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Ireland’s Ancient East Itinerary


Throughout this Ireland’s Ancient East itinerary, you will discover stories of Ireland’s rich culture, trace five thousand years of Irish history and heritage and experience unqiue adventures the whole family will love.

Follow Ireland’s rugged roads as you investigate its monastery past and unearth breathtaking prehistoric sites. Drive through hidden gems, stroll through beautiful gardens, unwind at tranquil campsites, and meet the local people who make Ireland so special. Are you ready to experience the unmatched historic legacy of Ireland?







Start/end - nearest depot


Map Route

  • 1


    Bunk Campers Dublin Depot- Cavan

    Distance: 72 miles

    Duration: Approx. 1 hr 26 min

  • 3


    Cavan – Westmeath

    Distance: 38 miles

    Duration: Approx. 1 hr

  • 4


    Westmeath – Offaly

    Distance: 28 miles

    Duration: Approx. 46 min

  • 5


    Offaly – Tipperary

    Distance: 68 miles

    Duration: Approx. 1 hr 41 min

  • 6


    Tipperary- Kilkenny

    Distance: 52.5 miles

    Duration: Approx. 1 hr 10 min

  • 7


    Kilkenny – Wicklow

    Distance: 65 miles

    Duration: Approx. 1 hr 35 min

  • 8


    Wicklow- Bunk Campers Dublin

    Distance: 50.2 miles

    Duration: Approx. 59 min

Day 1 - 2. Dublin - Cavan

After collecting your chosen motorhome from the Bunk Campers Dublin depot, your Ireland Ancient East adventure begins. Make your way towards county Cavan, often referred to as ‘The Lakeland County.’ Overflowing with jaw-dropping panoramic views, remote towns and mystical forests. Cavan deserves all the time you can give it.

We have allocated 2 days to explore Cavan, but you might want to spend longer exploring the beautiful county.

On your way towards Cavan, discover the impressive collection of nature parks and prehistoric sites that make the town so special. Starting first with the famous Hill of Tara, an ancient stone-built complex that’s believed to have been the seat of the High Kings of Ireland in Celtic times.

Located nearby, you will find The Boyne Valley which plays host to an intriguing array of ancient ruins ranging from an abundance of cairns and standing stones to forts and castles.

If you want to witness some of Ireland’s native wildlife, you might want to visit Killykeen Forest Park in County Cavan. This is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic, and embrace Ireland’s stunning natural beauty.

To learn more about Ireland’s history, you might want to visit the Parick Kavannagh Centre, a haven for literature lovers.

Take a short drive to the beautiful Cavan Burren Geopark. Here, you can walk through a maze of Megalithic tombs, ancient stone walls and underground caves. A truly unique experience and arguably the best introduction to your Ancient Ireland road trip.

You might want to stay at Lough Ramor Caravan and Camping Park listed below.

  • Bunk Campers Motorhome Parked at a Campsite
    Lough Ramor Caravan and Camping Park in Virginia Cavan.

    The campsite is located on the southwestern shore of Lough Ramor.

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  • That's good to know...

    The campsite is located on the southwestern shore of Lough Ramor, which is one of Ireland’s most popular and beautiful lakes. You might want to spend a leisurely day on the water, see the lake’s islands, go fishing, or rent a boat in Lough Ramor.

  • You can also visit...

    The town of Monaghan is located nearby. You might want to take some time to explore the historic town and its highlights including St Peter’s Tin Church Laragh, Rossmore Forest Park and Muckno Lake.

Stone Walls & Forest Parks

Activites & Things To Do

Day 3. Westmeath

On day 3, make your way towards Westmeath.

A must-see destination is Athlone Castle. As one of the most important Irish fortresses and strongholds, the castle has been involved in historical disturbances and conflicts over the last 900 years. Why not add a historical backdrop to your picnic and enjoy the castle courtyard. Athlone Castle dates back to 1200s and is filled with stories of many battles that were once fought at the very grounds. Enjoy interactive games that guide you through the castle’s halls and history providing a unique experience and insight into the castle’s life.

