This year my better half and I decided to go touring around Southern Ireland for our first foreign trip in the motor home. I have heard there are plenty of opportunities and places to wild camp in Ireland, and that it is more acceptable than in England, but anyone who has taken a look at my blog before will be well aware of my views and opinions about wild camping. My better half and I have decided that wild camping is not for us so we will only be using official campsites and this will be the case regardless of the country we are camping in or their attitude towards wild camping. Consequently, we have decided to stay in campsites whilst touring around Ireland – which obviously meant having to find some suitable campsites.
We don’t have any books or directories of campsites in Ireland, and despite trying to get hold of some they seem to be pretty thin on the ground. A camping buddy of mine suggested using the UK Campsite, which also has details of non-UK campsites in various countries around the world. I used to use UK Campsite quite a bit however after a few issues with the admin of the site (for a number of reasons) I decided the website wasn’t for me and I vowed to never to use it again or have any other dealings with the site. The story of my experience/dealings with UK Campsite could make an interesting blog post……. Perhaps I’ll put that on the ‘to do list’ for the future.
With books a little difficult to come by the only option was to hit the internet and do a general Google search and see what came up. The website we ended up using was Camping-Ireland (www.camping-ireland.i.e) and it was a very useful resource. In fact, had it not been for this website it would have been almost impossible to plan our Irish adventure. With the route or at least the different areas and towns we wanted to visit sorted it was simply a case of finding campsites along the way.
When we plan our UK camping trips we are very specific about the sites we stay on. We always choose adult only sites, sites that are beside rivers, lakes or lochs, sites close to walks and cycle paths and sites that have good public transport links. For our Irish adventure we couldn’t be so specific and if a site was along the route we wanted to take it was put on the short list. As long as the site had electric hook up and toilets/showers that was the only requirement.
Whilst looking on the camping-ireland website the first thing I noticed was how few campsites there appear to be in Ireland, compared to the UK that is. I don’t know if the lack of choice was because camping-ireland only has “Approved” campsites or that there is just fewer campsites in Ireland, but I guess I will find out when I get over there and have a chance to tour the country.
When touring Ireland I wanted to stay inland as well as on the coast, however when looking through the camping-ireland site there was a huge area of land where there were no campsites listed, and I have no idea why. I did Google the area, and did a street view to see what the terrain was like and if there were any other reasons why there are no campsites in the area. Needless to say, I am none the wiser. The area is on the route we planned so hopefully I will get to see why we can’t stay in the area whilst driving through.
Fortunately, we found a few sites along our planned route without having to stray too far off course however none of them are adult only, I can’t find out if there are any cycle paths or walkways close by and it is impossible to tell what the public transport links are like (despite doing more research). When it comes to the campsites we haven’t got the opportunity to be picky or choosy, and it is a case of put up and shut up. Hmmmmmm………………… it’s going to be an experience.
All that’s left to do now is work out when we are likely to be at each one and book it accordingly.
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