Thinking of glamping in Ireland in winter? DO IT! Six of us decided on going away together in November for a girly weekend. We got a sweet deal on Groupon for six people at 28 euro for two nights per person to stay in pod style cabin in Battlebridge Caravan and Camping site, Carrick on Shannon, Co.Leitrim. Carrick on Shannon is known for it’s fab lake walks and nightlife (possibly every hen and stag in Ireland on any given weekend).
First tip: A car is a must, most of the glamping parks are off the beaten track and its by far the best way to explore all the Loughs that Leitrim had to offer! We found the park pretty easily with google maps guiding us on our merry way from Dublin. We arrived at night and nearly (NEARLY) drove straight into the Shannon because it was so dark and the dock is open for boats with no lights around it. Crisis averted by my co pilot! (it reminded me of the scene in the US Office where Michael listens to the Sat Nav and drives straight into the lake… thankfully I had Laura as the voice of reason) Thanks Lau xoxo
Packing for glamping: BRING WARM STUFF! No seriously just bring a pair of booties, loads of fluffy pjs, extra pairs of socks and casual clothes for during the day because the walks around the lakes are a must and this particular glamping area is right on the Shannon in the heart of the countryside. Hot water bottles are essential. My friend Ali put one into my bed when she came home from the night out so when I came in my bed was warm…. AMAZING! We brought loads of food we didn’t need so just a few bits is enough to keep you going.
We went to Lena’s Tea Room http://lenastearoom.ie/ for lunch, the menu had gourmet sandwiches, salmon and vegetarian quiches, in season soups and yummy pastries. The food was outstanding! We all got soup and a sandwich eg. bacon, cheese and pear or chicken and mayo. The soup was divine with seasonal roast vegetables. Price wise it’s so reasonable at around 11 euro for lunch and a coffee. The service was even better with the owner/manager Deridre showing us places we might like to visit for walks and a girly day out. She even got us maps and directed us toward a walk she and her dog go on. The cafe has a quirky vintage style with trinkets adorning all the walls. I would go back in a heartbeat (we all still rant on about the bread).
Lough Key Forest Park is where Deirdre directed us toward for a stunning walk. If Zip-It is your thing then head here as there was no ques and everyone seemed to have a laugh. I am afraid of heights so I stayed firmly on the ground, thank you! There is a derelict castle on an island in the middle of the lake which was pretty cute for a cheeky Instagram and the walk around half of the lake was just lovely with all the leaves falling and autumnal colors.
What not to expect from glamping:
Warm showers, luxury, a sink or toilet in the cabin, wifi, already warm cabins (heaters suppplied but needs time to heat up).
What to expect from glamping:
A laugh, fab scenery, waking up to snow and frost in a toasty cabin, delicious food in Beirne’s the pub on the Battlebridge campsite, a 3 min walk to the loo and showers, a tap outside with freezing fresh water, a picnic area (in summer it would be ideal with the Shannon flowing by beside you), a good taxi service into town, gas nightlife (ratio of women to men 1:10. Seriously. Looking for a guy? Head to Carrick!).
Summer or winter glamping was a fab girly weekend and would be lovely for families and couples looking for an escape.
Happy 1st of December,