For many holiday makers, Ireland is the ideal camping destination. With wild views, scenic drives, spectacular coasts and an abundance of outdoor activities to enjoy, the island is a trove for adventurous visitors of all generations. So whether you’re here for the golf or Guinness, if you live where you park or you’re just looking to go off the beaten travel track, these five camping experiences could be just for you:
1. Cape Clear Island Camping, Cork
Tradition tells that Saint Ciarán was born on this beautiful island in the dark ages. Officially Ireland’s southernmost inhabited Gaeltacht island, Cape Clear is in many ways a unique camping experience. After you’ve brushed up on your Gaeilge, take the ferry out from Baltimore and pitch up in a Mongolian Yurt for the weekend: with its nearby watersports, tranquil hills and wild sea vistas, this camping site won’t disappoint.
2. Dundonald Touring Caravan Park, Down
Situated in the rolling hills of Castlereagh, this caravan and camping park is also within easy driving distance of central Belfast. See the city sites, travel the stunning coast roads of County Down, or relax with a host of activities on location. Whatever your preference, Dundonald is the perfect base to explore this remarkable corner of the island, with its wide spectrum of visitor attractions.
3. Boutique Camping, Westmeath
Treat yourself to a luxury camping experience at this atmospheric inland site. Surrounded by over a hundred acres of stunning parkland, you can choose your accommodation from cosy yurts, charming shepherds’ huts and a number of self catering cottages. Enjoy your stay by strolling the walled garden, boating on the lake, renting a mountain bike or seeing what’s on the menu in the converted barn and dining hall. This campsite caters for groups of all tastes and sizes.
4. Mannix Point Caravan Park and Camping, Kerry
Some say the camping park a Mannix Point is unrivalled for the beauty of its views. On the brink of Europe, overlooking Valentia and Begnish islands, this tranquil park is also surrounded on three sides by a spectacular vista of hills and mountains. Loved by visitors and unanimously acclaimed by travel guides, Mannix Point is an ideal stopping-point for travellers looking to explore the sights and mysteries of Kerry, Ireland’s Kingdom.
5. Wild Atlantic Camping, Donegal Don’t forget that the north west coast has its fair share of enchanting ocean scenery, too. Dive right in at the Wild Atlantic Camping in Donegal, where visitors can rent a wooden pod, a bell tent or keep their own motorhomes on site. This camping park has something for everyone: its location is a short drive from Rosapena Golf Course, from two local surf schools in Dunfanaghy, and that’s not to mention the fine fishing to be enjoyed at nearby Lough na Toohey, Roosky Lake and Glen Lough. So take the cliff-top walk or huddle round the fire – either way, Wild Atlantic Camping is the place to be.