When is the best time to travel to Ireland with a camper / caravan?
The mild climate is suitable every season to visit Ireland. In winter, the temperature is about 8 ° C, during the day average of 18 ° C during the day. We recommend traveling outside the peak season in the months of April or May. But also in September or October you can enjoy the late summer in Ireland. Here you can find more information about the Irish climate.
Should I book / reserve the parking space in advance?
In the high season (July / August) it is highly recommended to book the pitch in advance. Outside of this period it is usually possible to get a place on a camping site without prior booking.
Are the campsites and caravan parks open all year round?
There are sites that are open all year, but most of the sites take a winter break. The following is a lis of sites open all-year round. Please check prior to travelling to ensure they are available.
Armagh - Clare Glen
Antrim - Dundonald Touring Caravan Park
Cork - Jasmine Villa
Dublin - Camac Valley
Kerry - Wave Crest
Mayo - Cong
Meath - Loughcrew Megalithic Centre
Leitrim - Lough Rynn
Tipperary - Parson's Green
Wexford - Ferrybank
Are Pets allowed?
Citizens from EU Member States may bring their pet cat, dog, or ferret with them provided they are accompanied with an EU Pet Passport.
For further information on bringing your pet to Ireland visit: http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets/
Each campsite and each pitch has its own rules on pets (e.g., dogs allowed but only on leash etc.) These rules are clearly marked by symbols in the legend of each park.
Can I use my Camping-Key-Europe card in Ireland?
Camping Key Europe (CKE) is accepted by many camping sites and pitches in Ireland. Cardholders often receive discounts on overnight stays.
How do I get to Ireland with my own caravan / camper?
You can choose between two options to travel by ferry to Ireland:
- A direct ferry service from the north of France (Cherbourg or Roscoff). The crossing to Cork, Rosslare or Dublin takes about 18 hours.
- Another option is the bridge connection across the UK.
Are there rest areas along the motorways where caravans or motorhomes can be easily maintained?
There are plenty of resting places along the coastal roads, where you can stretch your legs, enjoy the view, and of course take beautiful pictures. It is not intended that you stay longer on these rest areas, so it is often difficult to get to the parking lot for vehicles, which are higher than about 2.5 meters. Please note, if your caravan or mobile home is so high, you should plan the trip in advance so that you can already choose many places where you can easily hold. It is always possible to stop on the way to take photos, but the final destination should be an authorized place to stay.
TV is broadcast on both UHF and VHF bands. It is also available on digital.To receive signal you need a dual band or multi-band receiver or a digital box.
Some visitors have difficulty replenishing their stock, so we suggest you bring an adequate supply for your visit. Camping Gas International is widely available.
Most parks offer between 6 and 10 amps. The blue Euro male/female connection is standard.
Parks often offer payphones or card phones. Since the introduction of mobile-phones however, many of the public phones have been removed. Country access codes are listed in the front of all telephone directories. Examples are:
Northern Ireland 08 + area code + number
UK 00 44 (drop zero from area code) + number
France 00 33 + area code + number
Germany 00 49 + area code + number
Italy 00 39 + area code + number
Checkout times on parks are 12 noon unless otherwise agreed with park proprietor.
For fire, Gardai, ambulance, lifeboats, coastal, mountain and cave rescue dial 999 or 112 and ask the operator for the emergency service you require.
Guidelines for Driving in Ireland
On main roads the yellow dotted line designates the hard shoulder. One should not drive on it, however, as a courtesy in Ireland many HGV's and slow-moving vehicles pull onto it to allow traffic to overtake. There are a number of national roads in Ireland that impose a toll (levy or charge on each vehicle using these roads).
Here are some pointers for careful and safe driving in Ireland.
It is compulsory for both front and rear seat-belts to be used in Ireland, both North and South. Children under age 12 must ride in rear seats.
2. Traffic Flow:
Traffic travels on the left-hand side of the road.
3. Speed Limits:
Speed limits are 50kph in built up areas and in cities. 100kph on Dual Carriageways and the open road. Motorways 120kph.
A valid driver's license in English
The ring-road around Dublin [M50] requires that you pay an amount every time you drive through the toll. This can be paid in any garage/shop where you see the 'EFlow' symbol, or you can pay online. Please note that this must be paid by 8pm the following day.
If you have hired a car/campervan, this vehicle may already be on a 'tag' system for the toll. Other major roads around the country also have tolls on them, but you can pay them at booths along the road.
6. Mobile Phones:
Do NOT, under any circumstances, drive while talking on mobile phones. Pull over and stop before using your phones.
Never ever drink and drive, there are severe drink driving penalties
General Tourism Information
The population of the Republic of Ireland (26 counties) is nearly 5 million. Dublin is the largest City with over one million inhabitants, Cork the second largest City and Limerick, Capital of the Shannon Region, is the third.
Everyone in Ireland speaks English. The country is bilingual, English and Irish (the Gaelic language). Signs are in both English and Irish.
Dress for the weather! Temperatures can vary dramatically from day to day. Very cold and wet with possibility of snow and ice in the winter- November to February. In summer it is warmer but can still be wet and windy. Be prepared!
The standard electrical supply is 230 volts AC (50 cycles); plugs are flat, with three pins. If required, small travel transformers should be purchased before departure to Ireland.
All shops are generally open from 09.00H to 17.30H Monday to Saturday. Many small local shops, and grocery shops in villages and small towns open daily until 22.00H. Shopping centres normally have one or two late night openings each week. Many of the larger Shopping Centres in the main cities stay open late during the weekdays and are open Saturdays and Sundays too.
Banking and Currency
The unit of currency is the EURO. Banks are normally open from Monday to Friday 10.00h to 16.00h. Many Banks stay open until 17.00h on Thursdays. Visitors are advised to change their bank notes at banks and Bureau de Change centres to get the best exchange rate. Most credit cards, including all cards carrying the Eurocheque symbol are accepted in hotels, restaurants, petrol stations, clothing and gift shops. ATM's located at most banks in big centres accept major credit cards.
Post offices are normally open from 09.00H to 17.30H Monday to Friday and 09.00H to 13.00H on Saturday. Almost every town and village has a main post office or a sub post office.
EU Citizens are entitled to free hospital treatment in a public ward and should obtain an E111 form prior to departure. This should be presented to the doctor or hospital, along with identification, if and when required. If you think you are entitle to cash benefits, you should apply within three days of becoming ill to:
Department Of Social Welfare,
EU records, Floor 1,
O'Connell Bridge House,
Visitors from other countries should check with their insurance agent or broker before traveling.
The following are the public holidays in the Republic of Ireland. Most companies and shops are closed on these days.
January 1st: New Year's Day
March 17th: St. Patrick's Day
Friday before Easter: Good Friday
Monday after Easter: Easter Monday
First Monday in May: May Day Holiday
First Monday in June: June Holiday
First Monday in August: August Holiday
Last Monday in October: October Holiday
December 25th: Christmas Day
December 26th: St. Stephen's Day
Since 2001 the Euro € is the unit of currency. Please check with your bank for rates of exchange. Euros if required can be purchased at foreign exchange departments at your local bank or at any bank in Ireland (including those located at any bank in Ireland (including those located at airports which are open for all flight arrivals). ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) are located at most banks and most accept major credit cards, particularly Visa and MasterCard, as well as Plus and Cirrus debit cards.