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Pick up a campervan hire in Belfast and discover Northern Ireland
A motorhome hire from Belfast is a fantastic way to explore the best of Northern Ireland. Quaint seaside villages, breathtaking landscapes, and fascinating historical sites await your visit! But before you drive off into the lush countryside, enjoy a bit of what this capital city has to offer. Admire proudly restored historic buildings as you digest the complicated past of a city focused on renewal, and step into its vision for the future as you meander through its modern shopping district. Get a deal on campervan hire Belfast and plan your Northern Ireland road trip today.
What you need to know about campervan hire Northern Ireland
Campervan hire NI tips for the savvy traveller
There are two airports in Belfast: Belfast International Airport and George Best Belfast City Airport. When choosing a motorhome rental, be sure to know where you will be landing and have a look at the pick up options available from each provider. Some will provide a ‘Meet and Greet’ service and/or airport transfers for an additional fee. Organise this ahead of time and keep in contact with the local depot in case your travel plans change as a result of flight delays, etc.
Some planning tips for motorhome hire NI
- The streets in Belfast and the surrounding countryside can be very narrow. Get comfortable with your vehicle before hitting the road and make sure you have a reliable navigation system. Good old fashioned maps are handy for extra security and preparedness. Ask all the questions you have before leaving the Belfast depot—the staff are there to help you.
- Speed and distance are measured in miles, however, if you have plans to road trip down to the Republic of Ireland, note signage changes to kilometres.
- Remember that it’s illegal to wild camp, so when driving the Causeway Coastal Route from Belfast, you’ll have to stay in campervan parks. Luckily, these aren’t too expensive and come with the bonus of amenities like laundry, proper bathrooms, electricity hookups and WiFi.
- Jordanstown Loughshore Caravan Park is about five miles north of Belfast on the Causeway Coastal Route, with access to bus routes and train stations—an good place to park your Belfast motorhome rental when exploring the city for a few days. Other fantastic camping sites include Dundonald Touring Caravan Park, Tollymore Forest Park, Castle Ward or Myrtle at Larchfield Estate.
- A few recommended items for your travels in Northern Ireland include hiking shoes, wet weather gear—including an umbrella—and warm clothing for caves.
- Leave no trace. Take all your rubbish with you and don’t overload public bins.
Campervan hire Belfast: Where to go
From castles and caves to craggy coastlines, a trip here will renew your sense of adventure. Whether you stick to the Causeway Coastal Route, towards the Mourne Mountains, scenic Wild Atlantic Way or discover the entire Emerald Isle, you have plenty of options departing Belfast. Here are just a few highlights to hit on your way:
Cushendun is a small oceanside village, and your first chance to discover the wild natural beauty of Northern Ireland. Start with a stroll through the town itself to visit the charming Cornish cottages, then continue down to the coastline to see the towering Cushendun Caves.
The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge was first built by salmon fishermen in 1755 and is now suspended 30 metres - 100 feet - above sea level between two cliff faces rising out of the sea. It was originally nothing more than gapped planks of wood and a single handrail, but today offers a lot more stability and safety.
Long a popular spot for artists and photographers, this gorgeous tree-lined road became even more popular due to its featuring in Game of Thrones as part of the King’s Road. In fact, it is now one of the most photographed natural attractions in Northern Ireland.
One of Ireland’s most phenomenal attractions, this 60-million-year-old UNESCO World Heritage site comprises roughly 40,000 basalt stone columns that you can explore by walking across their bizarre and beautiful tops like tall steps. The site is and has inspired countless tales and legends thanks to its mystical appearance.
Marble Arch Caves
Part of a UNESCO-listed Global Geopark—which also boasts waterfalls, forests, viewpoints, and wetlands—these limestone caves form an extensive underground system and bring something extra special to the itinerary. You’ll drift on a boat along on the Cuilcagh River—which is still creating the caves system underground today—to view the chambers and passages beneath the earth and then walk 1.5 kilometres for the final views of the tour.
If you fancy travelling to other UK motorhome destinations after your Northern Ireland road trip, a campervan hire tour in Glasgow, Edinburgh, or London Heathrow is a popular option for your next adventure. The choice is yours!
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How much does it cost to rent a campervan in Belfast?
The cost of motorhome hire in Northern Ireland varies depending on several factors. For up-to-the-minute prices, type in your details at the top of this page to compare deals across multiple brands and campervans.
What is the cheapest way to rent a campervan?
The cheapest way to hire a campervan in Northern Ireland is to book a small, no-frills model during the off-peak season (and reserve it well in advance).
What’s included in the campervan rental?
Belfast campervan inclusions vary between motorhome brands and models. Compare listings and offerings across multiple motorhome hire Northern Ireland companies right here.
How old do I have to be to rent a campervan from Belfast?
You must be at least 21 years old to book a campervan hire in Belfast. Some rental providers will require drivers to be at least 25, and/or charge a young driver fee.
Where are the best places to camp near Belfast?
There are lots of campsites available near the city, allowing you to get out in the wild and nature. Drive your motorhome rental in Belfast to well-known camping sites like Dundonald Touring Caravan Park, Tollymore Forest Park, Castle Ward or Myrtle at Larchfield Estate.
Can I rent a campervan one way from Belfast?
Yes, major RV / motorhome rental suppliers which have branches nationwide aside from their Belfast depot, offer one-way rentals. Check our website to see pick-up and drop-off locations available for you. This option may incur an additional fee.
What is the minimum rental period?
Belfast campervan hire companies have varying minimum rental periods. Some require you to pay a minimum amount, while others require you to book the motorhome rental for a certain number of days. Anywhere Campers requires you to pay for at least 5 days. For Bunk Campers, a minimum rental period of 7 nights is required during high season and 3 nights during low season. Generally, you get the best value for your money when you book longer trips.
Are dogs allowed in the vehicle?
Not all camper van hire NI companies allow dogs, so it is very important to check the specifications on each listing before booking to ensure your furry friend is welcome. Anywhere Campers generally does allow pets.
Do I need a special licence to drive a campervan in Belfast?
For most rentals, you do not require a special license. You can drive vehicles up to 3,500kg on a standard (category B) car licence. If the motorhome is between 3,500kg and 7,500kg, you will require a category C1 licence.
What is the speed limit in Belfast?
The most common speed limits you will find in Northern Ireland are up to 30 mph in built-up areas, 60 mph outside built-up areas, and up to 70 mph for motorways and dual-carriageways.