My family hail from Co. Cork so I may be a little biased but Cork is one of my favourite places to visit in Ireland. From the bustling capital to the stunning coastline to the colourful towns, there is so much to love about Cork. Glamping probably isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Cork but the county is home to an array of amazing glamping sites. So if you’re planning a glamping trip in Cork, count yourself lucky as there’s bound to be something that’s up your street. So from cabins, wagons and geodomes to yurts, tents and shepherd huts, here are 19 amazing glamping holidays in Cork that you need to go on!
Price per night: €185 for 2 people
Location: Fermoy, Co. Cork
Why stay here: Modelled on the traditional pig ark, the aptly named Pig Ark is one of my favourite places to go glamping in Cork. Outside you’ll find rare-breed pigs roaming the grounds, along with the large flock of Muscovy ducks and hens, and four very friendly dogs! Wildlife lovers will love the beautiful Ballyvolane House grounds, with tennis courts, a walled garden, a 5-aside football pitch and lakes to explore. Inside, the small cabin is simple but cosy. Local Crinnaughtaun Apple juice, a jar of homemade chocolate cookies and a complimentary full Irish breakfast await you every morning, so you’ll leave Ballyvolane with happy tastebuds and happy memories!
Price per night: €160 for 2 adults or 2 adults and 2 children
Location: Fermoy, Co. Cork
Why stay here: If the enchanting Ballyvolane House appeals to you but you want to get a little closer to nature, then why not consider sleeping under the stars in Ballyvolane’s Bell Tents instead? Their four-metre tents sleep two adults and their five-metre tents sleep two adults and up to three children, so there’s something for everyone. Inside, the tents are fully-kitted out with beds, bedside tables, chair and coir carpet. The futon style beds and comfy mattresses are made by the Natural Mat Company, so although you may be sleeping close to the ground, it won’t be in a sleeping bag. In fact, these tents are so spacious that you can even stand upright within them!
Price per night: From €130 for 2 people
Location: Cork, Co. Cork
Why stay here: Urban Tranquilatree is one of the most famous treehouses in Ireland. And for good reason! It’s not every day that you find a treehouse in a city, after all. Just a five-minute walk into Cork city centre, the treehouse is a quiet oasis in the heart of the city. Set six metres off the ground, high in the leafy treetops with panoramic views of the city, the views alone make a stay here worth it. Wake up in the morning and you’ll receive warm croissants and preserve directly to the deck in a basket by a pulley from ground level.
What guests say: “Best Airbnb we have ever stayed in! The treehouse has the most beautiful views of Cork and kept us warm and cosy on a wet, cold and windy weekend. We slept so well and enjoyed thoughtful touches like the abundance of tea, fresh breakfast via pulley in the morning and extra blankets. Taking a hot shower in the tree was also surprisingly easy and comfortable thanks to the thoughtful and impressive design of everything. It really is amazing.”
Price per night: From €150 for 2 people
Location: Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Why stay here: If you’re looking for one of the quirkier glamping holidays in Cork, then you’ll love Mountain Forge Escape Dome. I mean, how many people can say they’ve slept in a geodome, right? This out-of-this-world experience takes glamping to a whole new level with its unique architectural design, large transparent window, and even air conditioning! Inside, the dome comprises a stove, sockets, a comfy bed, swinging seat, and a toilet, and outside you’ll find a private porch, two deck chairs and a brick pathway that meanders along to a sit-down fire pit area. So who’s ready to toast marshmallows beneath the starry sky?
What guests say: “Stayed in the luxury dome for two nights last weekend. I am not a camper, not even a glamper ,but this magical gem has turned all of that around. The thoughtful attention to detail, the wonderful people that run this gorgeous place andI cannot even find the words to express how spotlessly clean everything is there. We will definitely return again and again.”
Price per night: From €139 for 2 people
Location: Glengarriff, Co. Cork
Why stay here: The Botanical Bell Tent has to be one of my favourite places to go glamping in Cork, just for that setting alone! But don’t just let the beautiful woodland surroundings persuade you to book a stay here because the interior is just as special. Beautifully furnished with a king-size bed, indoor and outdoor seating, feather cushions, wool blankets, and cosy coir flooring, you really couldn’t ask for much more. Your trip will start off on a great foot when you arrive to a welcome hamper of homemade and local treats, and the knowledge that each morning will start with a feast of fresh flavours from their kitchen garden. So whether you’re a foodie, love nature, or are an avid glamper, you’ll love a stay in this bell tent.
