The luxury glamping experience at Portsalon is almost akin to staying in a hotel. Each of the Central Asian yurts is carefully spaced for extra seclusion, but none is more than a 5 minute walk from the facilities. They also feature proper lockable doors so you can leave your valuables when you’re off exploring. Inside, all tents are carpeted and roomy with a king-size bed, double sofa bed and wood-burning stove. Fresh flowers and twinkling fairy lights add the finishing flourishes.
While they all have these features in common, each yurt also has its own distinct character. From inside Dunree, you can witness intense sunrises brightening up the sky, whereas Crocullia is close to the fragrant organic garden. Wherever you’re placed, spectacular views of the Knockalla Mountains, Ballymastocker Beach and Mulroy Bay abound. Gaze upon the mythical landscape from your own picnic table over a platter of cheese and crackers, while the fire pit keeps you warm.
Stroll down past the local village of Portsalon to amble on the award-winning beach, then spend a few hours cycling or climbing the rugged terrain. Freshen up in the separate bathroom building on return, with showers, hairdryers and mirrors aplenty. The open-plan kitchen and lounge makes it easy to whip up a meal – think grilled mackerel caught fresh from the North Atlantic. Afterwards, settle down by the roaring fire and flick through a book from the library or catch up with friends back home on the 24-hour complimentary Wi-Fi.