9 day Ireland Campervan trip
To be sure' this is the best 9 day campervan road trip itinerary you will find. Check out 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'.
Pick up your Spaceship Campervan all happy and hit the M4 towards the south East corner of Wales to a little coastal port called Pembroke. You can catch the ferries really cheap through irishferries.com to Ireland port of Rosslare. The Irish sea crossing takes about 4 hours but if you are prone to sea sickness take some tablets with you before you travel, it can get a bit rough! Once you arrive at Rosslare it will be time to find a place to stay or alternatively head up to New Ross (approx 1 hour drive from Rosslare) – ex US President Kennedy’s family originated from New Ross.
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 Tranmore and then onto the E30 towards Cobh and Cork. Once you arrive after the driving and stopping it will be time to find a cool campsite to stay, Cobh is a beautiful little place to park your Spaceship.
As you awake in Cobh, it is time to learn about the History. There is a brilliant heritage centre which you can re trace 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 1800’s. 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.
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.
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!
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
Time to drive over to Dublin and the nations capital. You can easily spend the day here exploring it’s rich history, vibrant nightlife, museums, Trinity College and the Guinness brewery. Temple Bar is the place for a night out.
Say goodbye to Ireland and catch the Ferry from Dublin – Holyhead, North Wales and make the trek back to our London Spaceport located just off the M4.
P.S. If you have an extra day or two then we suggest you head to Clifden. It is a great place to experience some great Irish locals and countryside.