single futon chairs. There is no internet or electricity and there is an outdoor shower area and composting toilet. Guests have a small kitchenette with a gas hob and a cooler box is available on request.
There is a communal fire out, water is from a well and there are outdoor tables, chairs and hammocks for relaxing. This is available to book only via AirBnB, so search for them on there if you want an off-grid, back-to-basics glamping experience in Galway.
Wild Atlantic Bus
Address: Aisling Cottage, Derrymoyle, Oughterard, Co. Galway, H91 FW3F
If you are looking for glamping in Galway with a difference, then check yourself into the Wild Atlantic Bus! This 28-year-old double-decker bus is located on the shores of Lough Corrib and just 5 minutes from Oughterard.
The bus has a fully fitted kitchen, toilet and shower, a double bed upstairs and downstairs and a double day bed on the mezzanine floor upstairs, sleeping 6 people comfortably. On-site there is a fire pit, seated decking area, storage cabin and an outdoor shower as well. Start your search for this glamping option on AirBnB.
Clifden Eco Beach Camping & Caravanning
Address: Claddaghduff Road, Wild Atlantic Way, Grallagh, Clifden, Co. Galway, H71 W024
As Ireland’s first eco-certified carbon-neutral premises, Clifden Eco Beach is a great place for those who want to ensure they are holidaying sustainably. Beside the sand dunes on the shores of Connemara’s Wild Atlantic Way, at Clifden Eco Beach you’ll enjoy breath-taking scenery, seascape views and a secluded private beach.
There are small tipi glamping tents available at Clifden Eco Beach. Each sleeps 2-3 people and come with airbeds, pillows and camping chairs. The tents can use the shared toilet/shower facilities and shared kitchenette.
Locally there is bike hire, kayaking, fishing points and guided walks. Guests can also use the campfire, laundry and there is WiFi at the site as well. For a relaxing back-to-basics experience where you can unplug and unwind, choose Clifden Eco Beach for your Galway glamping break.
Address: Curraghduff West, Oughterard, Co. Galway, H91 R2Y7
If you want a real treat, then why not combine an alpaca experience in Ireland with some Galway glamping. At Curraghduff Farm you can do just that. This farm has alpacas as well as pygmy goats and chickens and is a great place for families in particular.
At Curraghduff you’ll find two themed glamping huts. The Alpaca Hut can sleep up to four people in a double bed and double sofa bed. In the Corrib Hut, you’ll find a double bed, single bunk and single day bed, also sleeping up to four people. A third hut is coming soon.
On-site you can use the shared toilet/shower and kitchen facilities as well as the BBQ and firepit. If you’ve got kids and are looking for a great getaway, book your glamping at Curraghduff as well as your alpaca experience and make it a getaway to remember for the whole family.
County Galway is a beautiful part of Ireland to visit and hopefully, this list gives you some idea of the best glamping in Galway should you be looking to spend some time in the county and are looking for unique places to stay in the area.
Cath is an Irish expat now living in Portugal. She regularly returns to Ireland to explore more of the wonderful island with her family.