What guests say: “The Botanical Bell Tent is an experience not to be missed! A beautiful setting with really thoughtful touches, making it feel very cosy and homely. Kloe’s breakfasts are uniquely interesting, delicious and wonderful. We had a different option every day and loved trying them all.”
Price per night: From €102 for 5 people
Location: Goleen, Co. Cork
Why stay here: Lovingly handmade by its owners, Goleen Harbour Eco Cabin really is a total labour of love. In fact, it was made with love in mind, making it ideal for a couple, but it can sleep five people if you wish! The large doors and windows maximise light and allow you to soak up the amazing views down the garden and across the head of the harbour from the comfort of your own bed. However, the views are best enjoyed from the front deck! You’ve also got 38-acres of farm to explore, including a harbour cliff walk with some of Cork’s best views.
What guests say: “We spent three days in the area visiting wonderful beaches and going on coastal drives, the location is the best I’ve ever stayed. The cabin was like a home from home. There were so many lovely touches like the fairy lights on the deck. I really can not say enough lovely things so just imagine your dream weekend driving around West Cork and then coming home to a cosy and comfortable cabin. We got the best nights sleep there which is always a good thing.”
Price per night: From €169 for 2 people
Location: Skibbereen, Co. Cork
Why stay here: Grove House is home to three treehouses in Ireland, each as amazing as the last! And most importantly, they are all 100% constructed from sustainable materials, meaning they leave no carbon footprint. Ascend the tree-trunks that act as steps and enter the treehouse to be greeted by gorgeous cosy interiors. There’s a spacious open-plan living, sleeping and dining area and a separate bathroom with a quirky sink and walk-in shower. But the best thing about these treehouses is their decks. Open the French doors and you’ll discover a large deck overlooking the countryside, with a private two-person Canadian hot tub, chairs and a table.
What guests say: “Treehouse 2 exceeded our expectations and was even better than it looked on the website. All the small, extra touches made us feel very welcome and were much appreciated. The Treehouse is beautifully decorated inside and was very clean upon arrival. The fact that there were tea, coffee and milk waiting for us was an added bonus. The hot tub is fabulous and adds so much to your stay.”
Price per night: From €99 for 2 people
Location: Leap, Co. Cork
Why stay here: One of the most romantic places to go glamping in Cork, Aoife Shepherds Hut is a lovely little home away from home. The interior is oh-so-cute and cosy with a sumptuous queen-size cabin bed with a small window for you to peer out onto the surrounding field. There’s also a surprisingly spacious kitchenette and bathroom, making the hut completely self-contained. And you’ll want the hut to be self-contained in case the weather takes a turn for the worst. I mean, this is West Cork after all…
What guests say: “The place was amazing. The fire pit outside was so lovely, there were fire lighters and wood left out to light it. The breakfast hamper was also such a nice touch, would 10/10 recommend it it was with homemade goods. The place was compact but we never found ourselves stuck for space it was absolutely perfect for two people. SUPER comfy bed.”
Price per night: From €143 for 2 people
Location: Ballycroneen, Co. Cork
Why stay here: If you just want to get away from civilisation for a few nights, then I couldn’t recommend a stay in this Secluded Coastal Studio enough! The views from the studio are enough to make anyone forget about all their worries – seriously, you’ll just feel them melt away. You can enjoy the views from the outdoor furniture or through the floor to ceiling windows while cosied up inside in front of the Yotul log burner. Additionally, the fully-equipped kitchen and shower room mean you can easily spend all your time inside if you need to.
What guests say: “There are no words! But I’ll try. Incredible space, stunning style, insane views – the uninterrupted horizon – the sea, the sun, the moon. Watched the sunrise from bed, the moonrise in front of the wood burner and the sunset from the shower! Magical. Did not want to leave. Ever! I’m coming back as soon as possible. The style was epic. Felt curated with so many lovely details and everything was such gorgeous quality.”
Price per night: From €110 for 4 people
Location: Ballycotton, Co. Cork
Why stay here: Simple yet comfortable, Glamping Pod Shanagarry is another great option for those looking to go glamping in Cork. Set in a gorgeous field with sea views, the setting is nothing short of picturesque. Inside, there’s a double bed, sofa bed, TV, coffee and tea making facilities, a kitchenette, and a bathroom.
