Top 10 Places to Visit in Ireland in a Campervan.
Vanlife in Ireland has recently become a very popular activity for both locals and tourists. Ireland is the perfect country to explore on a road trip with so much history, beautiful iconic roads, and locations to explore with plenty of hospitable places to stay. There are great locations in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to explore and visit. The benefit of exploring the country with a motorhome is that you can see all of the island's different regions quickly. There is so much to see between great cities and beautiful attractions in Ireland. This article will cover the top 10 places to visit in Ireland in a campervan. Whether you’re here for a weekend trip or a more extended stay, there are many options here!
Dublin is the perfect location to start your campervan adventure - the Republic of Ireland’s capital and largest city. Dublin is a captivating city and one of the locations to pick up your motorhome from Campervan Ireland. This historic town is the perfect mix of activities like the Guinness Storehouse and historical activities like Trinity College.
Most travelers recommend exploring the city for a few days before picking up your van and hitting the road for your Ireland road trip. While you’re in Dublin, make sure to walk around and explore everything the city has to offer. There’s so much to see here, whether you’re interested in Dublin Castle, Temple Bar, the Jameson Distillery, or one of the many historical buildings.
Ireland has both a county and a city named Donegal. This area is known for its wild beauty and is also known as the surfing area of the country. You'll find abandoned castles, seaside villages, and beautiful landscapes. The winding coastal routes of the Donegal area will make your road trip exciting.
While exploring Donegal, stop in the namesake town first before exploring the county. You can enjoy these photogenic spots located on Donegal Bay, check out the well-preserved castle, and enjoy good food before continuing on your journey.
Donegal County includes an abundance of fun stops accessible via campervan, including Slieve League Cliffs, Glenveagh National Park, Hord Head Peninsula, Fanad Head, etc. Many of these locations boast one-of-a-kind views of cliffs and seaside beauty.
Galway, like Donegal, is a town and a county in Ireland. Most visitors to Galway City in Western Ireland come to enjoy Irish hospitality and enjoy the cozy pubs and sights. Galway City has many sights to see between wandering around and appreciating the city, including the Spanish Arch, the Galway City Museum, Salmon Weir Bridge, and Eyre Square Center.
One of the most popular sites outside Galway City is the Aran Islands. The group of three islands are located right off the coast in the mouth of Galway Bay and are accessible by ferry. Bring your campervan, and explore the islands and bronze age forts.
Galway is also one of the stops along the Wild Atlantic Way. So if you’re looking to drive along part of this famous drive, here is the perfect location to join this winding road.
Top 10 Places to Visit in Ireland in a CampervanThe city of Cork is one of Ireland’s oldest cities and is super charming. Cork is full of art galleries, coffee shops, unique museums, and pubs. There is plenty to do here to keep you busy, but a ton of activities to take your campervan outside of town make Cork the perfect stop on your road trip around Ireland.
Of course, the must-visit destination near Cork is the Blarney Stone and Castle. This sixth-century site is the perfect activity in Cork and offers walking trails nearby. Other nearby towns to Cork that are worth a visit include the seaside town of Cobh, which served as the final departure point for millions of Irish emigrants.
Here you can also see Titanic’s last port of call and walk the trail to follow the journey of those who arrived in the city to depart on their journey. So, Cork and the nearby areas are a perfect place to visit in Ireland on your vanlife journey.
Derry aka Londonderry
Derry is an excellent destination in Northern Ireland to explore while you’re on a road trip to explore the island. Of course, fans of the tv show “Derry Girls” will be excited to walk around and explore the town, but there is something to see for everyone here. The city holds a lot of history, and visitors can explore the many facets of this town as a nice stop on their journey.
Your first view will be the City of Derry Walls, built between 1613 and 1618. These 20-foot high walls were built to protect the city center from the English and Scottish colonists.
In addition to historical sights around the town, you can visit the Museum of Free Derry, which covers Northern Ireland’s turbulent history and the role Derry played in it. Derry is the perfect town to stop at in Northern Ireland to learn more about the two countries' history and learn a little more history!
Ring of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry is a great scenic road along the Iveragh Peninsula in Ireland, totaling 179 Kilometers. This scenic route winds past beautiful white sand beaches, mountains, lakes, Medieval ruins, and quaint little towns. Make sure to set aside a few days to enjoy this fantastic path and camp along the way.
Killarney is the best starting and ending place for your Ring of Kerry journey as there are tons of restaurants and shops to enjoy in this town. You’ll be glad you have your campervan on this beautiful winding road, as you’ll be able to stop when and where you want and camp where you please along the journey. Some of the best places to stop along the Ring of Kerry are sites of natural beauty, ruins, and castles.
Some of the best sights on your journey include the Gap of Dunloe, a narrow mountain pass between the MacGillycuddy Reeks and Purple Mountain. Also on the journey is the Ballycarbery Castle which is near the water by the town of Cahirciveen and dates back to the 15th century. Another unique site includes Eightercua, which is assumed to be a ritual spot that dates back to 1700 BC and consists of four large standing stones.
This scenic route offers so much for visitors to see that it is an excellent addition to any road trip in Ireland.
The Dingle Peninsula is located on the Wild Atlantic Way and is one of the great peninsulas of Ireland to explore. It stretches 48 kilometers into the Atlantic Ocean and consists of steep cliffs and dramatic lands and beaches. On your journey, you can visit towns rich in tradition and appreciate the scenery, the trails, culture, and local food.
There are many sights to see along the road, so make sure to get a jump start! Don’t miss out on the Conor Pass, the highest mountain pass in Ireland. While you’re driving, stop at the Minard Castle ruins and stop at the Dunquin Harbor - both iconic spots on the Dingle peninsula.
There is even a long hike for those interested called The Dingle Way, which is 179km long and takes most hikers eight days to complete.
The key destination on most travelers' lists when visiting Northern Ireland is Giants Causeway and the Causeway Coastal Route. This scenic road offers a variety of places to stop and appreciate the beauty of Northern Ireland. Belfast is a great location to begin or end this part of your journey. While driving along the causeway, your first stop can be at Dunluce Castle, which was used in Game of Thrones as Castle Greyjoy. It’s mainly in ruins, but the current building dates back to the 15th century.
Giant’s Causeway is the highlight of the Causeway Coastal Route, where visitors can find over 40,000 hexagonal-shaped rocks used to connect Ireland to Scotland, formed by lava. In addition, there are a few coastal paths you can take here to enjoy your time.
Other stops along the Causeway Coastal Route include Ballintoy and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.
Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are located in County Clare and a popular trip from Dublin. The cliffs run for about 14 km and are one of Ireland's most popular tourist attractions. Once you arrive at the Cliffs, you can do several things once you park your campervan. After seeing the visitor’s center, head to the crumbling watchtower better known as Hag’s Head, this spot is much less populated and a great location to see the cliffs.
Other activity options here include walking the entire Coastal Trail, which consists of an 18km walk, or climbing O’Brien’s Tower.
Wicklow Mountains National Park
The Wicklow Mountains are Ireland’s largest National Park and are full of hiking trails that make for the perfect stop on your campervan vacation. In addition, the park contains a ton of recreation activities, with Glendalough remaining the most popular destination, with around one million visitors each year. The most popular recreation activities in Wicklow Mountains National Park include hiking, rock climbing, winter climbing, fishing, and cycling.
There are several wild camping options near the Wicklow Mountains and several campgrounds for visitors to stay out.
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