Conjure up an idea of motorhome hire in Ireland and you'll think of weather moulded brooding landscapes, emerald fields and a soulful and melodic nation. Delve a bit deeper and you'll find this image to sit alongside an Ireland of modern riverside cities steeped in culture, and the ever present history of an island of 3 million. The great wild outdoors is something the Irish like to do and like to do well, which makes this a great destination for motorhome hire.
If you're arriving in Ireland from the UK or Europe, then flying could well be the best option. Cheap flights arrive daily from London, Manchester and Liverpool, as well as from France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Alternatively, you can make the journey by car by hopping on a ferry from the UK mainland. With several services leaving daily to different Irish destinations, this is a convenient and surprisingly affordable option. On arrival you can collect your motorhome directly from the supplier and be quickly on your way. Many suppliers allow you to leave your car on their premises for the duration of your holiday, as well as offering an airport pick-up service.
With an extensive range of motorhomes and campervans on offer from our Irish partners, you'll be sure to find the best vehicle to suit your needs and price range. From coachbuilt and semi-integrated models for whole families on a summer holiday, to smaller VW campervans for couples and small groups who want to zip from hot city to the cool countryside on a budget.
So what is there to see and do in Ireland? Ireland's capital, Dublin, makes a good starting point. The city has a rich history and is layered in medieval castles, Georgian town houses and turreted cathedrals. A trip to Dublin wouldn't be complete without a foray into one of the 1000+ pubs available and a pint of the black stuff, otherwise known as Guinness.
The County of Cork is the largest in Ireland and the most diverse in terms of landscapes. Here you'll find a mixture of mountainous and flat panoramas, cliffs and beaches. It's also particularly well known for it's peninsulas. With many campsites here accepting motorhomes and offering on-site amenities such as shower and laundry facilities, this is a great location to relax in for a few days.
After a rest, set off into County Kerry next door by driving up the Ring of Kerry, an essential part of any motorhome hire tour in Ireland. This popular 179 mile route takes in the unspoilt passes and valleys of the stunning MacGillycuddy Reeks, and is a popular route for coach tours. The narrow roads being somewhat difficult to pass for very large vehicles has resulted in all bus tours being conducted in an anti-clockwise direction. Avoid delays and follow local car owners by touring the Ring clockwise.
Crossing the border into Northern Ireland is simple no border controls. Passports are generally not needed, although non-UK citizens should carry some kind of photo ID. The capital, Belfast, has moved on greatly from the years of “The Troubles”, and has gone through one of Europe's biggest urban regeneration projects to become a city of massive shopping centres, art and waterfronts, Victorian architecture and a booming night life. We recommend a couple of nights here before heading off north, motorhome in tow to the world famous Giant's Causeway. This remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site is made up of about 40,000 vertical basalt columns with an age estimated at around 60 million years. It is considered by some to be the 8th wonder of the world.
Explore Ireland by motorhome and you'll have the freedom to take in all the best that this very manageable country has to offer. To find out more about motorhome hire in Ireland, start browsing our range of great caravan and campervan hire deals online.