Campervan holidays in Ireland: The Emerald Isle# Itineraries
Sláinte and welcome to Ireland! The Emerald Isle embraces you with traditional Irish hospitality, fantastic landscapes and of course one or two delicious Guinness. But have you ever thought about Campervan holidays in Ireland?
All you need to do is rent a Motorhome at PaulCamper, jump onto a ferry and off you go on your adventure. To make the trip easier for you, we’ve collected all the important information on the best time of the year to visit Ireland, how to get there, campsites on the ground as well as the best travel destinations in Ireland. Let’s get going!
Current Covid regulations travelling to Ireland
Since 6 March 2022, all restrictions have been lifted. You do not need to show any proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or proof of negative test results anymore. Additionally, you do not have to show the passenger locator form receipt anymore. However, please make sure to check the current regulations again before travelling. One thing we’ve learned in the past two years is that things can change fast and you don’t want to be left surprised.
The most popular routes from the UK to Ireland include Liverpool (England) to Dublin, Holyhead (Wales) to Dublin, Fishguard (Wales) to Rosslare and Pembroke (Wales) to Rosslare. From Scotland, you first have to cross over to Northern Ireland from Cairnryan to either Larne or Belfast and then cross the border to Ireland with your Campervan.
The duration of a ferry to Ireland from the UK ranges from only 2 hours and 30 minutes (Fishguard to Rosslare) to 8 hours (Liverpool to Dublin). With only 2 hours and 15 minutes, the ferry ride from Scotland to Belfast is one of the fastest.
Which ferries run between the UK and Ireland?
StenaLine operates the route from Fishguard to Rosslare currently with 14 weekly sailings, Pembroke to Rosslare with 16 weekly sailings as well as from Scotland to Belfast with 6 daily sailings. P&O Irish Sea operates the route between Scotland to Larne with 42 weekly sailings and from Liverpool to Dublin with 18 weekly sailings.
Last but not least the Holyhead Dublin ferry route is currently operated by Irish Ferries and StenaLine and both services run up to 4 times per day. As you can see, there are many options to choose from and you will for sure find the one that suits your travel plans best.
Best time to visit Ireland
The climate in Ireland is shaped by its location in the Atlantic and with the Gulf stream right on its doorstep. That said, the island has a mild, temperate climate and although it’s rainy at times, you can visit all year round. The best time for Campervan holidays in Ireland is late spring or early autumn. Especially during May and September, there are lots of sunny days with little rain. During the summertime, you can expect long days as the sun only sets after 11 pm.
The weather in West Ireland
Overall, you can split Ireland into two zones. The west is a bit rainier but the ocean is much warmer here. With an average temperature of 17 degrees, July and August are the warmest months. With 8 hours of sunshine, June is the sunniest month and at 24 degrees the ocean is also the warmest during this month.
The weather in East Ireland
The east is drier than the west, but the ocean is also much colder during the year. May, July and August will deliver the most hours of sunshine and with average temperatures of 17 degrees, July and August are the warmest months.
Campervan holidays in Ireland – the best travel tips
You’ve got all the information on how to travel to Ireland with a Motorhome, the best time of the year to visit and the current Covid regulations, so now it is time to focus on the most beautiful destinations to visit on your Campervan holidays in Ireland. There are so many stunning places that we, ourselves, can hardly decide which ones are the best but we’ve picked our favourites! Hopefully, you are as thrilled about a road trip across the Emerald Isle as we are.
Round and round the Ring of Kerry
In Southwest Ireland on the peninsula of Iveragh in the County of Kerry lies the 111 miles long Ring of Kerry. The picturesque route leads through amazing national parks, past the coast and cute villages.
One of the highlights is the Killarney National Park. Here you can find one of the most spectacular landscapes on the island, including dozens of lakes, mountains, waterfalls, thick forests and lots of wildlife. And don’t forget about the beautiful hiking routes!
Fairies and leprechauns are as much a part of the Irish culture as having a great night out in the pub and Sneem is one of the places where you can find them according to the legends.
The Gap of Dunloe has of course its place on our list of landmarks on the Ring of Kerry. In between Ireland’s tallest mountain range, the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, you will find a landscape out of this world. The river Loe runs through the lush green of the valley and the area is about 2 Mio years old!
Last but not least, an excursion to Skellig Island should be on your must-see list for the Ring of Kerry. The Island served as a film location for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. After just a short boat ride from the mainland, you can discover the unique nature of Skellig Island and watch the colourful and cute puffins.
Ring of Kerry campsites
Killarney Flesk Camping is perfect for exploring the national park. The campsite is open from April 5 to October 2 and there are electric hook-ups for your Campervan. Additionally, there is a restaurant and a bar, dogs are welcome and you can use the on-site cab service.
