Glamping in County Offaly

I found a voucher for Giltraps Glamping on escapes.ie. Included in the voucher was a 1 Night Stay in a Mongolian Yurt or Log Cabin for Up To Three People including Breakfast Hamper, Local Brew Each in Giltraps Bar, Half-Day Bike Hire and Late Checkout.

Giltraps is a really lovely spot, it’s situated behind their cafe which has really nice lunch food and coffee, and Gemma and Mary who were working there when we stayed are absolute superstars!

We stayed in the triple log cabin, it was very comfortable and peaceful. There isn’t much insulation from sound around the site but generally people staying there are looking for peace and quiet anyway so there wasn’t much noise. Although there isn’t much insulation we found heat wasn’t a problem when we stayed. There’s free wifi and power in the cabin. There are bathrooms for showering etc that are really well finished, they are like hotel bathrooms.

I realised when I was home that I took no actual pictures of where we stayed, so I’ve used these images from Google.

We stayed for the June Bank Holiday weekend so the two pubs in the town were insanely busy. Giltraps pub across the road will sell you cans that you can bring back to the log cabins if you want. The only thing at night time is that you have to go in the front door of the cafe/reception, up a stairs, down a hallway lined with rooms and down another flight of stairs into the outdoor area that leads to the cabins. It’s nothing major but when you’ve to go up and back several times it can be a chore.

If you are interested in booking you can find out more about Giltraps here  http://www.visitkinnitty.com/accommodation 

That evening we went to Tullamore for dinner to a place called The Blue Apron Restaurant.

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It was so so lovely, it’s not a big place but it doesn’t feel like everyone would be listening in on your conversation. The menu is great value- 23 euros for 2 courses. The staff are really nice and helpful too. Adam had every course recommended to him and they were so spot on- try the blue cheese and pear salad with candied pecan nuts.

If you want contact information for booking, here’s their site  http://theblueapronrestaurant.ie/

The next day we went for a cycle around the Kinnity area, we pasted Kinnity Castle and came across peat bogs owned by Bord Na Mona.

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Peat stacked up for drying.

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Looking beautiful as per usual

The cycle was great for stretching the legs and the bikes were pretty new but the seats were really uncomfortable. When we got back to Giltraps, we chanced asking whether we could use the showers even though we had already checked out and Gemma said of course and gave us loads of towels. It was a really nice touch.

We left to head back to Cork but decided since we were up that direction that we should stop in Kildare Village.

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The village is really easy to find, it’s just off the motorway with loads of parking and a easy one way system to follow. The village is really well kept, with loads of beautiful tress and flowers. It’s like Wysteria Lane from Desperate Housewives. The village holds a load of designer and high street stores that often have great discounts. I bought some training gear from Under Armour and the Nike store had running shoes on sale for as little as 30 euros.

There are some food vans around the place, we stopped at the artisan donut van. It was pricey, just under 5 euro for 3 donuts but they were amazing.

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The donut stand.

The one thing I would say about the village is that it’s worth a visit. However if you’re expecting big bargains and Penney’s prices it’s not the place for you. There are definitely great discounts to be had on designer items but they are still not cheap, or at least not within my budget!

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