The best places for family staycations camping in Ireland and the very best reasons why you should choose to holiday at home in 2020
The time has never been more right for a camping holiday in this beautiful country. An increasing number of families are now considering holidaying in Ireland. A camping staycation. The desire to leave a smaller carbon footprint on the planet makes staying closer to home for your annual holiday, a very inviting prospect. The high cost of fuel, both to our own pockets and to the environment, means that long journeys are increasingly unappealing. A camping staycation in Ireland allows families to enjoy a wonderful break with the smug and self-satisfied knowledge that they are not contributing further to climate change, pollution or toxic emissions. Of course, the fact that we have the most awesome scenery and incredibly beautiful places to pitch your tent, makes the sacrifice of staying home, a very easy one to make.
Foreign travel involves a lot more organisation than a home camping trip. Packing for a staycation is a less tedious task. Airports and ferries can be expensive and stressful and you may lose a few days traveling to your destination. A staycation has a lot of positives to offer, particularly for camping families. No queues or cancelled flights/ferry sailings. Doggie people can enjoy the company of their best friend for the duration and no kennel fees when you choose dog friendly sites. It makes sense on many levels to vacation at home. Often you can be one short-dated passport, or one unfilled prescription away from disaster when traveling abroad!
The money you save on international flights can be invested in a family tent and some great camping equipment. The Vango Airbeam tent is a hassle free, no poles, no arguments, comfortable and stress free camping dream for any family to spend starry nights dreaming in. It has two bedrooms that are separated by a centre porch. Fits up to 8 people and only take 12 minutes to pitch. This is camping luxury that you will enjoy for years to come.
Camping can be quite luxurious now and has come a long way from burning a tin of beans over a fire before sleeping on rocks with various insects for company. See our blog on Glamourous camping.
Where to pitch up…
Here are some of Ireland’s unique and best camping sites for the family tent.
Pure Camping in Querrin Co Clare
On the Wild Atlantic Way and near the scenic village of Kilkee, Pure Camping is an eco-retreat that welcomes pitching tents and even has some pre-pitched, if that is your preference. A sauna, solar showers and rainwater harvesting add to the eco-friendly vibe. Children love the donkeys and chickens, and the nearby woods for adventuring. A communal dome tent provides a place to make new friends.
Coomshanna Wild Camping in Co Kerry
The views over Dingle Bay are incredibly inspiring. A stream runs by and other than this, there is a field devoid of rocks and bumps in which to pitch your tent. Take your wee shovel when you want to use the toilet and no fire rule is enforced. This is eco-friendly and peaceful camping. The starry skies are incredible.
Nore Valley Camping and Caravan Park Co Kilkenny
Family friendly, child friendly and well… just really friendly. Nore Valley has a lovely vibe. Maybe the hay trailer rides, the crazy golf or the petting zoo have something to do with Nore Valley being one of the most popular family camping sites on the East Coast. Get lost in the wooden maze. Go for a trip on a pedal powered go-kart. This camping site is close to Kilkenny city and is a great camping base to just chill with the ostriches (Gail and Ragsy) or to explore the East Coast treasures.
Hidden Valley Holiday Park Co Wicklow
Classic campsite in Rathdrum which boasts fantastic facilities for families. Kayaking and swimming on and in the Avonmore River. Fish too, if that is your jam! Riverside campfires, a kid’s adventure fun park and cinema nights with beanbags are all on offer in this beautiful campsite. The Wicklow Mountains are on the doorstep for hiking, biking, sight-seeing and generally enjoying the wonders of the garden of Ireland.
Eagle Point Camping Co Cork
Eagle Point campsite is a 20-acre campsite, a few kilometres from Bantry in West Cork. A great family campsite which hugs the water, with pebble beaches and great views over the sea. A kids TV room, football, basketball and the usual facilities make Ballylickey/Eagle Point an easy place to pitch for a gentle fun filled holiday.
Perhaps in the rush to explore foreign climes, we have forgotten all that there is to offer here at home.
This is just a wee taste of the fantastic camping choices available around Ireland The Wild Atlantic Way has a trail of camping sites that will bring a new experience every day. Stay-cationing is fun and make sense. It contributes to saving the environment, by cutting down of fossil fuels and air miles. It is good for local employment and the sustainability of rural communities. But most of all its good for your own sanity, and isn’t that what a holiday is all about.