Located directly in Sneem, the Goosey Islands campsite offers 35 pitches with electric hook-ups. Freshwater connections are available as well and you can dispose of your grey-water. Dogs are welcome as well at this campsite.
Near the Gap of Dunloe, you can find Fossa Camping Killarney. The campsite is open from March 16 to October 31 and offers 120 pitches with electric hook-ups. Additionally, this campsite offers a playground for kids.
Campervan holidays in Ireland – The Wild Atlantic Way
When visiting Ireland, you simply cannot miss out on the Wild Atlantic Way. The 1.600 miles long spectacular route along the west coast takes you all the way from West Cork to Donegal. This route from start to finish unfolds the wonders of nature and stunning countryside in all its diversity as well as lots of culture, traditions, tasty seafood and enchanting villages.
Our first stop is in Kinsale. The fishing village is famous for its colourful houses at the historic harbour and its delicious seafood. Besides scrumptious food, you can visit the strongholds of Charles Fort, James Fort and Desmond Castle.
Next on our Wild Atlantic Way tour is Fanad Head. The lighthouse at Fanad point is the perfect spot to watch the sunset or even the sunrise. Between the cliffs, you can find coves with white sand beaches and turquoise water.
You can’t miss out on Mullaghmore Head either when touring the Wild Atlantic Way. The village is located on the peninsula of the same name and here you can find a wonderful beach to enjoy long walks. The majestic Benbulbin, a flat-topped rock formation, makes a gorgeous backdrop.
One of the most spectacular highlights are the famous Cliffs of Moher. Tourists flock to the Cliffs each year for good reason and enjoy the 8,6 miles long walk along the sometimes 214 metres steep coast. If you’re daring, you can even peak across the edge, but definitely be careful!
Last but not least, Kylemore Abbey in Connemara has to be on the must-visit list as well. For the past 100 years, the monastery has been home to Benedictine Nuns and the abbey has been built in the 18th century right between a lake and the mountain. The white towers of the building in the middle of all that lush green nature are definitely worth a visit.
Wild Atlantic Way campsites
9 miles from Fanad Head, you can find the Knockalla Camping and Caravan Park. There are hardstanding pitches with electric hook-ups as well as a fresh- and grey-water connection. Additionally, there is an indoor swimming pool, a playground and free WiFi.
Travers Holiday Park is open all year round and located about 9 miles from Mullaghmore. The pitches are outfitted with electric hook-ups and dogs are welcome.
About 5 miles from the Cliffs of Moher, you will find Doolin Camping with 85 pitches. All of the pitches include an electric hook-up as well as fresh- and grey-water connections. The campsite is open from mid-March to mid-October and there is a small supermarket, which is open from the beginning of June until the end of August. Additionally, there is WiFi and a playground.
Home to many legends: The Rock of Cashel
Our next destination for Campervan holidays in Ireland is located in the County of Tipperary. Here you can find a spectacular archaeological site which contains a group of medieval buildings near the city centre of Cashel Town: The Rock of Cashel.
One of the highlights is the round tower, a Romanesque chapel, a gothic cathedral as well as a tower building from the 15th century. King Cormac’s brother (one of the most celebrated kings in Irish tradition) is supposedly buried here.
According to legend, the Rock of Cashel was created by the devil himself. He is said to have bitten off a piece of the mountain “Devil’s Bit” and when he spat it out it flew south and became the Rock of Cashel.
Campervan holidays in Ireland – Tory Island
If you’re travelling to the area surrounding Donegal, it’s worth paying Tory Island a visit. It’s the northwestern-most inhabited point in Europe and this tiny island is only 3 miles long and 0.6 miles wide. You can take the ferry from Magheroarty or Bunbeg Harbour. There are hardly any tourists in this area so you can enjoy the hiking route along the fascinating steep coast without a hurry.
Campsite near Tory Island
The Teach Dixon Pub offers hardstanding pitches with electric hook-ups. The small campsite is open all year round and you get a 10€ (= £8) voucher for food and drinks at the pub.
Ireland’s oldest city – Waterford
Our last travel tip for Campervan holidays in Ireland leads you to the southeast of the island. Waterford has been founded by the Vikings in 914 and even nowadays you can still find parts of the age-old buildings in the town centre. One of the historic highlights is Reginald’s Tower. One thing you have to try when you’re in Waterford is a so-called “Blaa”. It’s an Irish roll, typical for the region.
Campsite near Waterford
The Newton Cove Caravan Park is located 9 miles from Waterford and opens on the 28th of April. The campsite is right at on coast and its pitches are outfitted with electric hook-ups. Additionally, there is a Motorhome service point as well as a playground and free WiFi.
And that’s it! Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed our tips and tricks for Campervan holidays in Ireland and all that’s left to do before you can head on your Irish adventure is to rent a Campervan with us.