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Camping Holiday in Ireland

If green is your favourite colour, then Ireland is the place for you. Green is not only found in the shamrocks of the national Saint, St. Patrick, but it also defines the landscape. From meadows to rolling hills to a dramatically rugged Atlantic coast – Ireland is truly a green island.

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Hire a roadsurfer with us and dive into the green wonderland. On the way, you can expect whiskey and Guinness, exciting cities and many natural and cultural highlights.

We recommend the most beautiful routes through Ireland, must-see sights and provide you tips for your trip.

With your camper through Ireland – What you have to pay attention to in traffic

  • Very important: If you are not travelling with a right-hand drive roadsurfer, there is left-hand traffic in Ireland and your headlights must be adjusted to left-hand traffic.
  • The speed limit is 50 km/h in towns, 80 km/h outside towns, up to 100 km/h on expressways and 120 km/h on the freeway.
  • The blood alcohol limit is 0.5 and 0.2 for novice drivers who have had their license for less than two years.
  • A double yellow line indicates a no parking zone, a single yellow line a no stopping zone. Also, be careful when looking for a parking space at crosswalks and traffic lights – you are not allowed to park 15 meters in front or 5 meters behind them.
  • If you want to talk on the phone while driving, you must use a hands-free system.
  • Children up to 3 years of age must be seated in an appropriate restraint system, and children up to a body weight of 36 kg and a height of less than 150 cm must ride in a child seat appropriate to their height.

The most beautiful campervan tours in Ireland

9 days round trip on the Ring of Kerry

Day 1 – Killarney

  • Visit the impressive 15th century Ross Castle.
  • Go hiking in Killarney National Park – over 10,000 acres of nature, lakes and ancient oak forests await you.
  • Take a boat to Innisfallen Island, where you can visit the ancient 7th century monastery.

Campsite: Killarney Flesk Caravan & Camping Park

Day 2 – Kenmare

  • Get on your bike, as there are numerous bike trails around Kenmare for every level.
  • Visit Bonane Heritage Park, which boasts numerous archaeological sites.
  • In Falconry Kerry you can learn all about the so-called sport of kings.

Pitch: Kenmare Mobile Home & Caravan Park

Day 3 – Sneem

  • On the Sneem Sculpture Trail you can walk about and admire cool sculptures all over town.
  • Visit “The Way the Fairies Went” pyramids, which have already won the National Landscape Award.
  • Say ‘Cheers’ to the white marble panda dedicated to President O’Dalaigh.

Campsite: Goosey Island Motor Home Park

Day 4 – Caherdaniel

  • Hop in the saddle, because horse riding is the best way to explore the beautiful beaches and nature trails around Caherdaniel.
  • Botanists must visit Derrynane National Park, where there are many rare plants to be found.
  • Water rats beware: Caherdaniel is a proper location for surfing, kayaking and sailing.

Campsite: Wave Crest Caravan Park

Day 5 – Waterville

  • If you like seafood, then you’ll have a whale of a time in Waterville. It’s got the best lobster, mussels & more in all of Ireland.
  • At night, you can do some great stargazing at the Kerry Dark Sky Reserve.
  • Golfers can expect a lovely time on a well-kept 18-hole golf course.

Campsite: Glenbeg Caravan and Camping Park

Day 6 – Cahirciveen

  • Climb Geokaun, the highest mountain on Valentina Island.
  • Walk the Cnoc na dTobar pilgrimage trail.
  • Visit the ruins of Ball Monastery, located on Skellig Ring by the sea.

Campsite: Mannix Point Camping and Caravan Park

Day 7 – Glenbeigh

  • Surfers must head to the beach on Inch headland for the best waves.
  • Macgillycuddy’s Reeks is home to the highest mountain in the country and offers a good challenge for hikers.

Campsite: Glenross Caravan & Camping Park

Day 8 – Killorglin

  • Visit Blennerville’s Mill, a 19th-century windmill that has been brought back into use.
  • Come in August when Killorglin hosts the historical Puck Fair, Ireland’s oldest street festival.
  • Walk along the Laune River, where there are many lovely paths for strolling.

