If you’re looking to go glamping in Galway, then you’re in luck. Firstly because Galway is home to some of the best glamping accommodation in all of Ireland. And secondly, because I’ve rounded all of them up here so you can easily find something that takes your fancy. Lucky you! So bookmark this post, share it with your partner or group chat, and let’s find you the glamping site in Galway for you. From shepherds huts and cabins to wagons and yurts, here are 20 amazing glamping holidays in Galway.
Price per night: From €78 for 2 people
Location: Carna, nr Crosspatrick
Why stay here: Let’s kick off this list with one of the most famous places to go glamping in Galway: Earls View Pods. And believe me, these pods are famous for good reason. With views of the Twelve Pins mountain range and the Atlantic, it doesn’t get much more scenic than this. Each pod comprises a double bed, sofa, dining table, kitchenette, and ensuite bathroom. Basically everything you could need for a comfortable stay. However, you won’t want to spend much time when the views are this good and you’ve got an outdoor sitting area with a fire chiminea to admire the scenery from!
What guests say: “I’m a little bit lost for words to describe our experience at Susie and Tom’s beautiful glamping pod. From the moment that we booked it to the moment that we left it, we were so well looked after. The pod was immaculate, with all the amenities you could ever wish for, they even provided us with wood for the fire and lent us a BBQ so we could make our own dinner. The views are stunning and there’s a beach nearby that literally took my breath away.”
Price per night: From €90 for 3 people
Location: Gortnagroagh, nr Rosscahill
Why stay here: The off-grid Hazelwood Hideaway Shepherds Hut has to be one of my all-time favourite places to go glamping in Galway. It’s luxury without breaking the bank! The surprisingly spacious hut sleeps three people across a double bed and a single bed and houses a kitchenette with running water and a gas hob. There’s also a wood-burning stove with ample amounts of firewood to keep you warm and cosy, even on the chilliest of nights. Outside you’ll find a picnic table, a fire pit/BBQ area, and an outhouse bathroom with a hot shower. Dinner alfresco? Yes, please!
What guests say: “Carmel’s Hazelwood Hideaway hut is incredible. I really don’t think words or pictures will do justice to this magical place. We spent the evening enjoying a BBQ by the fire pit and later on we toasted marshmallows and made s’mores. Carmel had thought of everything, she left us crisps and marshmallows and there were roasting sticks ready to go. There are fairy lights and solar lights everywhere along with candles that made the experience so easy.”
Price per night: From €152 for 6 people
Location: Oughterard, nr Rosscahill
Why stay here: Next up we have Wild Atlantic Bus which should be near the top of your list of places to go glamping in Galway purely so you can say “yep, I’ve slept in a green double-decker bus”. But this bus is worth a stay in its own right, aside from how wonderfully quirky it is. After transporting people around England and Ireland for 28 years, it was converted into the beautiful holiday accommodation you see today. The bus comprises three luxurious double beds, a shower room, two seating areas, a fully-fitted kitchen with a Belfast sink, and plenty of storage space! However, you won’t want to shower inside when the outdoor shower brings you a little closer to nature. Don’t worry, no one will see you – well, maybe your cow neighbours!
What guests say: “The love and craftsmanship that went into making the bus a comfortable stylish place to stay is evident from top to bottom. The beautifully fitted kitchen, bathroom, stove, beds and stylish decor makes for a great glamping experience. Outside the planting allows privacy and there is a cool outdoor shower and firepit. There’s plenty of firewood to get the fire going. The thoughtful touches of brown bread, jam, butter and eggs upon arrival were very much appreciated.”
Price per night: From €53 for 2 people
Location: Leagun, nr Clifden
Why stay here: Calling all beach bums, water babies, and anyone who just loves a good view! (I think that pretty much covers off everyone!) It’s safe to say that Clifden Eco Beach Tipis wins the award for the best views of any glamping site in Galway. Book a stay here and you’ll be waking up to golden sands and blue water just a stone’s throw from your tipi. That’s reason enough to stay here but if you want to know a little more about these tipis, they are equipped with airbeds, pillows and camping chairs, perfect for a romantic getaway. This really is paradise.
What guests say: “I rarely write a review, but Clifden Eco Beach is one of those places that deserves a mention. We had a wonderful time. The location and scenery are simply stunning. The beach is white sand with crystal clear water. All the pitches have fabulous views and there is a wonderfully relaxed feel about the place. The facilities are clean and well maintained.”
