Road-Trip across Ireland in a campervan


Road-Trip across 

Ireland in a campervan

Fancy travelling around Ireland in a campervan? Find out more about our circuit ideas in the Emerald Island in order to prepare your road trip and know all about what you should not miss in the shamrock country!

A 3-DAY WEEKEND ROAD TRIP IN IRELAND

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Day 1: Visit Dublin, the capital city

After picking up your van at the Dublin agency, stroll around the streets to let the atmosphere of the city soak in. Dublin is the cultural and historical center of Ireland, and a mandatory stopover during your road-trip in Ireland. Dive into the world of famous writers such as Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett or Bram Stocker at the Dublin Writers Museum. Here are some other Dublin must-sees: the Castle, City Hall, Trinity College, St Werbugh church… You can also stroll around the numerous parks of the city.

How could we talk about Dublin without mentioning Guinness, right? Don’t miss the Guinness Storehouse! You will know everything about the stout, so go straight ahead and drink one in the Temple bar neighbourhood, where you will find many pubs as well as a great atmosphere.

If you are in Dublin around March 17th, go celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in a pub! It is a major event in Ireland, so don’t miss out!

After a day filled with visits and new discoveries, it is time to head back to your campervan for the night! Check our Blacksheep Van app and its « Where to sleep tonight? » section. You will find the spots around you to park your van for the night.

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Day 2: Explore the south-eastern coast of Ireland

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It is time to hit the road in your camper van, and head to the Wicklow National Park! You can first stopg near Lough Tay Lake. It is the perfect place to have a picnic in nature.

After lunch, get back on the road in the Wicklow National Park and stop by Glendalough, a hamlet where you can visit the ruins of a monastery from the 6th century. From there, you can start one of the 5 indicated hike paths that will lead you to two other lakes, Upper and Lower Lake.

It’s time to set camp for the night! Find a spot around you where you can park for the night. Remember to check the Blacksheep Van app and its « Where to sleep tonight? » section.

Day 3: Last day

After a good night sleep in your camper van, it is time to hit the road again and enjoy your last day to the maximum. Head to the Irish National Heritage Park south of the Wicklow National Park. By strolling through this park you will dive into the Irish History, from the Stone to the Bronze Age, from the Celtic to the Christian period and the Viking conquest… A blast from the past!

After this historical stroll, head to Johnstown Castle, a true jewel from the Middle-Ages. You will not be able to visit the castle, but the gardens are worth a look. You might even come across some peacocks.

Unfortunately, your road-trip is already coming to an end. It is time to head back to Dublin to return the camper van to the agency. Don’t forget to fill the gas tank and clean the van inside and out!

A WEEK-LONG ROAD TRIP IN THE SOUTH OF IRELAND

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Day 1: Visit Dublin, the capital city

After picking up your van at the Dublin agency, stroll around the streets to let the atmosphere of the city soak in. Dublin is the cultural and historical center of Ireland, and a mandatory stopover during your road-trip in Ireland. Dive into the world of famous writers such as Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett or Bram Stocker at the Dublin Writers Museum. Here are some other Dublin must-sees: the Castle, City Hall, Trinity College, St Werbugh church… You can also stroll around the numerous parks of the city.

How could we talk about Dublin without mentioning Guinness, right? Don’t miss the Guinness Storehouse! You will know everything about the stout, so go straight ahead and drink one in the Temple bar neighbourhood, where you will find many pubs as well as a great atmosphere.

If you are in Dublin around March 17th, go celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in a pub! It is a major event in Ireland, so don’t miss out!

After a day filled with visits and new discoveries, it is time to head back to your campervan for the night! Check our Blacksheep Van app and its « Where to sleep tonight? » section. You will find the spots around you to park your van for the night.

Day 2: Cross Ireland from East to West

After a good rest in your camperv an, it is time to head to the Western side of the island! You will only need to drive for 1 hour and a half to arrive at the first stop of the day: the Clonmacnoise monastery. There, you will come across many church remains, a cathedral, round tours and Celtic crosses. This site dates back to the 9th century and has gone through major changes up until the 11th century. It is one of the most representative places of Catholicism in Europe.

 

It is now time to jump back into your camper van and head to Galway. It is a one-hour drive from Clonmacnoise. You will arrive in the 4th city in Ireland, where about 75.000 people live. Enjoy the lively pedestrian streets of the city and stop in the numerous pubs and restaurants. If you fancy a cultural outing and want to know more about Galway’s history, head to the Galway City Museum. You can also explore the coastal landscapes with activities such as speleology, coasteering, caving or climbing. After a very full day, stroll around the Salthill along the coast where, if you’re lucky with the weather, you might watch a beautiful sunset.

 

Get back to your camper van, find a little spot to park and cook dinner, and have a good night sleep before you next day!

