Get the best out of your Ireland Roadtrip
Northern Ireland has a lot to offer in terms of beautiful scenery, bustling cities, and great people. When touring around the country, there are many campsites that you can park up at to spend the night. Take a look at some of our favourites below:
Situated on a working hill farm in Country Antrim, this rural campsite is a great way to spend time with nature and meet some friendly livestock. Nestled in the Northern Irish countryside, the site is based on a dark skies site meaning that you have a great chance of seeing the stars on a clear evening due to the lack of light pollution.
The site has hot showers, fully serviced pitches, a play area for kids and plenty to explore on the farmland. Just a ten minute drive away is the beautiful Ballycastle beach, while there are many boking and walking routes in nearby forests that take you past mountains and picturesque waterfalls. This campsite is a slice of peace and quiet where you are guaranteed to get a good night’s sleep.
Another one of our favourite Antrim campsites is Causeway Cost Holiday Park – and this is a great place to stop if you are heading towards the famous world heritage site the Giant’s Causeway. The Causeway is located ten miles away while the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge is five miles away. The park itself is spread over 28 acres and has stunning views over Ballycastle Bay and the cliffs of Fairhead. Travel a little further (around 15 minutes) and you will discover the delights of Irish Whiskey at the Old Bushmill Distillery where you can find out about how it is made and try a few samples!
Facilities include showers, a heated pool, amusements, a pool table and outdoor play areas for the kids – making this the ideal campsite for families.
For a more back to basic, approach try the Sessile Oak Wild Camping Site in County Tyrone, set on 30 acres of ancient woodland. The site has a more basic approach to camping with no allocated pitches – instead, you just choose a spot and set up camp. The site includes a toilet block and is centred around wild camping with minimal waste and no trace left when you leave, allowing nature to flourish. On site, you will find a stunning river perfect for wild swimming and salmon fishing (permission required), and a beautiful forest perfect for walks with your dog.
Why not treat yourself to the homemade ice cream available on site, or head to the town of Plumbridge, which is only ten minutes away for some local cuisine.
Set near the popular holiday town of Portrush, Highview Holiday park is a great central location to see some of the best sights Northern Ireland has to offer. The campsite is a short drive to the Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle, the Dark Hedges, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, Ballintoy Harbour and the town of Coleraine. There are many activities to do in the area such as surfing, biking and hiking as well as some great coffee shops, restaurants and pubs close by. On a clear day, you can see as far as Scotland across the sea and have a great view of the coastline.
While the facilities at this site are minimal, there is still a laundry area, toilets, motorhome service point and a play area, meaning that you can comfortably stay.