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Discovering Ireland from behind the wheel of a VW camper van has never been more appealing.
World famous for its beautiful scenery and wild Atlantic coastline, Ireland is just as famous for its warm and welcoming people.
A nation of jokers and eternal optimists, Ireland has the pace of life perfect for exploring in a VW camper van. With an undeniably relaxed attitude towards pretty much everything, adventuring this emerald green haven in a VW camper van is a 10/10 holiday choice.
With frequent and affordable ferry crossings from Scotland why not start your adventure in Northern Ireland making the Giants Causeway your first port of call. Submerse yourself in the legend of the giants while appreciating the exquisite columnar jointing of these massive and curious geological structures.
Drive through the beautiful Glens of Antrim or make your heart skip a beat by walking the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge on the stunning Antrim coast. Park up for a few days at the Rory Gallagher festival in Ballyshannon or cleanse your soul skinny dipping on Portstewart Strand in County Derry.
Drive out to Irelands most northerly point at Malin Head, County Donegal to catch the sea breeze fresh off the Atlantic Ocean and see the full regiment sea birds soar through these rough headlands with military precision. By camping in a VW camper van you get to be as close to nature as you want. Wake up to the call of a Puffin or the wing beats of an Icelandic Gull.
Irelands Wild Atlantic Way is a route perfect to explore in a VW camper van. Take a walk along the untouched, sandy beaches in Donegal or join the locals and throw a line down the side of the ferocious cliffs in Mayo to catch your dinner. The Wild Atlantic Way extends along the entire west coast from Malin Head in Donegal right down to the depths of Cork.
The west coast is arguably the prettiest part of the country. Battered by the Atlantic winds and waves this stretch of coast is a unique mix of rugged beauty with a lush, green cover. Take a drive out to Clew Bay in County Mayo to see the birth place and historical water kingdom of the infamous Pirate Queen Gráinne ni Mhaille. Camp up in the bays this bad ass seafarer once ruled and explore the waters she conquered. While you’re in the area, take a walk up Croagh Patrick for beautiful views and a lesson in Ireland’s Pagan heritage.
With a network of quaint, country roads into the sleepy green mountains, Sligo is a county you can disappear in. Test your stamina by climbing the rugged ridges of Ben Bulben or scamper up to the Eagles Nest to see this breath taking county at its best. Camp up for the night in sea side village, Mullaghmore where you can enjoy the best of Irish sea food, music and scenery with a day of dingy sailing to follow.
Galway City will have you singing and dancing all the way down Shop Street and under the Spanish Arch. Bursting with authentic Irish spirit this city gives you a glance into the rich culture of traditional music, dance and general debauchery.
Kayak through the network of streams and rivers in the magical cavernous region of The Burren in County Clare to see the unique flora and fauna of this karst landscape. Pass by the Cliffs of Moher on your way out to the Arann Islands for some native tongue and breath taking scenery.
Park your VW camper van up and cycle around the fairy tale kingdom of Kerry to see the breath taking views of the Dingle Peninsula, Banna Strand, The Blasket Islands and the knife edged ridges of the MacGillycuddy Reeks. Slea Head is a drive to take at a leisurely cruising speed for full appreciation of the awesome sites along these sea cliff edge roads.
Lose your way down in the rebel county of Cork where time slows down enough to gather your thoughts free from the constant distractions of normal life. Cork is best known for its excellent seafood, stunning rolling, green hills, treacherous headlands and incomprehensible accent. The Narnia of Ireland it’s easy to lose yourself to this gorgeous county.
The Copper Coast is Ireland’s south eastern county of Waterford. With a long history of mining, the sunny south east has many interesting spots to see along the way. With castles, abbeys and ancient ruins in abundance you can be sure of an interesting VW camper van adventure.
Don’t forget the roaring midlands for an unforgettable night out in down town Mullingar soaking up the local talent, music scene and brew. Visit one of the many boxing rings for a good old fashioned scrap or if you’re really lucky you might witness the production of a call out video. Take a dip in the pretty surroundings of Lough Owel or Lough Enell before retreating to the warmth of your VW Camper van.
Drive through the boggy abyss of counties Longford and Offaly to experience an almost alien like landscape of turf trenches and tractors. With dismal public transport links to the midlands, a VW camper van is the best way to experience this beautiful, forgotten landscape.
Buzzing with an incredible energy of diversity and opportunity, Dublin City should be your final stop before heading home. Drive along the quays of the River Liffey or pull over at Phoneix Park to stretch your legs. Visit the National History Museum or sip a cold pint of Guinness pulled straight from the brewery as you take in the city sights.
Steeped in history of revolution, civil war and religious divide Dublin City has always expressed the times through the Arts. From the buskers on Grafton Street to the world class orchestras in the Olympia Theatre, this medieval city knows how to entertain. With recent history painted on Government buildings in the form of 1916 bullet marks that gave the people of Ireland their Republic nearly 100 years ago this city has more than just fabulous looks to it.
Whatever route you decide to take in Ireland, make sure you do it in a VW camper van for the best possible trip.