It’s the year of the staycation and there’s never been a better time to take advantage of the beautiful spaces right on your doorstep. If you’ve always wanted to answer the call of the wild, but the thought of pitching a tent makes you want to run for the hills, glamping is a compromise with comfort. Take a look at some of our favourite glamping experiences and get out there this summer.
Let's Go Hydro
Located just ten minutes outside Belfast, Let’s Go Hydro has been a popular choice for climbers, jumpers and amateur belly floppers hoping to soak up some fun on the water. But if the thought of drying off and heading home after a day of play is dampening your spirits, there is a range of unique glamping experiences available for families and groups this summer. Ranging in shape and size from glamping pods and safari lodges to floating luxury boathouses, Let’s Go Hydro offers accommodation for groups of one to 200 and they can easily create group packages to suit everyone’s needs.
The Jungle NI
Set in beautiful woodlands, and nestled among the Sperrin Mountains, The Jungle NI truly is an escape from the city. Rather than a helping of ‘R and R’, this idyllic location is the setting for an action-packed glamping experience, suitable for adrenaline-junky holidayers. With glamping pods available for couples, families, stag and hen parties, or corporate getaways, you’ll be guaranteed a great night’s sleep after a day of play. If you want even more luxury and comfort, the quirky cabins, playfully named the Chicken Coop and the Beehive, offer rustic charm plus a firepit and BBQ. Imagine sliding open the French doors, with a coffee in hand, and firing up the grill for a breakfast with a difference.
The night is dark and full of terrors – if you don’t have a quirky glamping pod deep in the forest of ‘Winterfell’. You can become the king or queen in the north at this glamping experience just 40 minutes from Belfast, in the sprawling grounds of Old Castle Ward. Explore the many Game of Thrones filming location hotspots or try your hand at the archery experience, then wrap up in your winter cloak and bed down for the night in your own cabin.
- Glamping pod in the forest for couples
- Entry to the castle and demesne
- Winterfell archery range experience
- Filming locations cycle tour
- Goodie bag including map, cloak and replica sword
Mourne Mountains and the Ring of Gullion
The Mourne Mountains are the playground of Northern Ireland, and after hiking the hills and taking in the sights, there’s nothing better than a comfortable bed close by to rest up for the next big adventure. This corner of the country has everything for those who want to feel like a star while sleeping under the stars. With a number of campsites offering glamping pods, old style caravans, and magical underground cabins, there are options aplenty for a family trip or a couples retreat. Enjoy the mountains, rivers, forest and valleys, with plenty of activities geared towards the outdoor types. Or treat yourself to a chilled out experience featuring memory foam mattresses and wood fired hot tubs.
- Bluebell Lane Campsite with glamping pods and old style caravans
- East Coast Adventure with glamping pods and activities
- Fairy River underground cottages
- Carrick Little with glamping pods at the foot of the Mourne Mountains
- Willow Tree glamping site. Grown-ups only glamping with wood fired hot tubs
- Gorse Hill Farm Self Catering with glamping pods and great views
Stock Up On Supplies
While there are a host of different options for food, drink and fun at each glamp site, don’t get caught out by your cravings. You can make your stay extra special by bringing along some treats to enjoy. Maryville Tea House offers takeaway afternoon tea, while Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory and Old Time Favourites have snacks for the sweet-toothed staycationer.