Rent a great Campervan to experience the best of Ireland
Ireland is a small country that has a big heart for visitors and people looking to explore our heritage. Whatever your interests – outdoor pursuits, music or history – there is something for everyone. It’s a great experience for couples looking to get away and for wild family adventures. The freedom and flexibility of a motorhome or campervan will enable you to explore the country at your own pace. There is a wide variety of campsites and parking facilities throughout the country that will make your dream trip a reality. In this short article we will introduce you to two trails that are very popular for visitors to Ireland.
Why not start your trip by dipping into Ireland’s Ancient East or escape to the Wild Atlantic Way.
Ireland’s East Coast Driving Trip
Ireland’s Ancient East will allow you to visit places filled with quirky and memorable experiences. Travel to the middle-ages or discover ancient sun gods – explore diverse cultures, landscapes, activities and more when you visit Ireland. Enjoy memorable food experiences, wander down the cobbled streets of medieval towns and explore the gorgeous gardens of this scenic region.
Popular destinations to experience on Ireland’s ancient east include –
The Boyne Valley
Before visiting the adjacent Hill of Tara and Trim Castle, have a tour inside the well-known passage tomb as your guide discusses its near-unbelievable construction.
Spend the morning in a café in Drogheda before making your way to the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre by river on the Boyne Greenway, passing under the eye-catching suspension bridge.
One of the most sought-after events in Ireland is the Newgrange Solstice. Attend festivals in the Boyne Valley to find poetry and art, and observe as the sun enters the tomb, illuminating it for the fortunate few who are inside.
When visiting the Boyne Valley, find wonderful restaurants in Drogheda that serve you delicious Mediterranean tapas and fine Italian cuisine. No trip to the area is complete without visiting Slane and sampling the smooth whiskeys.
Take a stroll through Cobh, a historic harbour town, and get a feel for the ambiance. As you stand in the shadow of St. Colman’s Cathedral, one of Ireland’s tallest structures, observe the passing ships.
Visit an exhibition or take a tour of Cobh’s welcoming streets to learn about its fascinating maritime past. Visit the harbour from which the Titanic departed and where our forefathers sailed for America.
The eateries by the sea are amazing spots to enjoy a delicious dinner while taking in the scenery. Try some BBQ and contemporary Irish food while lounging on a patio, followed by a local craft beer.
Kilkenny City is a seamless fusion of the old and the new. Contemporary art galleries and well-known Kilkenny design hubs blend wonderfully with Kilkenny Castle, the mediaeval alleyways, and the riverbank environment.
On your subsequent trip, you’ll treasure all the things to do in Kilkenny. At the top of St. Canice’s Cathedral, take in breathtaking views over Kilkenny City; the 30m climb is worthwhile for the view.
Visit the design studios and artisan businesses in the city. Pick from Irish ceramics, fine paintings, or handcrafted jewellery as a personal keepsake from your trip.
You will be daydreaming about the restaurants in Kilkenny City for a long time after your stay, from comfort food in the city’s gastropubs to elegant dining for two. Go out in the evening and experience Kilkenny’s nightlife..
Start your trip by ascending Slieve Foye, then wander down the Carlingford Greenway to see the ferry cross Carlingford Lough below. Join the swimmers in the water by the pier if you’re feeling courageous.
Learn about Carlingford’s medieval heritage as you pass through the old town gate and stroll through the quaint shops that line the streets. Look for leprechauns while exploring the mountain foothills.
Carlingford is a bustling village that draws visitors from all around the area with its fantastic pubs and live music. Set up shop for the evening at a traditional session in a historic castle’s tavern or find a superb band in a buzzing contemporary bar.
There is no better place for seafood lovers than Carlingford. The oysters are world-famous and are served in almost every restaurant in the village.
Cycling the Waterford Greenway is the best way to experience it. Slip your bike through the countryside and race around looking for that perfect view – you won’t be disappointed!. Stopping by for a cup of coffee and a nostalgia-filled ride on one of the vintage trains will be an unforgettable experience.
Get on your bike and experience the Waterford Greenway for 46km of scenic cycling. Along the way, you’ll come across special moments such as blissful views of the Comeragh Mountain Range and the River Shannon.
The Waterford Greenway links two of Waterford’s most popular spots – Dungarvan and Waterford City. Get your tickets for a show at the theatre in Waterford City and see some famous names in action.
Waterford city has it all, from hip bistros to scenic views. Start your day with a tasty breakfast before exploring all of the adventures on offer in the area. Stop off for lunch or a cup of coffee at Kilmacthomas.
Majestic Bray Head dominates the landscape, go on a hike to its summit and enjoy incredible views of Wicklow. A dolphin watching spot, admire the breathtaking scenery and take some photos to keep the memory.
The Bray to Greystones walk is an activity that should be on every visiting tourist’s list. The stunning 7km long route will take you through the hilly terrain, and you’ll get to admire the beautiful views along the way. Head to the beach and try some water sports. Choose from rafting, kayaking or surfing and get prepared for a rush of adrenaline.
Why not pop into your local arts centre and see what’s on? See theatre performances, cultural talks or dance classes. Check out the festival calendar, exhibitions and workshops.
Drop by for a bite to eat when you are hungry after going for a swim at the beach. Check out the artisan breads, great coffees and home baked treats. For an even better experience, book a table at a high-end restaurant that has amazing sea views.