Price per night: From €120 for 2 people or €140 for 5 people
Location: Portumna, nr Birr
Why stay here: Pod Umna Village is well-loved for good reason. Set in an idyllic tree-lined village landscape, these charming pods may be quite close together but once you’re inside, you’ll feel completely away from the world. Surprisingly spacious inside, each pod sleeps up to five people, with prices varying depending on how many people stay. They’re also a great option for all-year-round stays as each fully-insulated pod benefits from power and heating. And if the pods don’t take your fancy, you can book a stay in their on-site Shepherds Hut instead.
What guests say: “From start to finish, I cannot recommend it highly enough. Dick and Liz are such great hosts. Everyone is made feel so welcome, especially the children. They go above and beyond. The Pods are so cosy and comfortable. The place is spotless. The extra little touches like toasting marshmallows and the magician for the children was such fun.”
Price per night: From €128 for 4 people or €138 for 6 people
Location: Inis Mor, The Aran Islands
Why stay here: If you’re looking for a remote glamping site in Galway, you won’t find anywhere more remote than Aran Islands Glamping. With gorgeous sea views, luxurious accommodation, and some much-sought-after peace and quiet, you really can’t go wrong with a stay here. There are two types of glamping units to choose from: the larger Tigins that sleep up to six people and the smaller Clocháns that sleep up to four people. No matter which you choose, they’re all completely self-contained and oh-so-luxurious.
What guests say: “We had originally booked for TWO nights but we ended up booking a third night because we loved it so much! It was so special. So cosy and just perfect for a couple. The location was fab, our pod was right in front of the gorgeous beach so the views were stunning! It’s approx a 10 min walk up to the Spar shop and Joe Watty’s bar. The staff were great and very helpful.”
Price per night: From €65 for 2 people
Location: Kinvara, nr Galway
Why stay here: These Off-Grid Cabins are ridiculously cute and if that’s not reason enough to book a stay here then I’m not sure what is. With a wood-burning stove and solar-powered lighting, these cabins are almost 100% off-grid. Cute and they have some banging eco-credentials? You’re onto a winner here! Although small, each cabin impressively comprises a bedroom, living room, kitchenette, and ensuite shower room with hot water. Outside there’s a lovely partially covered deck – the perfect spot to enjoy a coffee in the morning or dinner alfresco!
What guests say: “Frank and Catherine were fabulous hosts and nothing was a bother to them. The cabin itself was absolutely spotless and the detail and thought that has gone into the design of the cabin is amazing. From having USB points to charge your phone to little touches like fresh milk in the fridge, tea and coffee. The garage next door is convenient for groceries and Kinvara has some lovely places to eat.”
Price per night: From €192 for 2 people
Location: The Docks, Galway
Why stay here: Looking for something totally different? Well, Polaris Popcorn Houseboat might just be up your street. Not only does it have the cutest name ever, but it also looks the part too. I mean, who can say no to a pink boat? This tastefully refitted seventeen-metre Irish fishing trawler was first built in Wexford in 1982 but was renovated into the holiday home you see today in 2019. While the interior is ridiculously luxurious, my favourite part of the boat has to be the vast glazed weather-proof lounge deck with dining facilities. What an idyllic spot to enjoy your morning coffee, made with your Espresso machine!
What guests say: “Fantastic experience staying on a boat in the centre of Galway city! The location is amazing, near the Spanish arch. We loved the deck area for having a drink in the evening time. A holiday we won’t forget, a staycation with a difference!”
Price per night: From €86 for 4 people
Location: Curraduff Middle, nr Oughterard
Why stay here: Okay I take it back, Alpaca Hut might be the cutest place to go glamping in Galway. This surprisingly spacious accommodation for four has everything you could need for a comfortable stay. Including alpacas! Yep, you didn’t think that was just a quirky name, did you? With alpacas as your neighbours, Alpaca Hut allows you to get closer to nature in the best way possible. (There’s also pygmy goats and chickens too!) The fully-heated hut benefits from a cosy double bed, a sofa bed, lighting, heating, and tea and coffee making facilities. Your private bathroom is just a short stroll away but when the views are this good, there will be no complaints that you have to go outside!
What guests say: “Myself and my husband visited Curraghduff Farm on our minimoon. Ruth and her family were so welcoming and charming. The alpacas were beyond adorable and are so well cared for. The walk was so leisurely and relaxing and worth doing for the beautiful views alone. Ruth pulled out all the stops for us and had special touches like a lovely wedding card and prosecco for us.”
Price per night: From €65 for 2 people or €75 for 4 people
Location: Kinvara, nr Galway
Why stay here: If you’re a history buff or you just fancy feeling like going back in time, then you’ll love a stay in one of Kitty’s Camping Wagons. Wonderfully colourful and eccentric, there are three wagons to choose from, each as simple but as cosy as the last. But when the wagons are nestled in the foothills of the Burren, you won’t want to spend too much time inside anyway. Get out, go for a walk, and soak up some of Galway’s best views! You won’t regret it.
