Kerry, on Ireland’s west coast, has been a popular holiday destination for many, many years. But, until recently, your options for where to stay have been fairly limited to hotels, B&Bs and old fashioned campsites. Enter… the glamping experience. Glamping has seen huge growth in popularity across Ireland in recent years- and Kerry is no exception!
Remember: it’s always best when booking with any accommodation provider in Ireland, to book direct!
1. Retro Caravan Glamping, Valentia Island
We’re stunned and shook. When did camping become cool? Forget the drab, grey caravan holidays of your childhood. Miguel has created a booming business for himself on Valentia Island with this collection of 3 retro caravans.
Each caravan has been cheerfully painted and modernised inside with electricity and lighting. You’ll even be supplied with heated blankets for those colder nights when you just want to stay in and get cosy.
All 3 caravans, available via Airbnb, come with access to modern communal showers, toilet facilities and a fully functioning kitchen. Valentia Island is about halfway along the Ring of Kerry (and easily accessed via a road bridge at Portmagee.
More info about staying in Valentia Island’s retro caravans:
- Pubs, restaurants and shops all available nearby in Portmagee (4 minutes drive)
- Check in can be arranged anytime between 4pm and 7pm. Check out is by 10am
- This site is not dog or pet friendly
- For more information, to check availability and book: Valentia Island Retro Caravans
2. South Kerry Glamping
This glamping option on Airbnb is the perfect choice for couples looking for a more intimate and private retreat this year. The Pod will be well recognisable to anyone who has tried their hands at glamping before.
You can expect all the standard features from a glamping pod- including, a cosy double bed, small kitchenette and shower. Outside there is private space for evenings sat outside and a BBQ.
This Airbnb comes stocked with breakfast goods on arrival (that includes tea/ coffee, fruit, homemade soda bread, butter, marmalades and yoghurts). The Pod, located just outside Cahersiveen, is an affordable way to explore the Ring of Kerry and especially Valentia Island and the nearby Skellig Michael.
We’ve previously included South Kerry Glamping in a feature if you’re interested in discovering more Airbnbs to stay at in Kerry.
More info about staying at South Kerry Glamping:
- Pubs, restaurants and shops are all available in Cahersiveen (8 minutes drive)
- Lots of walks to explore nearby- including Castlequin Loop Walk
- Check in can be arranged anytime after 4pm. Check out is by 11am
- Dog and pet friendly, but you must let them know when making your booking!
- Fuel is not provided for the firepit- don’t forget to bring your own!
- For more information, to check availability and book: South Kerry Glamping
3. Killarney Glamping & Luxury Lodges at The Grove
The Grove have been welcoming glampers to their site since 2012. They especially pride themselves on offering romantic escapes and getaways to couples.
There are 4 options for staying at The Grove- the Romantic Glamping Suite, the Luxury Lodge, the Orchard Glamping Suite and the Cabin. Each one offers something a little different, but all benefit from the beautiful wild surroundings.
Unlike many glamping sites… all their lodges, tents and cabins come with en-suite toilet and shower facilities (except the Orchard Glamping Suites) and private kitchenettes. It’s impossible to ignore the level of detail that has gone into this site, including small things, like the kitchenettes being stocked with salt and pepper. It’s details like that, that make a getaway so much more enjoyable and hassle free.
More info about staying at Killarney Glamping at The Grove:
- Pubs, restaurants and shops all available nearby in Killarney (4 minutes drive- but easily walkable!)
- Prices vary throughout the year and depending on which of their tents/ cabins/ lodges you’d like to book. But prices seem to start at about €139 per night
- The Grove is currently offering 10% off on selected dates during March (see their website)
- For more information, to check availability and book: Killarney Glamping
4. Coach Field Glamping Pods
These shepherd hut style pods are great for groups and families exploring the Dingle Way and Wild Atlantic Way. Coach Field Glamping is located on the Dingle Peninsula just 20 minutes east of Dingle itself.
The site enjoys panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and wild Kerry landscape. This is definitely a great option for groups of friends and families. You’ll find communal hot shower and toilet facilities, a fire pit for the evening (if you don’t decide to venture into Dingle) and a shared kitchenette.
Coach Field Glamping is brilliantly located- there’s a local shop and pub serving food just 100m away from the main site. It’s also well connected via bus to both Tralee and Dingle (quite unique considering it’s rural location!). A bonus for anyone wanting to have a break from driving!
