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Explore the Emerald Isle with camper van hire Ireland
Pick up a campervan rental in Ireland and discover an unforgettable country famous for rolling green hills, charming accents, and endless pints of Guinness. A place of fascinating history, castles, and lush verdant scenery, Ireland is a true pleasure to explore by motorhome. Rainy days can’t dampen the warmth of the people or the social pub culture, and it becomes easy to see why a small nation has such an oversized influence in the world. Get amongst the action with a campervan rental Ireland and GoSee for yourself what makes this place so special.
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What you need to know about motorhome hire Ireland
The main Ireland motorhome hire pick-up point is Dublin, with regular flights arriving from international destinations. The other main pick up point is Limerick, with Shannon and Cork the closest airports. Depending on your rental provider and pick up location, you may not be able to park a vehicle at the rental depot so you will need to find transport to the pick up location. Organise your pick up plan with your Ireland campervan hire provider well in advance and keep in contact if you run into any travel delays.
Campervan hire Ireland planning tips
- In Ireland, speeds and distances are posted in kilometres. This is different from the United Kingdom, so if you intend to travel to Belfast in your campervan hire, be careful when crossing the border to Northern Island in your campervan rental.
- Once off the main highways, you will likely find that the roads are quite narrow. Some are only one lane, so be co-operative when you meet other vehicles. On steep hills, yield to the driver travelling upwards.
- Excited about your next motorhome holiday? Make sure you buy any essentials before leaving the main cities. Chances are you may not be able to pick up certain supplies locally in the smaller towns and villages of Ireland.
- When travelling in remote areas, fill your gas tank when you have the chance, as gas stations can be few and far between—and they are not likely to be open 24/7.
- The multi-lane highways will get you places fast but lack the charm and scenery of the smaller roads. Plan to make slow but entertaining progress on the country roads.
- Make sure to use a GPS when driving campervans in Dublin and other major cities. Traffic can be heavy and many areas will not be conducive to driving a large motorhome.
- The weather in Ireland of often wet, cold, and changeable. Pack layers of clothing and prepare for rain.
Rent a campervan in Ireland and get exploring
The most charming parts of this fabulous nation are easily accessed with a campervan hire. They are found at the end of country lanes, off the main highways and in the small towns where you can share a pint with the locals in the pub.
Try a pint of Guinness
Easily found at any pub, you can sample the world-famous beer nearly everywhere you go. Or you can have a camper hire Ireland and tour the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin and learn everything you ever wanted to know about this Irish Stout—have a taste in the Gravity Bar while enjoying a stunning view of the city.
Irish folk music
You must find a musical pub and catch a live rendition of the Irish folksy classics. The energy of these venues is unbelievably fun. I bet you can’t leave without a smile on your face.
There are thousands of castles in Ireland, so you can’t go too far without seeing one of these fabulous ancient buildings. Some of the best ones include Dublin Castle, Trim Castle, Dunluce Castle, Bunratty Castle, and Enniskillen Castle.
It’s not called the Emerald Isle for nothing. The spectacular pastoral views offer a quiet, romantic setting well worth pulling yourself away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
It’s worth seeking out the heritage venues of this fascinating country. Highlights include Newgrange, Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, Rock of Cashel, and Blarney Castle.
Popular destinations to visit in your Ireland campervan hire
For a small country, there is an expansive list of places to visit spread across the whole of the country. It would be tough to tick everything off your list in one visit, but here are some of the highlights to hit in your Ireland campervan.
Westmeath is less than an hour west of Dublin and boasts many beautiful lakes and stunning landscapes. Galway, further on, is an energetic student city, chock full of traditional pubs, stone-clad cafes, and beautiful art galleries. Alternatively, you may also head to the Wild Atlantic Way as part of your campervan holiday itinerary. It stretches along the Atlantic coast and will give you an unforgettable adventure with its scenic route of cliffs, beaches and towns on Ireland's west coast.
A short drive from Dublin lies Wicklow, ‘the garden of Ireland’. Some of the most spectacular scenery in the country can be found here. Take a day to drive through the glacial valley of Glendalough where there are views of the lake below and panoramas of typical Irish countryside. Kilkenny, Ireland’s medieval capital is just a two-hour drive from Dublin International Airport.
Between Dublin and Cork is a beautiful scenic drive around the coast. Stop at Hook Lighthouse and also at Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city. There are plenty of camping options along the way. Opposite to Cork, you will find Limerick on the scenic coastal N69 route. Here you can marvel at some of the most beautiful medieval buildings in Ireland.
No matter your itinerary, it’s worth stopping off in the smaller towns to get a real feel for Irish charm. Enjoy the warmth of the people and share a laugh over an Irish Stew and a jolly pint.
It’s not a long drive in your camper rental Ireland to explore the delights of the North. The fantastic cities of Belfast and Londonderry await, as do major attractions such as the Giants Causeway, Titanic Belfast, and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.
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How much is the cost of campervan hire in Ireland?
Private campervan hire Ireland prices vary depending on a variety of factors, including vehicle type, length of rental, and availability. To see current rates and compare offerings across multiple campervan hire brands in Ireland, type your dates into the search function on this page. If you are looking for cheap campervan hire in Ireland, opt for the no frills brands and plan your trip outside of the main tourist seasons.
Where can I hire a campervan in Ireland?
In Ireland, the main points to rent a campervan are Dublin and Limerick. You may also pick up a camper in another location and drop it off in Ireland. If you are looking for campervan hire Wexford, camper van rental Clare, motorhome hire Donegal, campervan hire Waterford, please contact us to explore options.
What licence do I need to hire a campervan in Ireland?
You do not require a special licence to hire a campervan in Ireland, just a full and valid licence from your home country. If your licence is in another language, you may also need to present an International Drivers Permit or a suitable translation.
What is the minimum rental period?
The minimum rental period for most campervan Ireland rentals is 5 - 7 days, with the exception of Bunk Campers which requires just one day.
What do I need to bring with me when I collect the campervan?
When you collect the vehicles for your motorhome holidays, you will need to present your driving licence (held at least two years), an International Drivers Permit (if applicable), a second form of identification, and a credit card.
What will our campervan rental from Ireland usually include?
Inclusions vary depending on your chosen rental provider and vehicle class. Check the terms on the booking page to see competitive prices across motorhome hire companies.
Can you sleep anywhere in a campervan in Ireland?
Wild camping is not illegal and is actually permitted in some parts of Ireland. Spots can be found with a bit of online research. Be respectful of property, and if ever in doubt of land ownership, ask a local and get permission.
Do I need to return the campervan with a full tank?
The general rule is to return the fuel at the same level with which you started. You should return the Ireland campervan rental with a full tank of fuel unless otherwise advised by the local depot. Otherwise, you may get charged an additional fuel fee.
What equipment is supplied in the campervan?
Ireland campervan equipment inclusions vary depending on vehicle size and motorhome hire company. Check the terms on each individual booking page to understand the inclusions and exclusions.
Can I do a one-way rental?
Yes, one-way rentals are available for your next Ireland holiday. For example, you can rent a campervan when you land in Dublin and then have Limerick as your drop off location. Simply type your desired pick up location and drop off destination to view the availability and associated costs of motorhome rentals.