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Querrin, Kilkee, Clare, Republic of Ireland
Ms Trea Heapes
Purecamping is an award-winning eco-campsite, set in the beautiful Loop Head Peninsula. We overlook the Shannon Estuary at Querrin, Kilkee, Co. Clare. Enjoy camping in a natural setting, in your own tent, in one of our furnished canvas bell tents.
Purecamping, is a family-run eco-campsite set in the small village of Querrin, Kilkee, Co. Clare, overlooking the Shannon Estuary. Nestled into the south side of the Loop Head Peninsula, designated as a European Destination of Excellence (EDEN) in 2010 (see: http://www.irelandseden.ie). The campsite features the camping field and an emerging 10-acre native woodland. At its centre is a ring fort, which is a registered national monument.
Purecamping is about giving guests a pure experience of outdoor life and camping as it should be and allowing you to tread lightly on the earth, albeit for a little while. It offers you an escape from busy complicated lives and hopes to bring you some peace and clarity. The camp embraces the Leave No Trace program (see: http://www.leavenotraceireland.org/) and sustainable practices such as rainwater harvesting, solar heating, and composting toilets.
In January 2013, it was awarded Gold standard by Ecotourism Ireland, which currently is the only certifying body in Ireland that is recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (http://www.gstcouncil.org), for more details, see: http://www.ecotourismireland.ie.
Stay in pre-erected furnished canvas bell tents, or bring your own tent and camp in the native woodland. For the bell tents, you can go with the deluxe option that includes all bedding, or bring your own favourite pillows and duvet. Some bell tents even have little wood-fired stoves to keep you toasty in the shoulder months of the season. There is a funky 12m geodesic dome for recreation, allowing you to weather independent. There is a campers' kitchen with wood-fired pizza oven, a gas stove and solar-heated water. Enjoy the camp sauna and evenings by the campfire. The campsite is pet friendly but insist on visiting dogs being controlled as there are pets in residence, including 3 friendly dogs, 3 cats, and some hens and a cockerel. So, depending on demand, fresh eggs are a possibility!
Facilities include a modern toilet and shower block with standard facilities, with hot water being supplied by a combination of wood firing and solar. There is an eco-block that features indoor/outdoor showers and composting toilets. So the choice is yours! There is a small play area for the kids and a book exchange in the dome. In reception, there are lots of reference books available providing information on local heritage, both built and natural. There is an electric car charging point available.
Kilkee is just 7km from Purecamping, with its Blue Flag beach and amazing cliff walks, as well as a number of good hostelries and restaurants. The fishing village of Carrigaholt is 8kms from Purecamping and it is home to Dolphinwatch Carrigaholt, a Gold standard eco-award winning local business (see: http://www.dolphinwatch.ie). Loop Head lighthouse, which is open to the public now, is only a short drive away, as are the beautiful towns and villages of Kilkee, Carrigaholt and Kilbaha.