Ireland is compact and easy to travel around, offering one of the world’s best road trips, the Causeway Coastal Route. Visit the Titanic Museum, considered one of Europe’s top tourist attractions, and if you’re a huge Game of Thrones fan, take a pilgrimage to the King’s Road or Haunted Forest. Does this sound like the perfect vacation to you?
But wait, there’s so much more to experience in Northern Ireland! Legendary hospitality, killer castles, farm fresh food, festivals, art and culture. Better start plotting out your route, rent a motorhome or buy from a reputable firm like the UK based Oaktree Motorhomes, and start your engines. The pure magic of Northern Ireland is excited to greet you!
If music is your thing, Belfast is the place to be. It’s where Led Zeppelin played Stairway to Heaven for the first time. Childhood home to Van “Van the Man” Morrison. Basically, it’s Northern Ireland’s answer to Nashville.
While in town, visit the Oh Yeah Music Centre’s Belfast Music Exhibition to learn more about your fav musicians. Take a rock and roll tour of the city by bus. Or simply discover some of the local talent at the many pubs and venues around the city. Music and Belfast, perfect together.
Of course, music isn’t the only thing attracting visitors to this great city. While in town, be sure to spend some time at the lauded Titanic Museum, which marks the launch site for the fated vessel. Afterwards, be sure to stop in at the Crown Liquor Saloon for a drink. This elegant pub has been around since the Victorian era, and offers a lovely way to end your sightseeing day.
Where to stay:
Dundonald Touring Caravan Park is a great place to set up camp nearby. Located just five miles from Belfast in the countryside of Castlereagh, it feels like worlds away from city life. A bus takes you right into the action of Belfast from a nearby stop, so you get the best of both worlds.
Does checking out the ruins of a castle that was once headquarters to the MacDonnell clan sound intriguing? In that case, head to Dunluce Castle. Perched precariously on the cliffs overlooking the sea, this site is so seriously stunning it is a favorite filming location for TV and movies.
Fun fact: In the 1600s, the castle’s kitchen literally fell into the waves below during a bad storm.
Underneath the ruined castle lies the Mermaid’s Cave. A naturally occurring sea tunnel, it was most likely used by the MacDonnell’s to defend their land. Invisible from above, the sea cave leads out to the sea and would have been an excellent secret escape route.
Also nearby is the World Heritage site known as the Giant’s Causeway. This natural wonder consists of more than 40,000 stone columns that are insanely beautiful (not to mention Instagrammable). You have volcanic activity that happened 60 million years ago to thank for your experience here.
Where to stay:
Enjoy all three amazing spots at your leisure at one of these recommended places: Bush Caravan Park, Ballyness Caravan Park, and Watertop Farm. Make reservations in advance so you don’t arrive only to find your top spot is sold out.
Nature, High and Low
Explore the wonders of nature at Cuilcagh Mountain. There are uplands, lakes and forests surrounding the area. Searching for coral fossils on the slopes is a popular activity, along with hiking, fishing, and biking.
Even more surprising than finding remnants from a time when the area was below the sea is what is still submerged here. The Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark is an incredible underworld of caves, waterfalls, and running rivers. Tours of this UNESCO site are a fascinating combination of walking and boating.
Where to stay:
A good place to set up camp is Rushin House Caravan Park. Located on a family farm, it offers spectacular views and a beautiful lakeside setting. Nature abounds in this unique and inviting place.
The Walls of Derry
The city of Londonderry, or Derry for short, is an absolute must see on your campervan trip of Northern Ireland. The second largest city in the country, it is fully enclosed by a massive wall. Built in the early 1600s, the aim was to fortify and defend the city against outside forces.
While in town, be sure to visit the gorgeous St. Columb’s Cathedral. The intricate, colorful interior, interesting architecture and rich history make this a must-see. A newer but no less striking site is the newly opened Peace Bridge, which connects the older walled city to newer developments in town. And of course, learning more about the history of where you are travelling is always a good idea. For this, stop in at the Museum of Free Derry, which offers a closer look at “the Troubles” in a simple, humble, spiritual manner.
Where to stay:
Camp sites here are relatively abundant. Some suggestions include the Castlerock Holiday Park and Millfield Holiday Village. Another great option is Hidden Valley RV and Golf park, which includes a nine hole golf course.
Northern Ireland truly has it all, from natural beauty to vibrant cities, rich history to modern day marvels. Small and always inviting, it is the perfect place for your next campervan vacation. So jump on the famed Coastal Causeway Route and start racking up the memories of a lifetime.