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12th May 2021

Beach sites to adventure parks: 5 great camping holiday spots in Ireland

Melissa Carton

Planning a camping trip this summer?

Over the last couple of years I’ve noticed camping becoming increasingly popular as a choice for family holidays.

Whether it’s camping in Ireland or camping abroad (pre-Covid), more and more Irish families seem to be choosing to pitch a tent rather than book a room.

Having always been a fan of camping myself I joined a couple of Irish camping groups and found out some of the best spots in Ireland to go camping with the kids.

1. IOAC | Outdoor Adventure Centre & Scouting Experience – Wexford

IOAC in Wexford is a great camp site very near to Rosslare.

They have activities on site that can be booked andit’s also a decent spot to base yourself in Wexford for a lot of the attractions down that way.

Nearby attractions include Hook Lighthouse, Secret Valley Wildlife Park, Wells House Fairy Trail, the Seal Rescue Centre and Pirates Cove.

2. Hidden Valley  – Wicklow

When I’ve asked other parents about Hidden Valley they always say they highly recommend it as it’s reasonably priced and great has facilities on site with lots to do nearby

On site facilities include paddle boating, Laser Tag, an outdoor adventure park, fishing, cinema nights and much more.

3. Parsons Green – Tipperary

Parsons Green is one I see recommended time and time again for families as it has an open farm on the grounds of the campsite.

It also has some fantastic heritage sites nearby including Mitchelstown Cave and the Rock of Cashel.

4. Curraghchase Caravan and Camping – Limerick

Curraghchase Caravan and Camping is nestled in the beautiful grounds of the 774 Acre Curraghchase Forest Park we are surrounded by stunning scenery.

Between hiking through the forest or exploring Curraghchase by bike there is no shortage of things to do.

You can also visit the original De Vere family home, stop off by the lake to feed the ducks & swans or go for a swing in the playground.

5. Clifden Eco Beach Campsite – Galway

Clifden Campsite is ideally situated on the shores of the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’.

One of Ireland’s only beach camp sites Clifden is also close to the Twelve Bens mountain range which forms part of the ‘Connemara National Park’.