The West Coast of Ireland by Campervan
Head West and the journey of a lifetime awaits you along 2,500kms of the world’s most diverse and spectacular coastline on the famous Wild Atlantic Way driving route which follows Ireland’s West coast. Experience the thrill of wild, rugged landscapes and invigorating sea air. This route is perfectly located next to our Roscommon campervan depot and definitely worth the drive.
Pack your bags and leave the hustle and bustle behind. Get ready to revel in the best experience of what Ireland has to offer.
Incredible places to see on the Wild Atlantic Way
The Burren, one of Ireland’s most unique landscapes, consists of limestone pavements and rock formations. You’ll also find a range of native flowers and plants scattered across the area.
Spend a day hiking the Burren Way and enjoy the beautiful view. Have some lunch at the crystal-clear Lough Bunny before heading off to Mullaghmore Mountain, concluding your day with a picturesque sunset
Explore the picturesque villages in The Burren. Visit quaint Kilfenora with its historic high crosses and visit the colourful harbour in Ballyvaughan.
The Burren is a tourist hot-spot for food lovers! There are many cafes and restaurants on offer as well as endless heritage sites.
Connemara is a wonderful place to make lasting memories. Whether you are wandering aimlessly through the Connemara National Park or taking on one of the challenging mountain hikes, you will have unforgettable experiences here.
Connemara is one of the most beautiful areas in Ireland, and it’s known for its breathtaking historical sites such as the castled Renvyle Peninsula. O’Flaherty Castle was once the home of Grace O’Malley, a Pirate Queen who did some pretty incredible things.
Connemara is full of wonderful restaurants, so there should be no difficulty finding a new favourite dish. Perhaps you’re in the mood for tasty tapas or want to treat yourself to a fine dining experience. Regardless of your preference, you should be able to find it here and make sure not to be in Connemara without trying the appropriate cocktail or a sip of Guinness.
Great Western Greenway
From the rugged Nephin Beg Mountains to majestic Clew Bay, soak in the beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way along the Great Western Greenway. . The views are truly mesmerising!
Visit Mulranny Beach with its glorious, golden sand dunes, watch out for the striking cliffs of Clare Island and stop off at the village of Achill Sound, a sanctuary of serenity..
Along the way, soak up some of Mayo’s breathtaking landscapes and stop into some of the pretty little villages & towns. You can enjoy scenic Westport with its colourful shops, pubs and restaurants.
Experience the Great Western Greenway for the beautiful views and the experience of outdoor living. Stops along the way provide a chance to enjoy a coffee and a homemade treat while taking in the scenery around you.
There are many places to visit on the Aran Islands including lighthouses, holy wells and historic monuments. Come see the magnificent Dún Aonghasa on the rocky edge of Inishmore (Inis Mór) and swim in the clear blue waters of Kilmurvey Beach.
Visit Dun Aengus, an amazing cliffside fort with incredible views. On Inishmore, you can see a colony of seals and visit swans and rare birds in the area too.
The ingredients that are used are sourced on the islands, try the premium crab & lobster caught fresh that morning. And a cold pint by the fire in one of the pubs on Inishmore for a great night’s craic!
The Ring of Kerry
Navigate the beautiful coastal roads with excellent views around every turn. Your journey begins in the jovial town of Killarney and ends in Killorglin – a charming little village. These are just a few of the great highlights from your excursion!
With their intertwining golden strands, Derrynane Beach is a natural wonder. You’ll feel the ocean breeze as you listen to the crashing waves. Take a break and visit Sneem with its breathtaking views of the ocean and its historic stone fort.
Moll’s Gap is for a scenic walk that also has breathtaking views of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks and an amazing stay in Kenmare. It’s a once in a lifetime experience for dramatic scenery and cycling through Ring of Kerry.
Go with friends to an Irish pub and have dinner there. Famous for traditional music, these places give you the rare chance to hear talented musicians and fascinating storytellers. It can be daunting trying to find one on your own but once you do it will be hard to leave!
The scenic route is where you’ll find different types of cafes, pubs and restaurants. Come on by and experience the charm for yourself.
Uncover centuries of colourful mediaeval history as you meander the Latin Quarter, with its beautifully-cobbled streets. Have a chat and a pint by one of the city’s many turf fires, or go for a walk on Salthill promenade. Walk, take a bus or even rent a boat to explore the beautiful city of Galway and its bay. With its rich food scene, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Go for a walk over the Salmon Weir Bridge and take in the breathtaking views of Galway. Keep an eye out for Galway Cathedral which has beautiful stained-glass windows. Built on the site of the old city prison, this cathedral gives off a wonderfully spiritual aura with its stunning architecture.
The Galway City Museum is a must visit to get a sense of the city’s rich past, experience beautiful views of the Claddagh, and cross off one of your tourist bucket list items.
Every visit to Galway City should include a visit to Salthill, the promenade is great for a walk and be sure to ‘kick the wall’ at the end. It’s a local tradition.
Music is a huge part of Galway City, it runs through all corners of the city. Whether you’re stepping into a lively trad session or catching a concert in one of the pubs, there are always plenty of opportunities to get involved. The pulsating beat guarantees you’ll have an amazing time and will never forget it!
When visiting Galway, there are a range of cuisines to choose from with Italian and Thai food available for hungry visitors. If you’re after a drink check out the Stomping Ground Pub on the city’s Fairgreen Hill.
When you’re in the City of Tribes, make sure to spend some time at the food markets. One place you can find is a spot filled with handmade chocolates, sushi rolls and delicious cheeses.
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