Afterwards, head to Sean’s Bar & Restaurant one of Ireland’s oldest pubs dating back to 900 AD. This bar holds the Guinness Book of Records title of the ‘Oldest Pub in the British Isles.’ If that isn’t reason enough to visit then you might be tempted by the live music and uplifting atmosphere that this restaurant is known for.

Venture off the beaten track and explore Kilbeggan Distillery Experience. Here you can learn how Irish Whiskey is made and maybe even taste a sample.

If you enjoy archaeology you might be interested in heading out to see Corlea Trackway. This prehistoric bogland route was initially unearthed in the middle of the 1980s and was constructed around the first millennium BC. The Corlea Trackway visitor center is a great place to visit on a rainy day.

Spend the night at Lough Ennell Caravan and Camping Park and enjoy a cozy night relaxing in your home on wheels.

In the evening, why not cook dinner in your motorhome then spend the evening relaxing in your lounge and enjoy some board games and card games.


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    Lough Ennell Caravan and Camping Park

    Lough Ennell Caravan and Camping Park is located in the heart of Westmeath. Enjoy the tranquillity that comes with staying at this sheltered campsite. With great facilities, you will find everything you need at this campsite including an on-site restaurant.

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  • That's good to know...

    Westmeath is filled with lakes and streams making it a beautiful place to explore. With Lough Ennell and Lough Owel, you will always find a fun outdoor activity and stunning scenery to enjoy.

  • You can also visit...

    Wander through the glorious grounds of Tullynally Castle and journey back in time with the Gothic revival.

Epic Castles & Distilleries

Activites & Things To Do

Day 4. Offaly

On day 4, drive towards Offaly.

Visit the spectacular monastery Clonmacnoise on the banks of the beautiful river Shannon. The ruins of the Clonmacnoise include a Cathedral, two round Towers, three high crosses and nine Churches.

Spend the afternoon at one of the most beautiful castles along Ireland’s Ancient East, Birr Castle. This medieval fortress is a slight detour on your driving holiday, but one that is entirely worthwhile.

Head towards the Slieve Bloom mountains and enjoy a beautiful mountain range.

Spend the night at a campsite of your choice. You might want to stay at Streamstown Caravan & Camping Park mentioned below.

  • Bunk Campers Motorhome Parked at a Campsite
    Streamstown Caravan & Camping Park

    Streamstown Caravan & Camping Park is set on a dairy farm surrounded by a beautiful landscape. Located nearby is the beautiful Slieve Bloom Mountains, making it a beautiful location for your overnight stay.

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  • That's good to know...

    Offaly is often known for its extensive bog and peatlands.

  • You can also visit...

    Take time to explore the peaceful hidden heartlands of Offaly. If you have more time and wish to explore more of Offaly and Slieve Bloom Mountain on foot, why not join the Offaly Way Walk which takes between 1-2 days to complete.

Castles and beautiful mountains.

Activites & Things To Do

Day 5. Tipperary

Drive towards Tipperary and explore the famous Rock of Cashel. An imposing cluster of medieval buildings with a round tower, chapel, cathedral, and castle, perched on a narrow limestone.

Take a short drive just outside the small Tipperary town of Cahir, and explore the early 19th century Swiss Cottage. The cottage provides a peaceful setting that will leave you feeling calm and at ease. The perfect cottage for afternoon picnics.

Stay at a campsite of your choice. You might want to stay at Glen of Aherlow Caravan and Camping Park.

Enjoy this beautiful campsite and soak up all the Irish ancestry and mystery that lies in the surrounding campsite area.

  • Bunk Campers Motorhome Parked at a Campsite
    Glen of Aherlow Caravan and Camping Park

    Glen of Aherlow Caravan and Camping Park is filled with gorgeous scenery and all the amenities you need to enjoy your stay. The campsite is located in the heart of one of the most picturesque valleys in  Ireland, the dramatic and beautiful Galtee Mountains.

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  • That's good to know...

    Tipperary is home to Coolmore Stud, the largest breeding operation of thoroughbred racehorses in the world.



  • You can also visit...