11. The Lux Bus
Price per night: From €106 for 7 people
Location: Cobh, Co. Cork
Why stay here: Ever fancied sleeping on a double-decker bus? Well, you may not have ever considered it before but you definitely won’t regret booking a stay on The Lux Bus. This unique vintage double-decker bus has been lovingly converted into the modern holiday home you see today. The bus comprises two bedrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, a living area, a built-in fire, and a shower room. Each room comes complete with a TV and Wi-Fi, but if you want some screen-free time there’s also a range of books and board games to get stuck into!
What guests say: “If I could say anything to anyone thinking about booking the Lux Bus, it’s do it now! We found a little gem when we came across it and it’s clear why it’s always booked up. Everything you could need in a very cool, funky package. The place is pristine and has absolutely everything you’d need. Laura has thought of everything, fresh towels, toiletries, tea, coffee etc. The cab with the driver’s seat was our daughter’s favourite place.”
Price per night: From €65 for 4-8 people
Location: Whitegate, Co. Cork
Why stay here: Inch Hideaway is home to four amazing handbuilt yurts that are individually decorated, well-insulated, and sure to completely immerse you in nature. Not only are the interiors cosy and comfortable but each yurt also benefits from its own private garden space with picnic tables and a BBQ. Perfect for long summer evenings cooking and dining alfresco! And if you want to make your stay extra special and come back to normal life feeling totally refreshed, then book a personal treatment in their dedicated therapy room. You can treat yourself to a holistic massage, craniosacral therapy, yoga classes and more!
What guests say: “We stayed here for five nights in a beautiful spacious yurt. Each night was spent meeting others around the cosy campfire while our two boys entertained Themselves with the other kids on the trampoline, table tennis, crawling through hidden tunnels, and enjoying the freedom of staying up well past bedtime! Coleen and Fabrizio were fantastic hosts and we loved both the bbq night and the pizza night.”
Price per night: From €107 for 4 people
Location: Whitegate, Co. Cork
Why stay here: After something seriously unique? Well, good because Inch Hideaway Wanderly Wagon takes unique to a whole new level! Positioned beside a babbling stream, Wanderly Wagon sits in an idyllic setting on Inch Hideaway’s site that will take you far from the stresses of modern life. The beautifully up-cycled school bus has been lovingly converted into double-decker bus style accommodation that comprises two bedrooms, a kitchenette, and a shower room. Full of charm and character, there’s so much to love about the bus, from the mezzanine sleeping areas to the cosy wood-fired stove.
What guests say: “Stayed here recently. Highly recommended, so eco-friendly, enjoyable, and relaxing. Stayed in the Wanderly Wagon, kids loved it. Unlimited pizza on Saturday night, sat around the campfire just chilling, hosts are brilliant. Will definitely return.”
14. Corcoran’s Pod
Price per night: From €45 for 4 people
Location: Toonsbridge, Co. Cork
Why stay here: Corcoran’s Pod is a great, affordable option for families looking to go glamping in Cork. However, it can also sleep four adults if you fancy going on a glamping double date! Inside, the pods are comfortable and cosy and comprise a double bed, double sofa bed, and ensuite. And if you really want to make your stay extra special (and not have to lift a finger!) you can book a continental breakfast for €4 per head and an evening meal for €7 per head.
What guests say: “We had the pleasure of staying in the pod, cosy and clean, had the little outdoor campfire going into the night, cooking sausages, watching the stars. Lovely setting, great for kids and will only get better as the gardens mature. Moira is a lovely host, could not do enough for us and Pedro the dog so calm and well mannered. Tranquil and peaceful, the dawn chorus from the birds was something special.”
Price per night: From €75 for 3 people
Location: Kilbrittain, Co. Cork
Why stay here: Quirky’s the name and it’s also the game. The Quirky Nesbitt Land Boat provides a glamping holiday in Cork that you won’t forget anytime soon! Surrounded by some of Cork’s best countryside, alongside three friendly donkeys, staying here is a great way to get back to nature. Nesbitt is a 37ft land-based boat that was originally destined for the scrap heap before she was lovingly transformed into the holiday home you see today. Inside you’ll find a cosy and colourful triangular-shaped double bed, galley kitchen, living space, and a shower room.
