Rather than spend thousands on a package holiday to somewhere where you have to use odd-shaped plugs and speak in a different language, there are a host of options closer to home for a break. Just remember you have to call it a staycation because those are the rules.

And if it all gets too much you can always go home for a nice bath in your own house.

We’ve picked our top 10 destinations for the different types of staycations you can have here in Northern Ireland, from glamping to camping, chalets to cottages, boats to B&Bs, we’ve got it all covered…


Bubble Domes at Finn Lough Resort

41 Letter Road, Aghnablaney, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

Price: From £195 per night for two people


This is glamping at its most opulent. The bubble domes at the Finn Lough Resort feature a 180 degree transparent wall and roof which promises to let you get “back to nature” from a bespoke four-poster bed.

In this romantic woodland retreat you’ll also have an ensuite bathroom, Nespresso coffee machine, fluffy robe and slippers and daily breakfast.


Lusty Beg

Boa Island, Kesh, Co Fermanagh

Price: From £260 for 3 nights for 4 people

Lusty Beg

The self catering chalets at Lusty Beg Island offer you a home away from home with spectacular views over the lake and every home comfort you need. Choose from 4* Inish Lodges, 3* Lusty Mor Chalets or 3* Lusty Boa Chalets. A great spot for a family break or a chilled out trip with friends.


Watertop Farm

188 Cushendall Road, Ballycastle, Co Antrim

Price: From £15 per night for 2-man tent


Watertop is a family farm in the Glens of Antrim which offers a wide range of activities for visitors or those staying on site. Activities include pony trekking, fishing, boating, pedal go-karts, quad train, assault course, farm tours on the paddiwagon, walking, small animals and a museum.



Coast Road, Larne, Co Antrim

Price: From £22 per night per caravan


Located within a large 191 hectare country park, Carnfunnock Caravan Park sits on the spectacular Antrim coastline making it an ideal spot to set up base, while exploring the area. The caravan park has 31 fully serviced pitches for caravans and motor homes plus there’s plenty of onsite family activities including a maze.


Salty Dog

10-12 Seacliff Road, Bangor, Co Down

Price: Double rooms from £70 including breakfast

Salty Dog

The Salty Dog has developed a reputation as one of the best places to eat in Bangor but they’ve also got 15 rooms where you get your head down for the night. This boutique guesthouse, transformed from two Victorian townhouses, overlooks Bangor Marina and is in a prime spot of allow you to explore this wonderful seaside haven.


Bushmills Inn

9 Dunluce Road, Bushmills, Co Antrim

Price: From £120 per night for a double room

Bushmills Inn

This award-winning, four-star hotel is situated a stone’s throw from a host of visitor attractions including Royal Portrush Golf Club, Old Bushmills Distillery, The Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Dunluce Castle. Roaring peat fires, nooks and crannies and a gaslit bar set the tone for a romantic, luxury getaway.


Rathlin Island Hostel

Rathlin Island, Co Antrim

Price: From £18 per person per night with discounts available for group bookings

Stay Rathlin

If a night or two away on an island of desolate beauty is your idea of fun then Rathlin Hostel affords you a cheap but comfortable option. The whole hostel can be booked out for £500 per night and will sleep a group of up to 30 people. A perfect location for a weekend away with friends, provided you’re not that worried about there being very limited night life.


Millars Close

167 Bryansford Road, Kilcoo, Co Down

Price: From £180 for 4 people for 4 nights

Millars Close

Millers Close Holiday Cottages are a small cluster of four houses  in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains, on the edge of Tullymore Forest Park. Just 300 metres from the Ulster Way Walk it’s a prime location for a walking based breakaway.


Apple Apartments

Obel Tower, Belfast

Price: Single bedroom apartment from £70 per night

Apple apts

These spacious apartments are located in the Obel Tower which became the highest building in Ireland in 2011 with 28 floors. If you live in Belfast you might find it hard to fork out for a bed when you’ve got a perfectly good one 10 minutes up the road. But this is a good shout for a stag or hen weekend as the more people you have in your group the cheaper the prices become.


Manor Marine

Lough Erne, Killadeas, Co Fermanagh

Price: From £575 per week + deposit


If a spot of cruising floats your boat Manor Marine is one of a number of companies who you can hire a boat from to explore the waterways of Fermanagh and beyond. No licence or experience is necessary as you’ll get full tuition before being given the keys.

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