How to road trip like a pro in Ireland: 9-day itinerary

Posted on 25/02/2019 by Spaceships Crew


To be sure, this is the best 9-day campervan road trip itinerary you will find. Check out Ireland aka the Emerald Isle and all the highlights from Cork, Waterford, Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry and kissing the Blarney Stone for the 'gift of the gab'. Our 9-day Ireland itinerary has it all.

Day 1: Emerald Isle here we come

Hop on one of the many cheap flights to Dublin and your Ireland road trip adventure is about to start. The Spaceships Dublin depot is located in Navan which is a 1-hour bus ride from central Dublin or Dublin Airport.

About 15km from the Spaceships depot you'll find Rock Farm Slane, a glamping campsite close to Slane Castle. A perfect spot to spend the first night of your 9-day Ireland campervan trip.

Day 2: from Waterford to Cork

Drive towards Waterford, Home of the Waterford Crystal and all those sporting trophies you see are with the help from the people of Waterford. If you are on a budget then it may be best to look only!

After Waterford, take the coastal road R675 through some beautiful coastal towns and surfing spots namely Tramore and then onto the E30 towards Cobh and Cork. Once you arrive after driving and stopping it will be time to find a cool campsite to stay. Cobh is a beautiful little place to park your Spaceship.

Blarney Castle Ireland Robert Linsdell CC BY 2.0

Blarney Castle in Blarney, Co. Cork, Ireland | photo: Robert Linsdell (Flickr CC BY 2.0)

Day 3: potatoes & The Titanic

As you awake in Cobh, it is time to learn about History. There is a brilliant heritage centre which you can retrace the steps of the millions of Irish immigrants who left right from Cobh in search of a more prosperous life in the US and Australia during the devastating Potato famine of the 1800s.

You can feel how hard it was back then and how good you have in your cosy Spaceship. It was also the final port of call for the Titanic! After learning a bit about Irish history It’s time now for Cork and Ireland’s second largest town, a good spot for a Guinness and a pub in the hundreds of places on offer.

You will also find the Blarney castle not too far away – give it a kiss and forever have the gift of the gab! You have the option now is to either stay in Cork or if you want to get out of the city head to the seaside town of Kinsale.

 

Day 4: Ring of Kerry

Drive the coast from Kinsale towards Kenmare and the beginning of the great road trip, the Ring of Kerry! It’s 180 Kilometre of rugged and beautiful coastline, winding roads that rates with one of the world’s great drives. The Ring of Kerry has some quaint little towns and scenery to stop and take some great photos all the way until Killarney which is a good spot to stay for the evening.

Ring of Kerry Ireland - Dirk Ehlen (public domain)

Amazing views on your Ireland road trip: Ring of Kerry (by Dirk Ehlen | public domain)

Day 5: breathtaking scenery

After rising in Killarney head up towards the Dingle Peninsula for some more great driving experiences on coastal roads and breathtaking scenery. After completing a horse shoe around the peninsula take the roads leading to Tralee and then the N69 towards the ferry crossing at Trabert. At Trabert take the ferry crossing to Killamir and continue onto Kilkee, a popular seaside town in summer for the locals!

Day 6: Cliffs of Moher

After a night in Kilkee, it is time to see the unbelievable Cliffs of Moher on the rugged West coast of Ireland. One of Ireland’s top tourist attractions and most visited. The Cliffs of Moher look to have been taken to by a doctors scalpel, the sheer drop is not for the faint-hearted and you’d swear you were standing on the edge of the world. Catch your breath and head to Galway for this party town. A young university town and if you are looking to celebrate and let the Guinness flow then this little town will be for you!

Day 7, 8 & 9: the Dublin area

Time to drive over to Dublin and the nation's capital. As the driving part of your road trip is more or less done now, it's time to enjoy everything Dublin has to offer. From visiting a whiskey distillery like Teeling (and tasting that liquid gold of course) to enjoying the city's vibrant nightlife. Temple Bar is the place for a night out.

You can easily spend several days here, exploring its rich history, museums, Trinity College and the Guinness brewery. And there are still many day trips in the Dublin area to do.

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