10 Dog-Friendly Glamping Sites in Ireland (2021)

They are called “Man’s Best Friend” for a reason (..Although we all know they love their moms more). Does the idea of going on a holiday this summer and leaving your best friend behind send a shiver down your back?

As the Living With Covid plan is showing signs of some freedom this summer, and we have all been inside too long, why not treat yourself and your dog to an outdoor adventure (and your family too, if they insist on tagging along)?

If you are not quite ready to give up flushing toilets just yet… good news, we have been on the hunt for Dog-Friendly Glamp Sites across Ireland so that there will be No Paws Left Behind on your Staycation this summer.

Although the word ‘Glamping’ was only coined in 2005, glamorous camping has been around since at least the 16th Century, when Henry VIII and Francis I held a diplomatic summit know as the Field of the Cloth of Gold, which, as well as 2,800 lavishly decorated tents, included fountains that ran with red wine!!! ….Sign me up!

Although none of the Glamping Sites we spoke to listed red wine fountain as an amenity, they all have an array of home comforts that will please even the most reluctant camper, and best of all, they are all dog-friendly!

Here are some of the best dog-friendly glamping staycation destinations for pet parents in Ireland.

Aran Islands Camping & Glamping - Kilronan, Co. Galway


After popular demand, Aran Islands Camping and Glamping launched their pet-friendly room options in October 2020. Offering a unique glamping experience, the glamp site is located a stones throw away from the idyllic sandy Frenchman's Beach which overlooks Kilronan Harbour, Galway Bay and the other Aran Islands. Their pet-friendly pods can sleep up to 4 humans and one dog, and the red carpet is rolled out, as their furry guests receive a pet pack that includes dog water and food bowls, doggy bags, walking leash and some very yummy dog treats.

  • Dog limit - 1 dog per room
  • Leash - Must be kept on a lead within the campsite
  • Dog-Friendly Rooms - Clochán glamping unit
  • Size Restrictions - Small and medium dogs (maximum weight of 40lbs/18kgs)
  • Breed Restrictions - Yes, any breeds deemed dangerous are not allowed
  • Suggested Activities - Take your pup down to the dog-friendly beaches located a short walk from the campsite, or enjoy some of the unrivaled walking and hiking trails nearby
  • Additional Fee - €35 per night
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Ballyvolane House - Castlylyons, Co. Cork 


Glamping at Ballyvolane is perfect place for pet owners to experience the magic of nature. Their pet-friendly bell tents can accommodate anywhere from 2 to 4 guests per tent, and the Glamping Ark can also sleep 2 people. Guests will have full access a large communal kitchen and the dining area is a beautiful terrace for you to enjoy your meals in the fresh air. Their comfortable beds are made from recycled jeans and organic lamb’s wool and are covered with washable cotton ticking. This glamping holiday is only available in the summer months from May - September. These luxury rentals are the perfect way for the entire family to spend quality time together, whether it is enjoying a nearby forestry walk with your furry friend, or hopping into the car for a drive to the beach. Book now for an unforgettable stay with your beloved pet and be sure to pack your four-legged friend's water bowl, dog food, dog bed and blanket.

  • Dog limit - 1 dog per room
  • Leash - Must be kept on a lead in all public areas
  • Dog-Friendly Rooms - All room types are dog-friendly, this includes rooms in the house
  • Size Restrictions - None, all sized dogs welcome
  • Breed Restrictions - None, all dogs welcome
  • Suggested Activities - There are number of forestry walks nearby, the nearest beaches are 40 minutes drive; Ballycotton, Garryvoe, Ardmore, Youghal. Kinsale is a great day trip and only 50 minutes drive
  • Additional Fee - None, dogs stay free!

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Chleire Haven - Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork


Glamping on Cape Clear Island is a unique experience, and the perfect excuse to grab your furry friends and enjoy the fresh Irish air. Located on Cape Clear Island (only 8 miles off from the mainland), Chleire Haven not only welcomes dogs but it is one of the best places to stay for all of your camping adventures. Choose from a luxury pet-friendly yurt, stylish Bell Tents or bring your own tent and make this camping trip one for the books. Don't forget to pack your four-legged friend's water bowl, dog food, dog bed and blanket, tennis balls and favorite toys, as there is plenty of space to play and enjoy this hidden gem together.