What guests say: “Really liked it here! The site has a good environmentally responsible feel about it. Lots to see on the way to the site with the Burren dominating the skyline and vast fields of stone! The loos are rainwater flushed which we had no issue with and the kitchen is in a hut which is being extended. All really clean and tidy and pretty!”
Price per night: From €72 for 4 people
Location: Camphill, nr Gort
Why stay here: If sustainability’s important to you, then you’ll find an eco stay like no other in Crann Og Eco Cabin. This off-grid delight is hidden away in pristine ancient oak woodlands, benefiting from complete tranquility and privacy. Inside, it has the most comfortable double bed you’ll ever sleep on (with views of the woods!), as well as a kitchenette and a separate private dry composting loo. There’s no Wi-Fi or TVs here but when the surroundings are this beautiful, you’re not going to want to spend your time scrolling on Instagram or reading the news anyway! This is the ultimate digital detox.
What guests say: “The cabin was very cosy and we immediately felt very at home. We cooked ourselves supper in the cabin and lit the fire and candles. Bliss! The bed was very comfy and the place itself very calm and relaxing. We loved the communal area and went there to cook tea and lit big roaring fires, toasted marshmallows and drank wine.”
Price per night: From €25 per person
Location: Ballyglunin, nr Tuam
Why stay here: Set in an eleven-acre site in a special area of conservation along the banks of the beautiful Abbert River, nature is at its best at Whispering Willow Yurts. However, don’t just book a stay here for the scenery – the yurts are just as amazing. On-site you’ll find five authentic Mongolian yurts: three sleep four people, and two sleep six people. Although you’ll only really find your beds inside, there are so many amazing communal areas to cook feasts, play games, relax by an open fire, and more!
What guests say: “The facilities were spot on: large kitchen with all you needed, plenty of toilet and shower facilities. Our yurt itself was nicely decorated, very spacious, warm and comfortable. We were a large group and stayed for New Year’s Eve, the team provided great games, ample food and entertainment through the night.”
Price per night: From €100 for 2 people
Why stay here: So you may not be able to drive this Vintage Camper Van but the experience of sleeping in it is not one that you’ll forget anytime soon! This romantic little getaway for two is ideal for couples looking for something slightly different to your usual hotel or B&B. Hidden away in a private drive in the West End of Galway, you’ll find this novelty campervan. The van itself benefits from heating, a fridge, and wonderful books and art, with your own private bathroom just inside the front door. Get a great night’s sleep before waking up to the ultimate breakie each morning in Ard Bia!
What guests say: “Just beautiful. We absolutely fell in love with Galway and enjoyed our stay very much. Her restaurant, Ard Bia, is truly delicious. We went every day for at least one meal. Also, her cat, Witchy, is one of the sweetest cats I’ve ever met.”
14. Waterfall Hut
Price per night: From €42 for 2 people
Location: Letterfrack, Connemara National Park
Why stay here: The aptly-named Waterfall Hut is set amid some of Galway’s best scenery in the famous Connemara National Park. To be honest, that’s the biggest selling point of this hut and is reason alone to book a stay here. But if you wanted some more reasons, here they are. Firstly, it’s one of the most wallet-friendly glamping holidays in Galway. Secondly, the hut is perfectly placed for you to engage in all sorts of outdoor activities from watersports and hiking to cycling and horse riding. And thirdly: free breakfast! Need I say more?
What guests say: “What a wonderful stay at Stephen’s! The hut was warm and lovely, best sleep ever with the sound of the waterfall and heated blankets. We absolutely loved the common spaces as well. Such a charming, cosy and welcoming place with a really good and friendly vibe from everyone, hosts and guests.”
15. Carriage No 223
Price per night: From €52 for 2 people
Location: Ballinderreen, nr Galway
Why stay here: Looking to stay somewhere full of charm and character? Well, Carriage No 223 provides just that. Steeped in history, this old Irish goods carriage ran on Irish railways from 1930 to 1970, before it was later rescued and turned into the holiday accommodation you see today. Aside from new electrical and plumbing fittings, the owner used entirely upcycled materials when renovating the carriage. Inside, it’s pretty cosy and compact but it has all that you need, including an electric stove, microwave, kettle, two beds, an ensuite bathroom, and Wi-Fi.
What guests say: “As I wouldn’t wish to spoil the surprise, I’d suggest future guests have no expectations and be open and ready for a delightful fun and natural experience. This was a totally authentic and calm escape in a genuinely lovely refurbished carriage. My teenage son and myself were enchanted by the experience which truly unplugged us from the busy city life. Hens, vegetables and natural environment a bonus.”
