Go on a journey of discovery along Ireland's most captivating road trip, the Wild Atlantic Way.
If you have ever thought about visiting Ireland, but not sure what kind of holiday you want; well the Wild Atlantic Way coastal route may just be what you are looking for.
The Wild Atlantic Way covers 1,500 miles of this coastline. Stretching from Donegal in the North to the South West Coast of Cork this is the longest defined coastal touring route in the World. We don’t do anything by half measures here in Ireland! It showcases the sheer magnificence of Ireland’s west coast. It includes 157 discovery points where drivers can stop and learn about the must-sees and lesser known spots in the area. Dotted all along the route is a host of leading caravan & camping parks in great locations. You can immerse yourself in the breath experience of the Wild Atlantic Way from the comfort of your own caravan or motorhome. Camping Ireland sites are in the perfect location to experience this magical route. You can roam, you can ramble, and you can relax. All this is possible on the Wild Atlantic Way. With a route so long and varied you need to give it time. You can make it your own by stopping off where you chose.
How about taking a ‘walk on the wild side’? Explore the route even more by donning your walking shoes and prepare to lose yourself among the many pathways and spectacular seascapes.
Along the route you will find reason to sing, dance and play as only the Irish can. Ireland’s rich tradition of music and dance is just waiting to be explored. You could find yourself in the middle of an impromptu music session in a Camper’s Kitchen some evening.
The coastline is a playground of adventure. Bring your golf clubs and play a round of golf in the many link courses along the route. Discover just what it is about these coastal fairways that leave such a lasting impression on golfers.
Drop in to the Gaeltacht areas in Donegal, Galway and Kerry and listen to the locals conversing eloquently in their native Irish tongue. Don’t worry they all speak English as well!
Whatever it is you fancy, Ireland has it all. Now is the perfect time to explore and experience what everybody has been raving about. It’s no longer a secret! With so much to see and do and so many campsites to stay at, take caravan holidays in Ireland and enjoy great adventures in the Emerald Isle.
How to get to Ireland
Irish Ferries operates between Holyhead and Dublin, and Pembroke and Rosslare. Stena Line has sailings between Fishguard and Rosslare, Holyhead and Dun Laoghaire, and Holyhead and Dublin. P&O Ferries sail between Liverpool and Dublin.
Travel to north west Ireland may be easier via ferry sailings to Northern Ireland. Stena Line operates between Cairnryan and Belfast and Liverpool (Birkenhead) and Belfast. P&O Ferries sail to Larne from Cairnryan and Troon.
The M1 tunnel from Dublin Port to access the M50 ring road operates a toll (currently €3 off-peak – peak time 4pm-7pm Monday-Friday) but is worth every penny to otherwise sit in traffic through the centre of Dublin and negotiate the mine of streets out of the port.
There is also a barrier-free toll on a section of the M50 (Dublin ring road) between junctions 6 and 7 (junction 6 required for the M3 to north west Ireland, junction 7 needed for the M4 to Galway). The toll, currently €3, can either be prepaid online or otherwise must be paid by 8pm the following day of travel at a retail outlet displaying the Payzone brand, nationwide.
Other short toll sections of motorway, paid at source, include the M6, the M7/8 interchange and a short stretch of the M8 north east of Cork.
Ireland was once notorious for poor road surfaces and desperately slow journeys. The upgraded motorways, radiating out from Dublin, have vastly improved the island's network with generally quiet routes that make journey times across Ireland quick, smooth and efficient. Expect to find some rural country lanes to be in need of resurfacing, though.
For further information on traveling routes along the Wild Atlantic way visit ireland.com
Visit camping-ireland.ie to view a list of tourist board approved caravan and camping parks in Ireland