When to go
All year round
Camp in a tipi, a hammock or a tree tent. Experience a true wilderness camping adventure in a tranquil location with its own private entrance and car parking near Lower Ballyhad, Rathdrum, County Wicklow in Ireland.
The site is situated in a privately owned 50+ acre woodland ensuring an uninterrupted nature experience away from the “busy” world. Perfect for those who want to get back to nature, take time out from their busy lives and have a real rustic experience. This is a wilderness site with basic facilities (i.e. no running water or electricity).
There are a number of local shops nearby for supplies. We do offer an eco-friendly toilet block consisting of composting toilets and hand sanitiser dispensers. Located close to Glendalough, which is renowned for being one of the most beautiful areas in Ireland. It is also on the doorstep of numerous Wicklow Way routes. From the wilderness camp itself, you are under 10 minutes drive to Glendalough offering hiking and walking trails suitable for all ages.
Three Camping Options to choose from:
(1) Tipi Camping
(2) Hammock Camping
(3) 2 Person Tree Tent Camping
In additon to camping, Tipi Adventures Ireland also provides courses, family adventures and more (see below for additional activities on offer). Just enquire when booking.
Tipi Adventures Ireland
Tipi Adventures Ireland (TAI) is inspired by love for the outdoors. Ed Ledesma established TAI in early 2013 with a view to offering unique wilderness adventure camps with an educational aspect, giving people an opportunity to learn new skills and a have a better understanding and appreciation of what nature has to offer. Camping with family and close friends allows everyone an opportunity to wind down and enjoy each others' company with the simpler things in life.
In addition to camping, Ed and the Tipi Adventures Ireland team also offer mountain craft, guided hikes, rock climbing, archery and kayaking. All based in County Wicklow at a dedicated wilderness of over 50 acres, which has forests, a river and meadows. Note: that the TAI team can also guide you on bespoke adventures across Ireland.
Guests will need to bring their own drinking water with them.
You can also book additional activities or workshops along with your wild camping. Please enquiry during or after your camping is confirmed. All activities and workshops must be booked in advance (ie - before you arrive on site). Please note: there are additional costs for any of the follow (ie - not inlcuded in the cost of the camping).
Onsite Workshops (suitable for small groups of 2+):
- Natural Living Skills - 2 hour workshop on fire craft from our NLS1 programme
- Campfire Cooking with Dutch Ovens
- Crafts (choose from spoon carving, making your own bushcraft chair, paracord survival bracelet)
Group Activities (for groups of 12+)
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Team Building Programmes - Forest Games & Challenges including Archery
- Guided Hikes
- Advice on kit needed
- Personal activity insurance
- Meals/ drinks
- Transport to adventure start point
How to get there
CAR From Dublin
· Head South on the M50/ M11 for Rathnew/ Wicklow
· Take the exit for Rathnew/ Wicklow then head for Rathdrum village
· Coming in to Rathdrum village, take the road R755 towards Laragh village
· Gates are on the right about 2.4kms from Rathdrum.
Absolutely priceless the experience was just out of this world.
Just wow! Such an experience in the Forrest with all the family even our 6mths old baby loved it, totally idelic to get back to one with nature and some quality time with all the family, already planning our next trip.