Day 3: Connemara

This morning, your road trip will take you to Connemara. This region is perfect for nature lovers. You will cross wild great outdoors such as mountains, heaths and lakes. Don’t miss one of the touristic jewels of the region: Kylemore castle. Dating back from the 19th century, it was a gift from a Liverpudlian merchant to his wife. The castle’s architecture will blow your mind, and you will also be able to walk around the gardens and the abbey that the merchant built to remember his wife who died shortly after the castle was finished.

Jump back into your camper van and drive to the sky road, one of the most beautiful roads of Ireland that will lead you through wonderful landscapes and stunning outlooks over the ocean. You might even come across a few sheeps along the way as they roam free in the region.

With your head full of beautiful images and a full day of exploring, park the van along the coast after checking our Blacksheep Van app, and sleep well before your fourth day of Irish adventures!

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Day 4: Discovery of the Western coast of Ireland

Eat a good breakfast in front of the ocean in your Blacksheep van. There’s nothing better to start the day right! Head to the South along the coast with your campervan and stop at the Poulnabrone dolmen in the Burren national park. You can visit for free this dolmen that is one of the most famous dolmens of Ireland.

After that, get back on the road. You will only need about 20 minutes to reach the Cliffs of Moher, that are known to be some of the most beautiful cliffs of the Emerald Island.

You will be able to park your campervan in a car park for 8€, and walk to these magnificent cliffs that will for sure leave you starry eyed. If you fancy, you will also be able to surf a few waves down the cliffs, it is the perfect place to enjoy the Atlantic Ocean.

Get back into your campervan, you will find many spots around to park it and spend the night.

Day 5: From the Bunratty castle to Cork

Start your campervan and hit to road to the Bunratty castle. After a one-hour drive, you will reach this middle-aged castle that was recently refurbished. You will be able to visit the castle and discover its tapestries, furniture and paintings. Near the castle, go visit Folk Park, which is the reconstitution of an 19th century Irish village. It will transport you in time. For the Middle-ages aficionados, make sure to stay in the evening to take part in a medieval banquet with period costumes and food. Just be sure to book in advance so that you are sure to have a seat.

If you do not fancy staying late, get back into your campervan and head to Cork, the second city of Eire. The city has many things to offer! You can go shopping at the English Market, an indoor market with an impressive wood framework; there, you will find anything you need! If you are looking for a more unusual experience, you can try the visit of the Cork City Goal, the former city prison that is now open to the public. If you fancy a stroll, head to the university district or the hills above the city. About 20 kilometres from Cork, you can go to Cobh, the Titanic last port city and the starting point of many Irish people’s journey to America at the beginning of the 20th century. The area around Cork has many things to offer, whether they are cultural or sport related.

Fancy a little paddle? In Cork you can kayak on the Lee, the river that crosses the town.

After a very full day, it is time to find a good spot to park the campervan and spend the night!

Day 6: let’s go East!

This morning, start your campervan and head East to reach the Rock of Cashel. It is situated on top of a rock and is composed of various constructions and ruins from the Middle-Ages: you canf ind a cathedral, a round tower or a chapel. The Rock of Cashel is one of the most famous medieval sites of Ireland. You can also pay a visit to Cashel town centre, which was the capital city of the Munster kingdom, to taste the city cheese, the Cashel Blue, famous in all of Ireland.

Get back in your campervan and head to the South-West towards Coumshingaun Lough. It is a breathtaking place where you will find a lake in the middle of a mountain circus. For the most experienced hikers out there, you can try and get to the top of the mountain to have a magnificent viewpoint all over the lake. Pinky swear, you won’t regret it !

Roam around and you will surely find a good spot to park your van for the night. If not, check our Blacksheep Van app!

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Day 7: The one before the last one

Have a good breakfast in your campervan and you are on for another day! Today, head to Kilkenny. It is a perfectly conserved medieval town that will delight you. You can stroll around the charming city centre and visit the different churches of the city. Make sure you check the Black Abbey which is famous in the city for its stained-glass windows, one of which is the biggest rose window in Ireland. Then, you can go visit the Kilkenny Castle that made the town famous. It dates back to the 12th century and was refurbished in 1967. You will marvel in front of its tapestries, painting gallery and library. If you want to relax for a bit, head to one of the pub of the city and enjoy a Smithwick, a lager brewed since 1710. If the weather is on your side, you can stroll around a park or try to find people playing hurling, a Gaelic sport that is very popular in Kilkenny. You might even get to try it if you ask!

Jump back in your van and drive to the Brownshill dolmen, 5 kilometres west of the city Carlow. The dolmen is the biggest in Europe, you will be impressed by its size!

