Camping Car in Ireland

A motorhome in Ireland - © mark_gusev
A motorhome in Ireland - © mark_gusev

Do you want to go to Ireland by motorhome? Nothing could be easier and nicer to organize a large itinerant trip! Sometimes neglected by tourists, the motorhome in Ireland is in fact an ideal solution for families with tight budgets, who wish to discover Ireland in complete freedom, without worrying about details such as finding accommodation or family transport! Here’s a complete guide to get you started…

The Motorhome in Ireland: a step towards total independence

The advantages

Campervans in Ireland - IrishFireside - cc

Campervans in Ireland – IrishFireside – cc

The Camping Car is really like lugging your own home from one destination to another, for greater comfort, as well as greater independence… By using the Camping Car solution, you have an all-in-one family formula, which provides you with transport, accommodation, a place to cook, as well as a privileged space to live with your family…

In short, the motorhome is well suited for nomadism in Ireland, and allows you to visit the most remote corners of the country without worrying about where you will eat and where you will spend the night. This way, your trip will go the way you want, where you want, in the conditions you want. In short, it’s freedom!

Going to Ireland by motorhome

Ireland has had regular ferry lines for over 15 years now, connecting with France, or Great Britain. These offer not only the transport of people, but also of their vehicles, and motor homes…

However, expect a higher cost of transportation than for a normal vehicle: although this will add considerably to your budget, you should not have such a large expense for the rest of your trip afterwards, since you save on accommodation costs .

Once there, you are ready to discover the Irish roads, settle down near the tourist sites, and live your holidays in all flexibility.

Where to settle down without risks?

In Ireland, there are rather strict regulations on the parking of campervans. Also, be aware that you are not allowed to stop anywhere to spend the night: many village, port or parking places are forbidden to caravanning. The “No Overnight” sign in the language of Shakespeare quickly becomes the anguish of the driver who sees the night coming and hopes to find a refuge.

Our advice to remedy this is to plan your tourist circuit in advance, and to stop at the many areas equipped for motorhomes: these are often quiet, well located, and have all the possible comfort… (running water, shower…etc.). Don’t hesitate to use them!

Some loose advice

  • Travelling by motorhome is certainly more economical, but diesel is nevertheless more expensive than in France. Don’t forget to plan for this in your budget.
  • A motorhome is much more imposing than a classic car. Watch out for the roads you take!
  • Drinking water is free of charge and available in all service stations. Sometimes it is necessary to ask for a key. Same thing to check the tire pressure.
  • Gas cylinders in Ireland require an adapter to be mounted on a French connection. They can be found in major Irish petrol stations and allow you to warm up properly at night. Don’t hesitate for tight budgets to leave with full bottles from France or Belgium: this avoids buying a bottle in Ireland and having to return it to collect the deposit.
  • Ireland, unfortunately, has very few drainage areas for sewage… Do not hesitate to ask for advice from the tourist offices or town halls. Otherwise, there are public toilets, however closed on tourist sites outside the summer season …
  • An association has been created in Ireland to offer parking for motorhomes in B&B and hotel car parks, SNI: By taking out a subscription for 5 to 15€, you can be sure to sleep in a well-lit and secure car park… The only drawback: these car parks do not have the comfort of a real campsite, and you will not always be sure to have a water tap or a waste water disposal area. It has nothing to do with the French areas, it’s just a way to guarantee tranquility and parking for one night.