Campsite: Glenross Caravan & Camping Park

Day 9 – Killarney

  • Back in Killarney you should visit the impressive Torc Waterfall. From the viewing platform you have a great view over the lakes of the national park and can say goodbye to Ireland in a proper way.

11 days by campervan on the Wild Atlantic Way

Day 1 – Inishowen Peninsula

  • Have a cuppa at the Caffe Banba cart, perched on Malin Head, making it the northernmost cafe in Ireland.
  • Visit the Grianan of Aileach, the ruins of the seat of the Kings and a landmark in Irish history.
  • Inishtrahull Island is not only interesting from a historical point of view, but also for movie fans – “The Last Jedi” was also filmed here.

Campsite: Binnion Bay Caravan & Camping Facility

Day 2 – Letterkenny

  • Admire the beautiful stained-glass windows in St. Eunan Cathedral – Letterkenny is also called the City of Cathedrals.
  • Take a guided tour at Glenveagh Castle and go in search of exotic spices in the castle gardens.
  • If you’re lucky, you may see golden eagles and red deer in Glenveagh National Park.

Campsite: Johnstons Caravans Limited

Day 3 – Dunfanaghy

  • You’ll find some of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches in the area, many of which have a blue flag – Kilahoey beach is particularly relaxing.
  • Take a trip to the picturesque harbor village of Portnablagh.
  • Circle the northern tip of the Horn Head peninsula and admire the 180-metre-high cliffs.

Campsite: Wild Atlantic Camp

Day 4 – Ardara & Surroundings

  • Chill on beautiful Maghera Beach and explore the caves at the west end during low tide.
  • Fancy a trip to St. John’s Point, where you’ll see the beautiful Coral Beach, the area’s famous lighthouse and the remains of McSwyne’s Castle.
  • Stroll along Teelin Harbour and take a boat trip to the cliffs of Slieve League.

Campsite: Tramore Beach Caravan and Camping Park

Day 5 – Sligo

  • Follow in the footsteps of Irish writer William Butler Yeats at Rosses Point.
  • Take a walk in the enchanted Fairy Glen – it’s easy to believe in the lore of fairies here.
  • At the Carrowmore burial grounds, there are about 60 megalithic tombs dating back more than 5,000 years.

Campsite: Greenlands Caravan and Camping Park

  • Make a pit stop in the direction of Connemara at Croagh Patrick, the holy mountain of Ireland, which thousands of pilgrims climb in July to commemorate St. Patrick.

Day 6 – Connemara

  • Climb the hill at the John D’Arcy Monument to admire the pretty town of Clifden from up above.
  • Stroll through the heather fields in Connemara National Park and climb Diamond Hill.
  • Head off the beaten path with your home on wheels on the lovely Sky Road. The panoramic road leads to and from Clifden and offers wicked views along the way.

Campsite: Connemara Caravan and Camping Park

Day 7 – Kinvarra

  • Take a little trip back in time and see the remains of Tawnagh Mill, an old tidal mill.
  • A photo of Dunguaire Castle is a must on a trip to Ireland. In summer, you can even attend a grand medieval banquet here.

Campsite: Salthill Caravan Camping

Day 8 – Limerick

  • On your way to Limerick, stop by the Shannon Estuary – if you’re lucky, you might see dolphins, which live here year-round.
  • Visit the majestic King John’s Castle, built by the brother of Richard the Lionheart.
  • Learn all about Irish cuisine and fill up your cooler at the Milk Market.

Campsite: Curraghchase Caravan & Camping Park

Day 9 – Tralee

  • Learn all about the history of the town County Kerry at the Kerry County Museum.
  • Take a walk in Tralee Town Park and smell the 6,000 roses that grow here.

Campsite: Tralee Mobile Home Park

Day 10 – Skibbereen

  • Visit the town’s historic sites on the Skibbereen Trail.
  • Go swimming or kayaking in Lough Hyne, a saltwater lake.
  • Take a boat from Baltimore to the three islands of the West Corks.

