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If you dream of swapping city stress for gorgeous countryside and a laid-back way of life, you’ll love camping in Ireland.  Known as the Emerald Isle for its lush green countryside and with its famous Wild Atlantic Coast, Ireland is an enchanting destination of stunning coasts and quaint villages. CampStead has various options for you when visiting Ireland, from family glamping holidays, touring and camping, and static hire caravans, you are sure to find something to suit your needs.

Things you should know about camping in Ireland

Ireland is divided in two, although the border is currently an invisible line separating the six counties of Northern Ireland from the 32 counties of Eire (Republic of Ireland). We’ll be concentrating on camping in the Republic of Ireland (ROI), where you’ll find the locals are friendly and prices are in Euros, rather than pounds sterling used in Northern Ireland. Ireland is known for its pub culture, so there’s always somewhere to enjoy a tasty Irish stew washed down with a pint of Guinness. Camping in Ireland will inevitably include local sights, history and cultural experiences, such as listening to local fiddlers, watching light-footed Irish dancers or joining locals in a spontaneous sing-song in the pub. Whether you are camping, glamping or caravanning in Ireland, you’ll quickly find yourself in the heart of local life.

Popular locations for camping in Ireland

Although Ireland is just 302 miles long and 174 miles wide, it pays to explore one area thoroughly when you visit Ireland, rather than trying to do it all. Here are some of the main areas that we recommend for camping holidays in Ireland, and some of the best campsites in Ireland for you to use as a base.

Camping in Dublin

Camping in County Dublin puts you within reach of Ireland’s historic pint-sized capital, home of historic Trinity College and Parliament Square. Tour the famous Guinness Brewery at St James Gate and tread in the footsteps of writers and poets such as James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw. Visit museums, stroll beside the River Liffey and explore the many shops and pubs in the Temple Bar area of this friendly city. Camping in Dublin also puts you within easy reach of Malahide Castle and Gardens, Killiney Golf Club, the charming towns of Dalkey and Howth and the bustling harbour at Dun Laoghaire.

Camping in Cork

Camp in Ireland’s largest county, Cork, and you’ll find historic Blarney Castle and Gardens on your doorstep. Steeped in political history and culture, County Cork boasts some of Ireland’s most dramatic scenery including the rugged Beara Peninsula and Mizen Head. Gourmet glampers will want to visit Kinsale while shoppers should head to the market town of Skibbereen or bustling Clonakilty.

Camping in Galway

Campsites in County Galway provides visitors with wonderful beaches and mountains for walking amidst breathtaking natural beauty, particularly around Connemara. Listen to the lilting Celtic language which prevails in this area, learn about the symbolic Claddagh ring, visit the Aran Islands and explore the narrow streets of Galway, Ireland’s third largest city. Each summer, the Galway Arts Festival celebrates traditional music, Irish dancing and cultural entertainment. While camping in Galway, you may have time to pop over the border into County Clare and visit the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland’s most visited natural attraction.

Camping in Kerry

The Ring of Kerry on the Iveragh Peninsula is a very special destination for those camping and caravanning in Ireland. Craggy cliffs drop down to rocky bays and colourful villages such as Kenmare, Sneem and Douglas, the perfect place to enjoy fresh seafood and creamy ice cream. Visit the Lakes of Killarney and explore the Dingle Peninsula where you can encounter the resident dolphin, Fungie, on a breezy boat trip.

Camping in Wicklow

One final suggestion for camping in Ireland is County Wicklow, known as the “garden of Ireland”. Visit Glendalough and the scenic Wicklow Mountains and enjoy golf, horse riding, fishing and visiting dramatic waterfalls and glens. Home of the movie Braveheart, perhaps this is the most defining county for anyone planning to visit Ireland on a camping holiday.


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