Northern Ireland may be the smallest part of the UK, but it’s full of history, culture, and natural beauty that is perfect to be explored on a campervan holiday. Driving through winding lanes framed with green rolling hills will transport you to a fairytale land.
The natural heritage of Northern Ireland makes it a haven for hikers, and with incredible walks and climbs available throughout the country, it’s the ideal place to immerse yourself in some of the UK’s most breathtaking scenery.
An itinerary full of activities and attractions to see and do as much as possible on your visit to Belfast. So pick and choose what takes your fancy, or do it all—the choice is yours!
Starting in the capital is the perfect way to kick off a campervan road trip around Northern Ireland. Belfast is home to a wealth of history and stunning natural beauty so you can balance out your trip with both museums and wild landscapes.
The SS Nomadic was built in the same place and at the same time as the RMS Titanic and was saved from being scrapped by the people of Belfast. The SS Nomadic has been refurbished to its former glory, and tickets can be booked online to walk around and explore the history onboard.
Cave Hill Country Park
With an array of hiking routes available for a range of abilities, Cave Hill Country Park is a great place to see incredible views of the city below and feel like you are on top of Belfast!
The seaside town of Ballycastle is only an hour away from Belfast and is in the Antrim Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The quaint town is bursting with colourful houses, stunning beaches, and blue waters.
Murlough Bay and Fair Head
Fair Head is the tallest cliff face in Northern Ireland and can be reached by hiking across some of the incredible scenery the country has to offer.
It’s free to wander around Bonamargy Friary, and although the friary is now in ruins, the site is still worth a visit and is a fascinating historical ruin from the 1500s. Don’t worry if the weather is gloomy on your visit to the Friary, as it will add to the eerie atmosphere.
Londonderry is the second-largest city in Northern Ireland. It is known for its historic Walled City, countless museums and impressive local cafes that provide an authentic taste of Northern Ireland.
Museum of Free Derry
Londonderry's turbulent history and tales of past events in Northern Ireland are shown in the Museum of Free Derry. For a small admission fee, visitors can walk through the museum and learn about government oppression, conflict, and the struggles the people of Northern Ireland have faced.
For nature lovers, a trip to Ness Woods is a must, offering towering trees and a cascading waterfall bringing ultimate tranquillity to your Northern Ireland campervan trip. With free parking and various areas ideal for a picnic, Ness Woods is the perfect way to spend an afternoon in the fresh Irish air.
Omagh lies on the picturesque river Strule and is full of things to do and places to see. With rugged countryside, arts centres and heritage sites, it can be hard to fit everything in on a single visit.
Om Dark Sky Park and Observatory
Arguably, the best place to see a magnificent star display in Northern Ireland is Om Dark Sky Park and Observatory. Light pollution is so low in this part of the country, creating fantastic visibility of the stars in the night sky.
Ulster American Folk Park
The Ulster American Folk Park is the place to learn about emigrants in the 18th and 19th centuries who set off on a journey to sail to the New World. It’s best to purchase tickets and book beforehand, as the park can get busy during the peak season.
The town of Enniskillen is a place known for its beautiful scenery, waterways, and impressive attractions for visitors to explore and learn about the heritage of the town.
Enniskillen Castle Museums: The Inniskillings Museum
The Enniskillen Castle Museum is well worth a visit, and purchasing a ticket to see inside the walls will unveil artefacts such as treasures, uniforms, medals, and weapons. The castle complex has several museums and historic sites for an educative and energetic day out. Entry tickets can be purchased to the castle, with full castle tours available.
Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail
Walking through one of the largest areas of blanket bog in Northern Ireland is possible thanks to the Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail. The walk offers magnificent views of the surrounding area, and a climb to the viewing platform on Cuilcagh Mountain rewards hikers with unbeatable sights of Northern Ireland’s nature at its best.
The city of Newry offers visitors vibrant nightlife and shopping facilities while having the perfect balance of natural sites to see. A visit to Newry can be dedicated to exploring the heart of the city or venturing to areas of natural beauty on the outskirts.
Slieve Gullion Forest Park
With woodland trails, an adventure park, a cafe and views over the Ring of Gullion, the Slieve Gullion Forest Park is a great place to park your campervan and head out into the wilderness for the day.
The sand and shingle beach, matched with crisp, blue waters, make Cranfield Beach a must on your visit to Northern Ireland. However, the beach can get crowded in the summer, so heading to the beach early in the morning is the best way to avoid crowds.
Rounding off your campervan holiday in Belfast is the best way to reflect on the places you’ve seen and the experiences you’ve had on your trip.
Guided tours are available to explore the depths of City Hall, Belfast’s civic building that dates back to the early 1900s. The hall sometimes has events such as concerts and markets, so it’s worth checking if anything is taking place before you visit.
St. George’s Market
St. George’s Market is the ideal place to find a hand-crafted, local gift to take home to remember your Northern Ireland adventure. Often there is live music from local artists to entertain while browsing the various stalls creating a lively atmosphere.