  • Dog limit - No limit
  • Leash - Must be kept on a lead on all public walks, but can go without within the campsite
  • Dog-Friendly Rooms - Yurts, Bell Tents and Personal tents
  • Size Restrictions - None, all sized dogs welcome
  • Breed Restrictions - None, all dogs welcome
  • Suggested Activities - Enjoy walking the acres of beautiful countryside and breathtaking scenery
  • Additional Fee - None, dogs stay free!
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Lough Mardal Lodge - Ballintra, Co. Donegal

 
Lough Mardal Lodge offers 2 luxury off-grid dog-friendly yurt glamping accommodations on the shore of Lough Mardal in the beautiful wild west of Ireland. With 90 acres of land, all of the accommodations are well-spaced ensuring that you have plenty of privacy and seclusion.  Enjoy a taste of bohemian luxury, with extra warm winter duvets, crisp linen, and Donegal woolen blankets. Enjoy the starry night from the comfort of your bed through the clear sky dome, all while having your furry best friend next to you. 

  • Dog limit - 1 dog per yurt
  • Leash - Must be kept on a lead within the campsite
  • Size Restrictions - All sized dogs welcome
  • Breed Restrictions - All dog breeds are welcome
  • Dog-Friendly Rooms - The Grove and The Bog Yurts 
  • Suggested Activities - Take a hike up the hill for stunning panoramic views of the lakes, Donegal Bay, and the Bluestack Mountain Ranges
  • Additional Fee - €20 per stay 
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Nire Valley Eco Camp - Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford

 
Taking glamorous camping to a new level, Nire Valley Eco Camp, offers dog-friendly cabin bedrooms that don’t just offer a great view, they are in the view. Think of a “bedroom in a meadow”, and we think it sounds quite fantastic. Surrounded by farmland, and on an elevated site, they are located in the middle of some of the most unspoiled countryside in Ireland. 

  • Leash - Must be kept on a lead when away from the cabin
  • Dog-Friendly Rooms - Cabins are dog-friendly
  • Suggested Activities - Try some of the first-class walks and hikes in the Comeragh Mountains
  • Additional Fee - None, dogs stay free!
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Rock Farm Slane - Slane, Co. Meath


This dog-friendly glamping hub offers an array of pet-friendly accommodations from luxury yurts to shepherd's huts and bell tents, to two large holiday homes. For those family members that are not 100% sold on the glamping site experience, their lovely 6-bedroom Lime House offers luxury accommodation with all of the comforts of home such as WiFi, private gardens, wood-fired outdoor hot tub, natural swimming pools and access to dog-friendly walks on their organic farm and along the River Boyne. Cats are also welcome! Make sure you follow them on Facebook, as they always publish any last minute booking opportunities.

  • Dog limit - Usually 2 dogs per guest but can sometimes accommodate 3 dogs (you should call and confirm first)
  • Leash - Must be kept on a lead as it is a working farm 
  • Dog-Friendly Rooms - All room types are dog-friendly
  • Size Restrictions - None, all sized dogs welcome (however, 2 big dogs in the shepherds hut or swallow's nest wouldn't be advised)
  • Breed Restrictions - None, all dogs welcome
  • Suggested Activities - Make sure you take a walk along the Boyne River, it is lovely!
  • Additional Fee - €15 per stay
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Podumna Village - Portumna, Co. Galway


The best way to go camping is to go glamping! There are no poles, pegs, damp or draughts, but you still get to enjoy all of the beautiful surroundings. These pet-friendly pods are set in a tree-lined village landscape and are just two minutes walking from the Portumna forest park. Made up of a 1,500 acre woodlands with a variety of trails, setting you up for the perfect day of adventure with your pup. Having been dog-friendly for over 5 years, they welcome dogs of all sizes, however, they suggest you call before booking as some of the pods have less floor space. So if you are traveling with a big dog, they will happily advise you which luxury pod will be the most comfortable.

