Whilst motorhomes offer the ability to travel to nearly any destination in any country, here at Comfort Insurance we often like to remind our readers that there are plenty of great places to visit closer to home. This is why we have previously published articles on motorhome trips in Scotland and Wales, and now it’s time to look at another great country close to home – Ireland!
Ireland already has a fantastic reputation when it comes to tourism as it offers both bustling cities as well as breath-taking beauty that you can’t see anywhere else. Motorhome holidays are also extremely popular in the Emerald Isle, meaning that you can either decide to take your own or hire a different model once you cross the Irish Sea.
Below are some of our top destinations and activities to take part in whilst you visit Ireland – if you have your own hidden gems let us know in the comments section below!
Wild Atlantic Way (Slí an Atlantaigh Fhiáin)
Just take a look at this picture – could you imagine a more perfect setting for your next motorhome trip? The Wild Atlantic Way spans the entire west coast of Ireland and features some of the most beautiful countryside settings anyone could ask for. The above photo shows the Slieve League mountain in Country Donegal, North West of Ireland, which features some of the highest sea cliffs in the country at 601 meters.
Further south you will find the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, a multi-award winning destination which millions of tourists flock to each and every year. At the highest point of the cliffs you will find O’Brien’s Tower, built in 1835 by local landlord Sir Cornellius O’Brien. Keen-eyed film buffs may already recognise the Cliffs of Moher as they were featured in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince!
Finding somewhere to stay on the Wild Atlantic Way couldn’t be easier as there are numerous camping and caravan parks across the entire west coast. Derrylahan Independent Hostel is just a 10 minute drive from Slieve League and offers pitches for just 8 Euros per person per night and provides electricity, water and showers. Meanwhile, Nagles Doolin Camping is just 13 minutes away from the Cliffs of Moher and offers full shower and toilet facilities, a laundry room and even WiFi.
Land of 5,000 Dawns
Once you have enjoyed the west coast of Ireland why not travel east to soak up some culture in the form of prehistoric sites which date back almost 5,000 years? The Land of 5,000 Dawns spans the counties of Cavan, Longford, Louth, Meath, Monaghan and Westmeath, all of which offer a wide choice of fascinating historic locations.
Newgrange in County Meath is one of the oldest tombs in the entire world, and at dawn on the 21st December (winter solstice) visitors are treated to the spectacular sight of a shaft of light entering the building above the entrance until is finally falls upon the burial chamber in the centre of the monument, honouring the dead.
Across the counties you will also find relics from the Viking and Saxon eras, as well as the background to some of the most famous Irish myths in the world including leprechauns. Campsites in the area are in-keeping with the historic feel, such as the Loughcrew Megalithic Centre in County Mead which holds traditional music sessions (however they do also have WiFi and hook up points!)
Dublin (Baile Átha Cliath)
When most people think of Ireland the most obvious place that springs to mind is, of course, Dublin! Most people feel like a trip to Ireland isn’t complete with at least a brief stop off at The Dubs, however as it’s a city it’s not always easy to park your motorhome or find somewhere low-cost to spend the night.
Luckily, there are a number of campsites on the outskirts of Dublin such as the Camac Valley Caravan & Camping Park in South Dublin which boasts the accolade of being the only 4 star AA rated caravan park in Ireland. Once you are parked and settled in you can then head off to the town centre where you can enjoy traditional Irish cuisine, take part in a sightseeing or walking tour and, of course, visit the famous Guinness factory!
After all this you can simply pop on a ferry home and start deciding where you will visit next time you head off to the Emerald Isle!