More info about staying at Coach Field Glamping:
- Pubs, restaurants and shops all available nearby in Tralee (19 minutes drive)
- Check in is at 3pm. Check out is by 10am
- Prices vary depending on when you want to stay. They start at €130 per night for off season (April) and go up to €160 per night for the peak season (June & August)
- Stunning Kerry beaches just a 10 minute walk away!
- Coach Field Glamping is not dog or pet friendly
- For more information, to check availability and book: Coach Field Glamping
5. Farmyard Lane Glamping Pods
More info about staying at Farmyard Lane Glamping:
Farmyard Lane offers 2 luxury glamping pods surrounded by a small apple orchard. The glamping pods themselves are modern and comfortable- with everything you’d expect (plus beautiful rural Kerry views!).
Each pod is provided with a complimentary breakfast basket that includes eggs and honey (both sourced from the farm itself). The site is set amongst the wild Kerry countryside but is actually just a 14 minutes drive away from Killarney.
Farmyard Lane Glamping makes for a great hiking holiday base. There are a number of trails in the area including the Kerry Way. The hosts here have good connections with local hiking guides and can organise all that for you!
- Pubs, restaurants and shops all available nearby in Killarney (14 minutes drive)
- Just a 5 minutes drive away from the Gap of Dunloe
- There is a minimum stay of 2 nights between May and September
- For more information, to check availability and book: Farmyard Lane Glamping
6. Dingle Way Glamping
Dingle Way Glamping offers guests the choice of staying in either their traditional glamping pod, one of 2 shepherd huts or even a train carriage inspired pod!
All 4 glamping units come with private showers and toilet facilities, kitchenettes and outdoor space. The shepherd huts in particular are beautifully comfy and cosy inside and, most importantly, well insulated!
Annascaul is a charming village on the Dingle Peninsula, roughly halfway between Inch Beach and Dingle town. The village is probably most famous for the South Pole Inn, originally owned by Tom Crean the Irish polar explorer. Now the village makes for a great base for anyone wanting to explore this beautiful Kerry peninsula- having bars, places to eat and a local shop.
More info about staying at Dingle Way Glamping:
- Pubs, restaurants and shops all within walking distance
- Inch Beach is just 8 minutes away in the car- one of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches
- Dingle Way Glamping is involved with local rewilding and they put a big emphasis on biodiversity throughout their site (so expect to see lots of native Irish flora and fauna!)
- They have a members club which is (free) and worth signing up to for exclusive offers and promotions
- For more information, to check availability and book: Dingle Way Glamping
7. Mongolian Yurt
This Mongolian Yurt on Airbnb is a great choice for anyone unsure about taking the plunge with glamping…
The yurt itself comes with a king size bed, radiator and romantic fairy lighting. What might interest some people though is the cottage this yurt comes with! Staying here gives you access to a small studio cottage that comes with a sitting area, kitchen, hot shower and toilet facilities. Perfect for anyone nervous about spending the whole night outside under canvas!
Pat and Cecilia’s yurt and cottage is located just outside Castlemaine which makes this a great place to stay if you want to explore both the Dingle Peninsula and Ring of Kerry/ Iveragh Peninsula.
More info about glamping at the Mongolian Yurt:
- Pubs, restaurants and shops all available nearby in Castlemaine (8 minutes drive)
- Check in can be arranged anytime after 5pm. Check out is by 11am
- This Airbnb is not dog or pet friendly
- For more information, to check availability and book: Mongolian Yurt
8. Dromquinna Manor Luxury Glamping
Dromquinna Manor, which dates back to the 1890s, is set in 40 acres of mature parkland and nestled along the coast of Kenmare Bay. The estate offers a number of luxurious glamping options to guests.
The Hideaway is particularly beautiful- secluded from the rest of the estate with waterside views. Dromquinna Manor firmly puts the glam into glamping.
All guests receive a hand delivered breakfast hamper each morning which includes croissants, yoghurts and freshly brewed coffee. Shower and toilet facilities are shared (except for The Hideaway which has it’s own private facilities).
This is a great place to stay for any foodies. The estate has it’s own waterside pizza restaurant and Kenmare, with it’s dozens of award winning restaurants, is a short drive along the coast.
More info about glamping at Dromquinna Manor:
- Pubs, restaurants and shops all available nearby in Kenmare (6 minutes drive)
- Dromquinna Manor is not dog or pet friendly
- Kenmare is Ireland’s only town with more restaurants than bars (over 40 in total!), so you’ll have plenty of choice for lunches and evening meals nearby
- For more information, to check availability and book: Dromquinna Manor