To really see the best of Ireland, you have to travel around the country on your own. While there are plenty of “big red bus tours” on offer in Ireland like other major cities in Europe, it’s best to get a real sense of what the entire countryside is like by planning your own exploration of it. And, with so many sprawling green hills and pastures, it makes the most sense to drive with your fellow travellers or family around Ireland in an RV.
By exploring the Emerald Isle in an RV, you can stop and start along any of the major roadways and beautiful coastal towns for as long as you’d like. Fortunately, most of the roads are wide enough to accommodate your vehicle, but you should do a little research to make sure that your entire itinerary is RV-friendly. Once you’ve secured an RV from an Irish rental company, you can begin to add these must-sees to your long way ‘round trip in Ireland.
Where to Start? The West Coast is Calling
After you’ve stocked your RV up full of food, clothes and other amenities you’ll need, you should start out in the west of Ireland. The west coast is infamous for the Cliffs of Moher, which is a regular tourist attraction and used to RVs and buses passing through. On the way to the Cliffs of Moher from Dublin, make sure you visit a castle or two (like Dunguaire Castle) and spend some time in the gorgeous Burrow, which is a spectacular open landscape with many rocks and impressive views.
Also on the west coast is County Kerry, which is home to some of the most stunning coastal views of the country. Driving along the Ring of Kerry is one of the most well-known coastal drives in the world—much like the Road to Hana in Hawaii or the Amalfi Coast in southern Italy. No matter which side of the RV you look out of, you’ll enjoy a range of scenic sites, like sprawling views of the ocean, green pastures with furry sheep or lush hills and valleys.
Heading Up to the Northernmost Tip of the Republic
While the Cliffs of Moher and Ring of Kerry are two of the most typical areas of Ireland to see, one of the parts that is oftentimes missed or not explored by visitors is the northernmost tip of the Republic. Since not many tours go to the northernmost tip, which includes small towns like Donegal, Buncrana, Letterkenny and Dunfanaghy, many visitors to Ireland don’t get to see this stunning area of the country—unless you have an RV!
Like the Ring of Kerry, another famous long-haul trip to make in your RV is along the Wild Atlantic Way, which takes you all along this northern area. Get ready to see some of the most beautiful scenes of your life! Much less populated than other parts of the country, Donegal and the surrounding towns will give you a feel of authentic Ireland, and there’s plenty of places to stop and park your RV to take it all in.
Travelling by RV through Ireland will be a trip that your family or friends will never forget—just make sure to include an itinerary that includes some of the famous coastal drives like the Ring of Kerry or the Wild Atlantic Way.