Nire Valley Eco Camp provides comfortable indoor accommodation in an outdoor setting. Your bedroom is in a meadow. It’s a small timber cabin with a deck and a private shower room, with a flushing toilet. The cabin design has been two years in the making, and is specifically designed to suit the site here and take advantage of the views.
The design and location enable us to create an experience of camping, especially during the day, with the benefit of a comfortable, weather proof bedroom, and to extend the camping season throughout the year.
But it is camping; there are no TVs, no minibar or trouser press, and you should be prepared for Irish weather. You will have to walk from the car park to your cabin which can be up to 200m away. That being said, when the weather is fine, which is most of the time, there are few places more beautiful, and when it isn’t you can relax by the picture window of your cabin and imagine you are in the great outdoors.
What to bring
You should bring tea or coffee etc. and any food that you plan to cook. We can provide a camping cool-box if you need to store perishable food. You can pick up the basics in the local shop in Ballymacarbry, a five minute drive from the Camp.
The site is unlit away from the cabins so you should consider bringing a torch, but generally people do not find they need one.
As it may be raining you should bear in mind the journey from the car park to your cabin, and while we can provide umbrellas, outdoor shoes would be a good idea.
What not to bring
We provide bed-linen and towels, so you don’t need to bring those. There is a small kitchenette on each deck with a camping stove, a kettle and all the pots, pans and utensils you will need for cooking, if you choose to.
Please don’t use anti-bacterial soaps if you can avoid it, as they may be harmful to the wetlands (where your waste water goes). We provide a simple hand and body wash that won’t harm our wetlands.
HAIR DRYERS, HAIR STRAIGHTENERS, ELECTRIC KETTLES AND IRONS WON’T WORK.
The cabins are off-grid and are solar powered, so energy from a solar panel is stored during the day in a battery. While we may all be in the habit of just plugging appliances in and not worrying about the electricity used or where it comes from (until bill time anyway), you will not be able to do this in the cabin, as you wouldn’t in a tent. Most heating devices use about 2000 watts of power. I won’t bore you with the details but this is just not practical in an off-grid cabin.
You can charge your phone or tablet, power a laptop, use the lights in the cabin and not worry about draining the battery but plugging in anything more powerful risks damaging both your appliance and our electrics.