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Driving routes around Ireland
Have a look at our driving routes for your campervan or motorhome hire Ireland holiday!
Causeway coastal route
Belfast – Ballycastle – Giant’s Causeway – Londonderry/Derry
Begin your campervan hire Ireland journey in Belfast, dominated by the Harland and Wolfe cranes which stand at the birthplace of the Titanic. Head North and join the Causeway coastal route in Newtownabbey passing the 12th Century Norman castle in Carrickfergus. The castle which sits by the harbour saw plenty of action over the past 800 years, being used for battle right up until WW2.
Continue along the coast beside the lush Glens of Antrim to Glenariff. Park up at Glenariff Forest Park and take a walk around the forest to the Ess-na-Crub waterfall. Don’t forget to stop for pub grub in Cushendun and Cushendall before reaching seaside town of Ballycastle.
Your campervan winds along further along the most scenic part of the coast. Steep cliffs, broad beaches of White Park Bay and charming harbour towns lead to Carrick-a-rede ropebridge. The bridge which hangs gracefully 75 feet above the crashing blue green waves to connect tiny Carrick-a-rede island to the mainland. Park up and take a daring journey across the bridge for stunning views of the Northern Irish cliffs from the sea.
Just 10 minutes North of Carrick-a-rede hides the magnificent Giant’s Causeway. The UNESCO world heritage site said to be created by giant Finn McCool is home to 40,000 curious basalt columns formed perfectly into hexagonal steps.
From the cliffs head inland towards Bushmills to visit the famous whiskey distillery. The oldest working distillery in Ireland. Drive back towards the coast to pass the ruins of Dunluce castle, precariously perched along the cliff edge before visiting the seaside towns of Portrush and Portstewart. Stroll down the promenade, surf on the strand or sink 18 holes at the championship golf course.
The final stretch of the journey takes your campervan west past Mussendun temple. Visit the Downhill Strand and Magilagan beaches for fine sand and isolation. See Londonderry/Derry on the horizon, 2013’s city of culture. Walk the 17th century walls and take part in many of the city’s celebrations.
Ring of Kerry
Killarney – Kilorglin – Dingle Bay – Derrynane – Killarney National Park – Muckross House – Ross Castle – Killarney
The bustling little town of Killarney, begins your Campervan Hire Ireland road trip. Neo-golific Pugin dominates the towns skyline. Stop at the cedar tree just outside the entrance – a sober reminder of Ireland’s past, it marks a mass grave for Ireland’s famine victims.
Heading North West in your camper you will find Kilorglin. Passing through Fossa, you reach Ireland’s highest peak Carrauntoohil, standing tall at 1039 metres above sea level.
South West towards Caghersiveen is a stretched of road shrouded in bogs and wetland. Stopping at Fox’s Bog village, step back in time and visit the assortment of thatched cottages and discover how the rural community once lived off the land.
The massive beaches of Inch and Rossbeigh lie ahead at Dingle bay where the waves batter off the cliffs. Dingle bay is a perfect place to stop to cook lunch in your camper and check out ‘one of the most beautiful places on earth’ as quoted by National Geographic.
South West from Dingle day lays Skellig Michael. This rock island is an absolute must-see detour from Valentia. Back on the mainland, head towards Derrynane. If you’ve packed your clubs in your camper, now is the perfect time to sink 18 holes at one of Waterville’s 2 golf courses. After walking the paths, visiting Derrynane house, look west towards the Atlantic for heaven like vistas as the sunsets over the Atlantic.
On the road back towards Killarney you’ll find Killarney National Park. A paradise for outdoor lovers, here you will find 10,000 hectares of mountains, moorlands, mountains, lakes and waterfalls. Visit Muckross House and it’s gardens, the fully restored Ross Castle or take your bike and cycle around the park’s trails to Muckross Estate. Stop at 18m high Torc Waterfalls before making the journey back to Killarney.