Campsite: The Hideaway Camping & Caravan Park

Day 11 – Kinsale

  • In “Ireland’s Gourmet Capital” you can feast on food at numerous festivals throughout the year.
  • Enjoy the South Sea feeling at the harbour of Kinsale – there are even palm trees!
  • The Old Head of Kinsale is one of the most beautiful golf courses in Ireland and offers a stunning view while playing.
    Campsite: Brinny Campsite

7 days by campervan around Dublin

Day 1 – Dublin

  • Visit Dublin Castle and the underground city walls that date back to Viking times.
  • Literature fans must visit the Dublin Writer’s Museum, where greats like Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker are celebrated.
  • Pay a visit to the statue of the famous Molly Malone – she became world famous thanks to the folk song “Cockles and Mussels”.

Campsite: Camper Park Dublin

Day 2 – Blessington

  • Admire the dashing facade of Russborough House, an 18th century mansion.
  • Get on your bike and tour the Wicklow Mountains; for mountain bikers, there’s a special trail in Djouce Woods.
  • Otherwise, get in the saddle – County Wicklow is known for its many horse farms and is perfect for horseback riding.

Campsite: Camac Valley Tourist Caravan and Camping Park

Day 3 – Tipperary

  • Time travel all over again and admire the ruins of the ancient castle on the Rock of Cashel.
  • Also visit Cahir Castle, one of the largest castles in the country, made famous by the Siege of Cahir.
  • Check out Ormond Castle, an impressive Renaissance castle, before grabbing a bite to eat at a quaint pub in Carrick-on-Suir.

Campsite: Glen of Aherlow Caravan & Camping Park

Day 4 – Cork

  • Get spooky at Cork City Gaol, where you can experience what the penal system was like in the 19th century.
  • The best place to party in Cork is on St. Patrick’s Street, where there are numerous bars and pubs.
  • The Irish are famous for their butter and Cork has long been the largest exporter of butter, so a visit to the Butter Museum is a must.

Campsite: Kilcully Scout Campsite

Day 5 – Waterford

  • Check out the remains of St. Declan’s Cathedral in Ardmore, one of the oldest Christian assemblages in the country.
  • Learn about the earth’s formation at Copper Coast Geopark, a UNESCO heritage site.
  • Councillors Beach is considered one of the most beautiful in Ireland and especially in summer you should plan a lovely beach day here.

Campsite: Fitzmaurice’s Caravan & Camping Park

Day 6 – Wexford

  • The Irish National Heritage Park reconstructs the history of Ireland from the Stone Age to the present day.
  • Random but interesting, check out the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience.
  • Do you like strawberries? Then you should go to Enniscorthy in summer, the traditional strawberry festival takes place here.

Campsite: Ferrybank Caravan & Camping Park

Day 7 – Dublin

  •  To say goodbye, a visit to the Guinness Storehouse is a must – from the Skybar you have a great view over the city while you knock back a few glasses of the “dark gold”.

With the campervan to Ireland – Costs & Tips

Summer is clearly the best time to road trip around Ireland in your home on wheels. At this time, there is the least precipitation and especially along the coast in the south it can be really warm. Nevertheless, a rain jacket should always be packed in your rucksack, because the weather can be temperamental and short showers are a part of June to August.

If you want to go winter camping in Ireland, you should keep in mind that many campsites and restaurants are closed during the low season. Better check beforehand what is open and where.

Wild camping and free standing are also officially prohibited in Ireland, but with the owner’s permission you may spend a night on many properties. Wild camping and bivouacking (sleeping in the wild with only your sack) are also allowed in some national parks. If you are not sure whether you are allowed to spend the night in a place, you should rather go to one of the numerous campsites or public sites.

You have to pay tolls on many roads and tunnels in Ireland. The toll is the same for motorhomes and cars and is not calculated by kilometres but by sections.

Most often, you can pay it in cash or by credit card, on the M50 Dublin Ring Road it is collected automatically with licence plate registration. You have to pay it by the evening of the following day in one of the numerous “Payzones”.

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