Monday, 11 July 2016

Three Leitrim Glamping sites make it to the Irish Times top 50

Article by Róisín Finlay

Pink Apple Orchard

Co Leitrim

All guests – all of the adults, anyway – are treated to a carafe of home-made organic cider when they arrive at this glamping site set among the trees of an apple farm on Lough Allen, 20 minutes from Drumshanbo. Almost everything here is home made, including the weatherproof communal area, three yurts, tepee and bow-topped gypsy caravan, all decked out with double beds and stoves. The site sleeps 21 and is ideal for families, couples or quiet hens. It’s a back-to-nature retreat with lots of walking nearby. The play area is centred around an old boat. Ecocredentials include compost toilets and an organic garden.

Glamping accommodation starts at €50 per person per night;

Teapot Lane

Co Leitrim

If you want to bring your camping to new heights, this site in Tawley has a tree house floating a lofty 3m off the ground. It sleeps two or three people and has a pot-belly stove, a small kitchen and a deck for lounging among the leaves. Other accommodation includes a dinky 1970s caravan, four yurts (sleeping two to six people) and a cottage (sleeping eight). Woodland campfires surrounded by rustic seating, jars of marshmallows for roasting, spa treatments, a fairy garden and kids’ tree house all add ambience. Professional catering, DJ or acoustic musicians can also be organised.

Accommodation costs from €150 per night for two people;

Battlebridge Caravan, Camping & Glamping Park

Co Leitrim

In the perfect spot to exploit the Shannon Blueway cycling, walking and kayaking trail, this site offers pods, stilted cabins, shepherd’s huts and a vintage caravan, as well as traditional tent and caravan pitches. You’re right by the water, with wild swimming, and boat and kayak hire nearby, and there’s a small kids’ playground too. In the evenings you can kick back in the lovely old pub onsite, where excellent food and regular trad sessions lend a lively atmosphere. Leitrim village is a short walk away if you want a change of scene.

Tent pitches start at €15; caravan and motorhome pitches from €20; other accommodation from €200 for two nights;

To read the full article go to: Top 50 Glamping sites in Ireland

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