    Take a short drive to Limerick, and visit Lough Gur, an archaeological site centred around an extraordinary horseshoe-shaped lake. Lough Gur is home to Ireland’s largest standing stone circle and its presence is simply overwhelming.

Towards Tipperary

Activites & Things To Do

Day 6. Kilkenny

Start the drive towards Kilkenny.

When you arrive at the beautiful city of Kilkenny, it won’t take you long to fall in love with the city’s atmosphere and stunning sights.

Explore the medieval alleyways and cobbled streets of the Medieval Mile in Kilkenny city centre.

A short drive out of Kilkenny you will find Dunbrody Famine Ship, which is a replica of one of the “coffin” ships that transported Irish emigrants to North America. Take time to embrace the history in this beautiful area of Ireland.

Spend the afternoon unwinding at Nore Valley Park. The Park is filled with so much to do including its very own pet farm. Stay at the campsite for a quiet and peaceful nights rest.


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    Nore Valley Park

    Nore Valley Park campsite is an award-winning family run campsite. Located in a peaceful area, this is the perfect location for both fun and relaxation. Located close to the campsite, you will can enjoy swimming, fishing, canoeing, golf, craft shops and more.

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  • That's good to know...

    Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile begins at Kilkenny castle and travels right through the city ending at St Canice’s Cathedral & Round Tower. Along the route, you will find a ton of historical and cultural attractions.

  • Also in that area...

    You might want to journey up Brandon Hill and enjoy a panoramic view of Kilkenny.

The Wonderful Kilkenny

Activites & Things To Do

Day 7. Wicklow

On the way back to the Dublin depot, stop off at Ballygillaroe, Wicklow, and explore the beautiful surroundings.

Get your hiking boots ready and prepare for a brilliant adventure to Glendalough, one of Ireland’s most stunning glens. Your heart will skip a beat as you witness the panoramic views of the Wicklow countryside from this remarkable u-shaped valley. You might want to explore the monastic settlement’s ruins, which are positioned at the bottom of the glen.

Spend the late afternoon enjoying a stroll through Powerscourt House, a Palladian stately home surrounded by 19 hectares of sweeping landscapes studded with horticultural gems.

Staying at River Valley Caravan & Camping Holiday Park, you can enjoy activities including crazy golf, a petting zoo and pool tables. The campsite also has a separate adult-only area.

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    River Valley Caravan & Camping Holiday Park

    River Valley Caravan & Camping Holiday Park is located close to the beach in the open Irish countryside. Facilities include a heated indoor pool, games room, Wi-Fi and more.

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  • That's good to know...

    Due to its beautiful landscapes, Wicklow has become ‘the garden of Ireland’.

  • Also in that area..

    You might want to visit Mount Usher Gardens located at Ashford. The gardens date back to 1868 and have more than 5000 plant species.

The stunning Glendalough & Wicklow countryside

Activites & Things To Do

Day 8. Wicklow- Dublin

It’s the final day of your Ancient East itinerary and time to head back to the Bunk Campers Dubin depot.

If you’re not ready for your Ancient East itinerary to end you might want to spend an extra 2-4 days exploring Ireland’s counties of Wicklow, Wexford and Waterford. This is Ireland’s hub of outdoor activities and filled with fun and adventure.

  • Before Your Return Your Motorhome

    Make sure you take all your personal belongings with you at the end of your holiday. Please ensure that you return your Bunk Camper with the same level of fuel as when you collected it.

The Drive Back To The Depot

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Know before you go...

Pet Friendly Holiday

Bring your furry friend along for the holiday. You can take up to two pets on your Bunk Campers motorhome, and trust us, they will love it!


Vehicle pick up

What's included with my rental?

For your comfort and convenience, your rental comes with a kitchen kit, unlimited mileage & more.


Responsible Motorhoming

Your holiday is all about freedom and fun but, it’s also important to recongise the importance of responsible motorhoming.


Holiday Checklist

Holiday Checklist

To help you get on the road, we’ve created the ultimate holiday checklist. We supply the basics and offer optional extras, but there’s a few times you should remember to pack.