Your Shelter - Staying in a Yurt or Belltent

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Yurt, Belltent, or Tent?

You have a choice for your holiday accommodation, all exciting in their own right and very different, the choice is yours. You can stay in one of our luxury Yurts or our cool Belltents. Alternatively, you could bring your own tent, but check beforehand as we only have limited pitches available. See Your Camping page for details.

We stay for two nights and wish we had come for a week. There is something magical about sleeping in a yurt, with its transparent window in the roof and cocoon-like cosiness

Catherine Mack, travel writer The Irish Times, and co-editor Catherine's recent trip to Cape Clear Island, published in The Irish Times:

Yurting, what’s that then?

Yurts originate from Mongolia and are made from natural fibres & timber. A wooden lattice forms the circular wall, with decorated poles pointing skyward to the centre window at the top. This framework is covered in thick felt and protective materials to make a warm snug, calm environment, perfect for you to relax in. Light your log stove, shut your wooden door on the elements and bring out your guitar or favourite book.

A diamond in Ireland's crown of emeralds" " close to paradise as I have been recently
Catherine Mack, travel writer The Irish Times, and co-editor

Evenings in a yurt are an experience not easily beaten for cosiness and comfort! With soft furnishings, large scatter cushions, beanbags, real beds and log-burning stove - you can picture it now can’t you? Star-gazing through the top clear circle of the yurt, sitting out on the decking on balmy evenings or chatting round the stove, the peace and tranquility of the island will envelope you.

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Things we take care of for you in your yurt:
Fresh linen and cosy duvets, with pillows, on a double bed and on two single beds if required. Your stove set and ready to light with extra fuel for your first night. Gas cooker with all cooking utensils, pans, cutlery and crockery. Fire extinguisher and fire blanket for your safety. Solar powered lighting and a cool box for perishables. Solar heated hot water with wet room showers and separate toilets. All the fresh air and open Atlantic views that you could wish for.


The belltent, developed from the Native American Tipi for military use, has changed little
in design since the 1850s. Staying in a modern canvas belltent with family or friends,
is a mixture of old fashioned camping in a beautiful place, with a very modern desire
to be more environmentally friendly than just about any other holiday could be.

Camping in a Belltent on Cape Clear

Awaken in your belltent to the sound of waves gently lapping at rocks below you, then cast back
the door to the amazing views across the sparkling waters of South Harbour to the hills with their quaint meandering roads and stone built walls, showered with wild flowers and gorse. With the sun seeping through the weave of the canvas, enjoy your leisurely breakfast while you plan your day of activity. Relax, you can always go for a walk to the lighthouse tomorrow...

On entering your yurt or belltent, instead of turning your back on nature outside, you will become closer to it, sheltered in your canvas cocoon.

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