Price per night: From €37.50 per person
Location: Rushfield, nr Loughrea
Why stay here: One of the cheapest places to go glamping in Galway, Slieve Aughty Cabin looks the part while not breaking the bank. The cabin is set across two floors with a double loft room upstairs and a foldout sofa bed, ensuite and living space downstairs. And if that wasn’t enough, the price also includes a delicious organic home-cooked breakfast at The Three Towers each morning. Delicious! You can even upgrade to full board for only €35 per day per adult and €16 for children. Or if you visit between April and October, you can get involved in their Pizza Parties where you can make your own organic pizza by the handmade clay oven.
What guests say: “Spent two days here with my wife. Stayed in a lovely cabin on site. Great facilities for campers or glampers. Lovely pizza night, homemade in the woodfired oven. Friendly staff, nothing too much trouble. Honesty bar in operation which is great. You do not need to ride horses to enjoy the lovely atmosphere, organic food, pets or the enchanted woods.”
17. Garden Chalet
Price per night: From €90 for 2 people
Location: Mervue, nr Galway
Why stay here: This Garden Chalet may look relatively unassuming from the outside but inside it’s actually one of the most luxurious glamping options on this list. Sumptuous double bed? Tick. Ensuite with hot running water? Tick. A fully-fitted kitchen? Tick! You couldn’t really ask for much more! But don’t worry they give you more anyway: how does a continental breakfast each morning sound, alongside tea and coffee? Good? Then get yourself booked in for a stay here!
What guests say: “We enjoyed our stay here immensely. Both the owner and the property ticked a lot of boxes for me. It was exactly as advertised: a beautiful, private little chalet not far from Galway city centre. It was sparkling clean and all amenities were provided. The host was very informative and accommodating throughout our stay.”
Price per night: From €110 for 4 people
Location: Loch Na Fooey, nr Finny
Why stay here: So everyone knows there’s always the option of sleeping in a caravan, right? But does every caravan sit by itself on the shores of Loch Na Fooey with some of the best views in all of Galway? I’m gonna guess it’s a no. But good views are exactly what you’ll get if you book a stay in Loughnafooey Caravan. Inside you’ll find everything you’d expect from a caravan, including a double bed, two single beds, a kitchenette and ensuite. Book a stay here and you’ll soon find yourself paddling in the lake, watching the sunset, and toasting marshmallows by the fire. Idyllic!
What guests say: “Absolutely wish we were still there! We had an amazing time. Absolutely perfect if you are desperate to get away from it all, relax and have some peace and quiet. The isolated location and lake are beautiful and the hosts go above and beyond with local recommendations and suggestions. The caravan is simple but very clean, and it’s just a lovely place to relax when evening comes.”
19. The Suburban Pod
Price per night: From €55 for 2 people
Why stay here: Galway sure does love its glamping pods, right? Just like its counterparts, The Suburban Pod is well-equipped and cosy. The pod comprises a double sofa bed, a small kitchenette with a coffee machine and fridge, and an ensuite bathroom. While the pod is pretty small, you’re walking distance from a plethora of shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes, so you’ll definitely never run out of things to do or places to eat.
What guests say: “The pod is quirky and cosy, perfect for a short get away! Both Alison and John were so welcoming, giving plenty of local recommendations! The pod is only a short walk from the town which had so many restaurants, cafes and pubs to choose from! We will definitely be back!”
Price per night: From €55 for 3 people
Location: Ballinderreen, nr Galway
Why stay here: Last but absolutely by no means least we have Rural Retreat Tiny House, an accommodation option that is ironically bigger than most on this list. Tiny, who? Originally a truck body that has since been transformed into a self-contained apartment, this accommodation option is full of charm and character. I love how light, airy and open-plan the apartment is. It’s also lovingly filled with lots of surprises such as tea, coffee, and a welcome breakfast pack. However, the real party starts as soon as you step outside. With a barbeque, outdoor seating, a sauna and plunge pool to discover, it’s safe to say you won’t want to spend a second inside!
What guests say: “Laura’s renovated lorry is fantastic. It’s beautifully furnished and incredibly comfortable with no worries regarding being cold (the gas heater was very easy and quick to adjust). We found the location beautiful and discovered a little quay at the end of the road, which was a great spot for a BBQ and watching the sunset. We even returned in the morning for a quick plunge in the Atlantic!”
So there you have it: 20 amazing glamping holidays in Galway. After reading this list, where are you most desperate to go glamping in Galway? Please let me know in the comments below. For me, I think it has to be Clifden Eco Beach Tipis or Aran Islands Glamping for those sea views alone. You really can’t beat waking up to the sound of the waves crashing against the shore! But regardless of which option you pick, I know you’ll have an amazing holiday.
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