  • Dog limit - 1 dog per room
  • Leash - Must be kept on a lead within the campsite
  • Dog-Friendly Rooms - All pods are dog-friendly
  • Size Restrictions - All sized dogs welcome
  • Breed Restrictions - All dog breeds are welcome
  • Suggested Activities - Take your best friendly for a long walk around the Portumna forrest park. There is also the Lough Derg swimming area, where they whole family can jump off the pier and swim. 
  • Additional Fee - €20 per dog

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Purecamping - Querrin, Co. Clare

 
A small family run glamping site, that offers off-grid wooden pet-friendly cabins, furnished and unfurnished bell tents, and a very cool Yoga centre. Set in the small village of Querrin, come and be close to nature, and really experience Ireland’s flora and fauna. From May to September, this luxury camping experience is waiting for you and your family to join. Make sure you reserve the sauna, or try your hand at making your own pizza with their pizza oven, or walk one of the many coastal trails along The Wild Atlantic Way.

  • Leash - Must be kept on a lead within the campsite
  • Dog-Friendly Rooms - Holly cabin, unfurnished bell tent, and all camping areas 
  • Suggested Activities - Take a drive along the stunning Wild Atlantic Way or head over and stretch your legs on the Loop Head Heritage Trail
  • Additional Fee - €20 per dog 
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Wildflower Glamping - Killykeen, Co. Cavan


Nestled on top of a hill, this glamp site overlooks the stunning countryside views of Co. Cavan. With lovely scenery and plenty of space for your pup, it has everything you need to relax. Located only two minutes from the Killykeen Forest park, the entire family can enjoy the mixed woodlands, magnificent forest walks, bike trails, and great fishing spots. In the evenings you can sit down next to their outdoor fire pit and enjoy toasting marshmallows and making lifelong memories. 

  • Dog limit - 2 dogs 
  • Dog-Friendly Rooms - The shepherd’s hut is dog-friendly 
  • Size Restrictions - All sized dogs welcome
  • Breed Restrictions - All dog breeds are welcome
  • Leash - Must be kept on a lead within the campsite
  • Suggested Activities - Explore the Killykeen Forest park that covers more than 600 acres of woodlands or take a refreshing dip in one of the many lakes.
  • Additional Fee - €20 
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Willowbrook Glamping & Hideaways in Ballaghaderreen, County Roscommon


Willowbrook Glamping & Hideaways is a picturesque dog-friendly glamping and camping park on the banks of the River Lung, Ballaghaderreen, County Roscommon. They have got a little bit of paradise here, and they are delighted to be able to share it with you and your four-legged friends. They have one dog-friendly Yurt available, "The Yurty and The Tramp" with a set fee of €30 per dog per stay. For any of their camping guests (tents/motorhomes/caravans), there are no pet fees, and a limit of 2 dogs per group. They only ask that you make sure you clean up after your pup and keep them on a lead. There are 21 beautiful acres where you can wander and explore, so grab your tent and hiking boots as this is the perfect spot for your next pet-friendly adventure. 

  • Dog limit - 2 dogs 
  • Leash - Must be kept on a lead within the campsite
  • Dog-Friendly Rooms - The Yurty and The Tramp and all camping areas (tents/motorhomes/caravans)
  • Size Restrictions - All sized dogs welcome
  • Breed Restrictions - All dog breeds are welcome
  • Suggested Activities - Discover Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands or go for a trail walk around local Irish bog land
  • Additional Fee for Yurt Guests- €30 per dog 
  • Additional Fee for Camping Guests - None, dogs stay free!

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Inch Hideaway in Whitegate, Co. Cork


Inch Hideaway is an eco-sustainable, dog-friendly glampsite, with luxury Yurts and a double-decker bus for your glamping experience. Immersed in the Irish countryside, this glampsite is right in the middle of Ireland's Ancient East trail. Each luxury yurt has its own private gardens, granting you as much intimacy as you desire. Enjoy some of the child-friendly amenities such as a giant swing, sea-saw, and trampoline. They kindly ask that you notify them at the time of booking if you will be traveling with your pup, and to be aware that there are other animals living onsite. 

  • Dog limit - No dog limit
  • Leash - Must be kept on a lead within the campsite
  • Dog-Friendly Rooms - Dog-friendly campsite and glamping units
  • Size Restrictions - All sized dogs welcome
  • Breed Restrictions - All dog breeds are welcome
  • Suggested Activities - Take a walk down to the beautiful dog-friendly Inch beach in Whitegate.
  • Additional Fee - None, dogs stay for free!
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Will you be taking a trip with your dog this Summer?
 
While you are enjoying your vacation with the family pet, enjoy the local culture by eating and drinking out in dog-friendly restaurants, cafés, and bars, all of which, and more, you can easily discover on our website.

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