What guests say: “We thoroughly enjoyed our stay on Nesbitt. The work and attention to detail Dawna has put into the boat is excellent. The superb location mixed with the quirky accommodation makes this a spot I would highly recommend and we would definitely revisit. Dawna was very welcoming, made us feel at home, and was able to give great local recommendations.”
Price per night: From €56 for 2 people, €66 for 3 people, €76 for 4 people, and €86 for 5/6 people
Location: Skibbereen, Co. Cork
Why stay here: If you want to stay at a glamping site in Cork that has amazing views, then Chléire Haven Yurts absolutely have to be at the top of your list of places to stay! The views really do speak for themselves but if you want any more reasons to stay here then I’ll share them with you. Situated on Cape Clear, Ireland’s most southerly Irish speaking inhabited island, some eight miles off the coast of West Cork, this is an off-grid escape if I’ve ever seen one. Inside, the yurts benefit from soft furnishings, large scatter cushions, beanbags, real beds and a log-burning stove to keep you warm and cosy on even the chilliest of nights!
What guests say: “From the moment our bags were picked up at the pier by the smiling welcoming, Lyndy we could feel the stress of a very busy year easing from us. Our Yurt was so cosy, comfortable and spotlessly clean and the view of South Harbour from the bed was breath taking. The shower block was spotlessly clean with piping hot water at all times. Finbar and Lyndy were excellent hosts. This is a magical place.”
Price per night: From €69 for 2 people
Location: Dromdaleague, Co. Cork
Why stay here: Not many places do countryside views quite like Top of the Rock Pods. If you get the opportunity to check out these views in person, I urge you to do so! On-site you’ll find seven pods to choose from, as well as a funky little caravan for those seeking something different. The pods range from ‘standard’ to ‘family’ to ‘luxury’ so there’s something to suit every budget, party size and requirement. However, all are cosy and comfortable – and most importantly, they all benefit from some amazing views!
What guests say: “What can I say about Top of the Rock that hasn’t been said already? David and family can’t do any more to make you welcome. The pod was spotless when we arrived and a travel cot was available from the reception for our youngest. With a fridge and microwave, we had everything we needed for the stay. The kids loved it. The park is so safe, they were besotted with the animals particularly at feeding time.”
18. Rural Cabin
Price per night: From €45 for 2 people
Location: Killahangel, Co. Cork
Why stay here: One of the cheapest places to go glamping in Cork, you really can’t go wrong with a stay in the slightly eccentric Rural Cabin. The highlight of the cabin is, of course, your private decking from which you can enjoy your lovingly homemade complimentary breakfast while soaking up the elevated views of the West Cork countryside. However, the views are also pretty good at sunset too! And that’s not to forget about the stargazing opportunities here. The cabin comprises a double sofa bed, electricity, tea and coffee making facilities, and an outdoor eco ensuite with a hot shower. You can’t really ask for much more.
What guests say: “Trish and Pete’s place is great! It’s so quirky if you’re looking for something different. The room is cosy clean and has everything you need. I especially loved the chickens running around outside the cabin and the delicious breakfast each morning. The homemade granola, scones and jam delivered in a basket were delicious and a wonderful touch. Thank you so much, Pete and Trish, you were both great hosts and we enjoyed meeting you.”
Price per night: From €104 for 2 people
Location: Formanes, Co. Cork
Why stay here: Last but absolutely by no means least we have Eyeries Glamping Pods. These brand new luxury timber frame pods are ridiculously romantic and intimate. They may be smaller but that just means you’ve got an extra excuse to cosy up to your partner, right? Not only are they romantic but they also have amazing mountain views that you won’t be able to get enough of. You won’t be interrupted here at all, aside from the occasional cat, dog, bunny, bird or cow! Just scrolling through all the photos now, I can’t tell you how badly I want to stay here.
What guests say: “Julie’s place was above and beyond We expected! The thoughtful details, sparkling clean and the stunning view. We even enjoyed the sound of the rain while being cosy inside with the chocolate and hot tea! We definitely will come back. Julie is the perfect host, She offered a lot of tips and places for our photography travel and she was flexible and truly welcoming.”
So there you have it: 19 amazing glamping holidays in Cork that you need to go on! I can’t get enough of these glamping sites, especially Urban Tranquilatree Treehouse, Forge Escape Dome and Chléire Haven Yurts. But how about you? Which of these glamping holidays in Cork has most caught your eye? Please let me know in the comments below!
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