In Ireland, we have vast landscapes made up of some of the most breathtaking sceneries. Isolated by wild and rugged wilderness, Donegal steals the show with its curving coastal shores, mountainous terrains and spectacular countryside.
Of course, for a lot of us living in Europe, it’s easy to hop from one place to another. But that often leaves us forgetting about our sweet home countries. Just how often do you explore and discover parts of your home nation that you’ve never seen before?
Here’s a guide to 5 of the best camping spots in Donegal that will make you fall in love with your country!
If you’re interested in glamping in other parts of Ireland, check out my Galway and Kerry guides.
Camping in Donegal: Top 5 Camp Sites
Campsites in Donegal offer the opportunity for extreme adventuring or a haven for utter relaxation. Hike along the coastal shores, rock climb up the towering cliffs or have a go at fishing. Then end it all off with a fire around the campsite and the peaceful sounds of nature.
These campsites are some of the best in Donegal and offer all the amenities you’d require for an unforgettable staycation.
Boortree Touring & Camping
Boortree is the perfect base for exploring the wondrous parts of Donegal. It sits on the rugged Irish coastline and a short stroll will lead you down to the sandy shores. It’s also within walking distance from many local pubs, quaint stores and tasteful restaurants.
The 4.5km site holds 21 fully serviced campsites, equipped with everything you’d need for an easy stay. There’s outside washup facilities, toilets and showers, and enough space so that you won’t feel cramped.
Feel free to bring your furry friend on the adventure, too, as it’s dog-friendly. It’s the perfect place for them to have fun outdoors.
Rossnowlagh village, where the site is situated, is known for watersports. Whether it’s fishing, surfing or paddleboarding that you’re into, you’ll have no trouble incorporating them into your vacation.
Nature enthusiasts can explore the local flora and fauna on foot, and experience stunning views of Creevy Cliff. You can also head to Durnesh Lake, a conservation area, to hopefully spot some local mammals, bird species and wilderness.
Portsalon Luxury Camping
Let’s face it, some people love roughing it and embarking on an adventure in the wild. While others prefer to stay in luxury with breathtaking scenery.
One of the biggest perks with booking a night here is that you never have to worry about the cold climate. The glamping style tent is fitted with its own gorgeous fireplace. Cosy up next to the fire, or snuggle up on the king-sized bed. Either way, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Whenever you’re not indoors, you’ll get the chance to enjoy the coastal setting in the north of Donegal. Marvel at the unique birdlife, explore the surrounding area by bike or a light stroll, surf or indulge in the fine dining scene.
The “campsites” also show off incredible views of the river mouth. After a full day of adventuring, come back to your own private garden and light up the barbeque in a peaceful and tranquil setting.
Wild Atlantic Camp
Enjoy camping with a group of friends who’ve escaped the busy city life to embark on unforgettable friends’ staycation or bring the family on an adventure at Wild Atlantic Camp.
Here you can stay in cute little wooden villas are unique wooden camping pods – a trend that is really taking off across the UK and Ireland.
Killahoey, Marble Hill and Downings beach are all in the area and just a short drive away. Spend each day at a new beach if you desire.
As well as beach fun, there’s plenty of outdoor activities to venture out to in the area. You’ll definitely want to check out Ards Forest Park, where there are great opportunities for walking and hiking, no matter your level of experience.
Tramore Beach Caravan and Camping Park
Tramore Beach Camping Park is located on Tramore Beach in Rosbeg. This quiet, peaceful coastline is ideal for catching up on some rest and spending time in the outdoors.
The site consists of two large camping grounds, fit with common camping amenities. These include water, electricity for caravans, toilet blocks, water waste disposal and even a laundry area.
When you’re not out and about, you can enjoy the on-premise tennis court, or bring the kids down to the outdoor playground. There’s also a local golf course to finish off a good 9 holes.
The beautiful sandy beaches are perfect for soaking up the sun, horse riding, swimming and going for evening walks. A nature reserve is nearby, as well as a wildlife sanctuary.
Sleepy Hollows Campsite
If you’re a fan of the natural woodlands, and quiet nature, we’d recommend a trip here. The majority of campsites are family-friendly, but Sleepy Hollows Campsite is exclusively for adults. It’s open all-year-round for campers who are older than 16.
Sleepy Hollows is situated in the quaint village, Meenaleck, and near to Crolly River. It’s an absolute dream of a place for a staycation with friends or your partner. Set up your tent, rent a private bungalow or bring along your caravan.
Take an evening stroll down to the nearby restaurant and bar. If you’re staying here during the week, a visit to Leo’s Tavern is in order. Every Wednesday night there’s Ceilidh dancing, a traditional Scottish social event. If dancing’s not your style, there’s live music on weekends and great food served daily.
In a 10km radius, you’ll find the beach, leisure centre, golf course and laid-back fishing spots. And as with any camping holiday, getting out in nature is essential. Within 30km is Ards Forest Park and Glenveagh National Park.
To Conclude Camping in Donegal
No matter what you’re after during your staycation, you’ll find the perfect campsite in Donegal. With all the incredible landscapes to explore, watersports to enjoy and beautiful campsites, it’s one of the best destinations in Ireland for camping.
Embrace the Irish culture with new and interesting people you meet along the way, venture to the local pubs and soak up the sun when the climate allows.