It is now time to find the perfect spot to spend your last night in the campervan. Enjoy your last night of freedom to its full potential and be sure to truly take advantage of it!

Day 8: The last day of your Irish road trip!

It is the last day of your roadtrip, but it does not mean you cannot enjoy it! Drive East towards the Wicklow Mountains national park. Stop first at Glendalough, a hamlet where you can visit the ruins of a monastery from the 6th century. Glendalough is also the departure point of many hikes. You can have a stroll around the two lakes next to the hamlet. Get back on the road in the Wicklow Mountains and make one last stop in Sally Gap where you will come across an exceptional panorama, one of the most beautiful in the country. You have two choices: either you go on a hike, or you just drive across the beautiful scenery of Sally Gap.

It is now time to head back to Dublin as your road trip is coming to an end. Remember to fill up the gas tank and clean the van inside and out before you drop it off at our Dublin agency!

A 5-DAY ROAD TRIP IN THE NORTH OF IRELAND

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Day 1: Visit Dublin, the capital city

After picking up your van at the Dublin agency, stroll around the streets to let the atmosphere of the city soak in. Dublin is the cultural and historical center of Ireland, and a mandatory stopover during your road-trip in Ireland. Dive into the world of famous writers such as Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett or Bram Stocker at the Dublin Writers Museum. Here are some other Dublin must-sees: the Castle, City Hall, Trinity College, St Werbugh church… You can also stroll around the numerous parks of the city.

How could we talk about Dublin without mentioning Guinness, right? Don’t miss the Guinness Storehouse! You will know everything about the stout, so go straight ahead and drink one in the Temple bar neighbourhood, where you will find many pubs as well as a great atmosphere.

If you are in Dublin around March 17th, go celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in a pub! It is a major event in Ireland, so don’t miss out!

After a day filled with visits and new discoveries, it is time to head back to your campervan for the night! Check our Blacksheep Van app and its « Where to sleep tonight? » section. You will find the spots around you to park your van for the night.

Day 2: Newgrange archeological site and Burren Cavan

This morning, head to Newgrange to visit one of the biggest and oldest archeological sites in Ireland. This site dates back 5000 years and is even older than Stonehedge in England! Do not miss this visit that will take you thousands of years before our era.

After this journey through the ages, hit the road again to get to Cavan Burren Park. From there, you can start one of the 5 hikes to discover the park. The hikes are accessible to anyone, as they last from 1km to 7km.

The sun is setting already, and it is time to find a spot to park the campervan for the night. Cook yourself something yummy and enjoy the comfort of your van for a good night sleep.

Day 3: Slieve League and Glencar

Wake up in your campervan, have a little breakfast and get back on the road! Head to the North-West of the country and discover its stunning cliffs. You will have to drive for about 2 hours before you reach the cliffs of Slieve League. These cliffs are some of the highest ones in Europe with their 600-meter height. You will be amazed by this wonderful landscape. Be sure to get to the lookout point to enjoy the view. You can reach the summit of these cliffs through a hike path.

After this breathtaking spectacle, climb back into your camper van and head south along the coastline. Your next stop is Glencar. There, you will find a wild Lake that you can walk round. But Glencar is mostly known for its waterfall. You can find it in the forest right next to the lake. It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls of Ireland. If it is raining, don’t miss out because that’s when it is the most impressive.

When the evening comes along, park the van next to the lake, you will not be disturbed there!

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Day 4: County Sligo

After a good night rest, you wake up feeling fresh in your camper van, and are ready to get on with another day of roadtrip! You wil not have to drive for long to get to the next stop which is Ben Bulben. The rock formation is peculiar and forms a mountain of 526 meters of altitude. It is the perfect place to go climbing or hiking. If you fancy climbing it, be careful and do not climb through the North Face, which is the most dangerous one because of the strong winds coming from the Atlantic Ocean. Go to the Southern face if you really fancy a good yet safe climb.

Get back into your camper van and head to Strandhill for a good old surf session in the Atlantic ocean.

To finish this already pretty full day, drive to Sligo, the capital city of the county. Visit this charming little city and do not miss its 13th century abbey which is an architectural jewel. If you want to find out more about all of the city’s secrets, we highly recommand you book the Sligo Path Guided Tour.

It is now time to head out of the city and find a spot to enjoy your last night in your Blacksheep van!

Day 5: Trim castle and back to Dublin

It is (sadly) already the last day of your road trip. This morning, leave for your last stop before heading back to Dublin to drop the van off at the agency. Stop at Trim Castle, where you will be able to visit the fortress and its tour. This castle is the biggest one in Ireland. And if you are a fan of the film Braveheart, the castle might ring a bell…

But it is already time to get back to Dublin to drop the van off at the agency. Remember to fill up the gas tank and clean the camper van inside and out!

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