The Republic of Ireland is known for more than just its Saint Patrick's Day celebrations. The Emerald Isle is a place of rich history and natural wonder, and there’s no better way to take it all in than renting a campervan and exploring the island.
Along with a staggering coast and towering mountain peaks, Ireland has charming towns and villages with markets, cafes and restaurants offering some of the country’s finest produce. Our 7-day itinerary will take you through some of Ireland’s dazzling cities while balancing your trip with remarkable Irish scenery.
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Dublin is the capital of Ireland and is known for being a welcoming, friendly place to those who visit the city. Starting a road trip in the city's heart is the best way to get a feel for Irish people, culture, and history.
National Museum of Ireland
The National Museum of Ireland holds over two million artefacts found nationwide. With both permanent and changing exhibitions, there’s plenty to see and do on a visit to the museum.
The Book of Kells and The Old Library Exhibition
The Book of Kells and The Old Library Exhibition are in Trinity College Dublin, home to the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. Arguably one of Ireland’s greatest treasures, visitors can explore the site for a small admission fee.
The coastal town of Dungarvan is a gem on the southeast coast of Ireland. The harbour in Dungarvan is an idyllic place for a morning walk with a hot coffee from a local, independent cafe.
It’s impossible to miss Dungarvan Castle on a trip to the town, and with free admission, you can walk around the barracks and castle grounds without making a dent in your holiday budget.
Dungarvan Brewing Company
A visit to the Dungarvan Brewery Company is perfect for those who want a genuine, authentic taste of traditional Irish ales and stouts. You can learn about the history of the microbrewery and enjoy tastings of some of the drinks on offer by booking a tour.
Cork is Ireland's third-largest city and only an hour away from Dungarvan. Welcoming 1.7 million tourists in 2018, Cork is a popular place to visit, but with such an abundance of activities, it’s easy to see why.
Blarney Castle and Gardens
Less than 10 km from Cork’s city centre is the awe-striking Blarney Castle and Gardens with a stone that promises eloquence upon those who kiss it. With various ticket options available, you can choose the type that fits your budget and the parts of the grounds you wish to see.
St Fin Barre’s Cathedral
One of Cork’s most iconic buildings, St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, has breathtaking architecture and over 1000 sculptures to admire. A small admission fee goes towards the upkeep of the cathedral, and as it is located near various other impressive attractions in Cork, it’s the ideal place to stop off and have a wander.
The coastal town of Dingle is home to some of the most impressive coastal views in Ireland, thanks to the Dingle Peninsula. Driving a campervan around Dingle and the surrounding areas will reward you with incredible views of jagged cliffs and turquoise waters.
There’s no better spot for a dip in Ireland’s chilly waters than Coumeenoole Beach, and with parking available at the top of the bay, you can get warm and cosy after a swim in your campervan.
On the Dingle Peninsula lies the Gallarus Oratory which is thought to have been a 12th-century chapel, burial place or shelter. A visit to the historical site will allow you to admire the construction of the building, and the visitor centre will help you learn about its past.
The energetic city of Limerick is full of vibrant nightlife along with cultural wealth and heritage due to being one of the oldest cities in Ireland.
King John’s Castle
King John’s castle is located in the medieval quarter of Limerick and was the site of turbulent history dating back to the Viking era. The castle offers interactive exhibitions and activities to tell the tales of its past and can be enjoyed for a small admission fee. Tickets can be purchased ahead of your visit.
The Milk Market
To see some of Ireland’s best produce and purchase local delicacies, visiting The Milk Market is a must on a trip to Limerick. At times there are cooking classes and tastings happening at the market, so it’s worth seeing what’s going on during your campervan trip.
Just over an hour’s drive from Limerick is the famous city of Galway, often referred to as Ireland’s bohemian city, thanks to its many festivals throughout the year.
Constructed in the late 1950s, Galway Cathedral is a young cathedral, offering an impressive variety of art inside its walls, from statues and mosaics to majestic stained glass.
Connemara National Park and Visitor Centre
One of the six national parks in Ireland, the Connemara National Park and Visitor Centre is a place of natural wonder, best explored by hiking in the park and climbing some impressive peaks such as Benbeaun and Benbrack.
Driving east from Galway will take you back to Dublin, and spending a final day in nature on your campervan trip gives you one more opportunity to absorb all the natural splendour the country boasts.
With over 1500 acres, Phoenix Park offers everything from sporting activities to wildlife, and a stroll around the park will take you through it all. In addition, Phoenix Park holds a Green Flag Award and is open all year round, so there’s never a wrong time to explore.
National Botanic Gardens
The National Botanic Gardens is home to countless plant species from all over the globe, and with no admission fee, you can see the stunning diversity without spending a cent.