Holidaying using your own wheels is a popular and very enjoyable experience in Ireland. Unlike most of the rest of Europe, numerous free sites are available throughout the country for those on campervan style excursions across Ireland. However, finding these sites is not always easy.
If you arrive in an area early, a simple query at the local council office will usually suffice. If you arrive into a town outside of office hours, normally the local person you ask will display typical Irish hospitality and point you in the right direction. Facilities vary, but fresh water and waste disposal are usually the required minimum. If facilities are poor, inform the local council, they will usually help.
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There are official campsites in Ireland, although fewer than many countries (given the climate). Wild camping is tolerated, although you should seek permission if it is directly within eye shot of the landowners house. Never camp in a field in which livestock are present.
The top List
Below you will find a list of the gotoireland.today recommended camping & caravan parks. These are the most popular parks in Ireland and many have won awards.
Carnfunnock Country Park, Co Antrim - For a fun family or group day out in Larne, County Antrim bring the kids to Carnfunnock Country Park and discover unique attractions, activities and events. Located less than 25 miles from Belfast, on the breathtaking Antrim Coast Road, this 191 hectare park also contains a 5 star touring caravan park and campsite, perfect for visitors from the UK, Ireland and overseas to explore N. Ireland - Visit website
Eagle Point Camping, Co Cork - Caravan pitches at Eagle Point are organised in tiered terraces along the 20 acres peninsula. Whether you’re a family on a fun filled family holiday, or a couple wanting to spend time together, there is a suitable pitch for you at Eagle Point. And for those on an adventure without the children, they have Adult Only pitches in “The Meadow”. Motorhome Pitches are Hard standings with 6 amps electrical hookup & awning space. For tents, their generous (8x8mtr) grass pitches, with 6 amp electric hook-up, are in a designated area near amenities - Visit website
Camac Valley, Co Dublin - 163 pitches just off the M50, this site gets a lot of business from concert-goers and ferries, though facilities including a children's playground, putting green, free Wi-Fi and 24/7 security make it handy for families too. It's just a short bus ride from the city and a stone's throw from Corkagh Park and its fishing lakes. Dates: Year-round - Visit website
Wave Crest Caravan Park, Co Kerry - Wave Crest caravan and camping site is a 4 star, friendly, informal and family-run camp site in Caherdaniel on the Ring of Kerry, Ireland. This picturesque waterfront site with unique panoramic sea views offers the perfect base for a relaxing camping holiday in Ireland with friendly and helpful staff. They have outstanding facilities for families with on-site tourist information, a well stocked shop, Café and deli, a fully equipped play area for children plus direct access to the water for launching water sports equipment! Open all year - Visit website
Nore Valley Park, Co Kilkenny - This family run site is located in a quiet, peaceful valley and is personally supervised at all times. A high standard of cleanliness is a priority throughout the site and amenities with no noise or socialising after midnight. Free showers and hot water. Situated on an open farm. Patrons have free access to the farm and children are encouraged to assist in animal feeding. Open: 1 March – 31 October. River walk through farm and woodland, children’s play area, sandpit with diggers and chess all free. Also at extra charge poolroom, crazy golf, pedal go-karts, trailer rides and 3D indoor maze. Within 10 km swimming, fishing, canoeing, golf, craft shops, horse riding and many historical sites - Visit website
Battlebridge Caravan & Camping Park, Co Leitrim - Caravan and Camping on the banks of the River Shannon. Highly recommended by The Irish Independent, National Geographic Magazine, Tripadvisor, RTE's "No Frontiers" and featured on RTE's "At Your Service" this campsite offers stunning year-round camping surrounded by woodland, water and friendly faces - Visit website
Curragh Chase Forest Park, Co Limerick - Wonderfully spacious, perfectly placed and incredibly enticing, Curraghchase Caravan & Camp Site is uniquely nestled in the beautiful grounds of the 609 Acre Curraghchase Forest Park, at Kilcornan, Co. Limerick. Just a short drive from Limerick City, the Beautiful Village of Adare and of course Foynes on the Wild Atlantic Way, Curraghchase Caravan & Camp Site is the ideal base to explore the South West - Visit website
Cong Caravan and Camping Park, Co Mayo - The Cong Caravan and Camping Park is surrounded by Quiet Man film locations and the beautiful Connemara countryside between Lough Mask and Lough Corrib. Tent pitches, hard standing and/or grass pitches for caravans and motor homes with and without electricity, kitchen, bbq area, sitting room, mini-cinema, laundry, waste water disposal, chemical disposal, wheelchair accessible facilities, children’s playground, small shop, freezer for Fishermen’s catch and free wifi. Nightly showing of The Quiet Man film in mini-cinema. - Visit website
Ballinacourty House Caravan & Camping Park, Co Tipperary - Ballinacourty House Caravan and Camping Park is a quiet, unique, family run park in the beautiful Glen of Aherlow. A well kept park which provides a well equipped and relaxing environment for a short break or family holiday - Visit website
River Valley Holiday Park, Co Wicklow - Nestled in stunningly beautiful County Wicklow, Ireland, River Valley Caravan & Camping Holiday Park is the perfect choice whether you are a Family with Children seeking a Family camping holiday destination with fun and activities, or a couple seeking a holiday with a little piece and quiet. Adult Couples are conveniently accommodated in a totally separate part of the Holiday Camping Park known as the Secret Garden, where they get to enjoy a child-free, adult only camping accommodation area, free from noise, bikes and games - Visit website