The lush and varied geography of the emerald isle offers diverse options that visitors can explore.
From hiking to trekking to taking on the most challenging climb up a mountain are just some of the ways to experience Ireland’s natural beauty.
For those who are willing to leave behind the comforts of a proper accommodation, camping in Ireland promises to be a great experience.
Imagine waking up in the mountains with a view of the valley, or on an island in the Atlantic or enjoying a meal under the stars, with the sound of the crashing waves.
Camping is a great way to truly experience Ireland, and here are some of the best camping sites you may want to consider.
Things you'll find in this article
- 9 Best Camping Sites In Ireland With Amazing Views
- 1. Beara Peninsula, Cork/Kerry
- 2. Brushers Adirondack Shelter, Co. Wicklow
- 3. Eagle Point Camping, County Cork
- 4. Knockadav Wild Camping, Waterford
- 5. Mannix Point, Kerry
- 6. Omey Island, Connemara
- 7. Purecamping, County Clare
- 8. Valentia Island Caravan and Camping, Co. Kerry
- 9. North Coast of Ireland – Carrick Dhu Camping and Caravan site
9 Best Camping Sites In Ireland With Amazing Views
1. Beara Peninsula, Cork/Kerry
One of the most beautiful camping sites in Ireland is in Beara Peninsula in County Cork.
Framed by the mountain ranges two mountain ranges of Caha and Slieve Miskish as well as the Atlantic coast, this guarantees an unforgettable camping experience.
Along with the spectacular scenery though is the breeze, so don’t forget to bring a jacket and scarves.
There are designated campsites in the area that offers a kitchen and toilet facilities for a fee, and you can also just hike and find yourself a spot in the mountains.
The latter option does not have the comforts of a designated campsite so bring all that you’ll need from food to wipes. Always remember though to follow the Leave No Trace rule.
2. Brushers Adirondack Shelter, Co. Wicklow
A unique wild vamping adventure awaits along the Wicklow Way. Instead of just pitching tents, you’ll find Adirondack shelters in remote parts.
These remote areas have the best views of the beautiful mountains and surrounding areas.
You may still bring your tent, of course, and use it along with the hut if ever it’s available when you visit. This is real wild camping and there are no kitchen facilities so bring your own supplies.
There are no toilets either so bring whatever you’ll need to stay comfortable while making sure that you keep the campsite clean as well.
The huts along the Wicklow Way are located in Brushers Gap, Mucklagh, and Mullacor.
3. Eagle Point Camping, County Cork
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If you’re up for more than just camping, Eagle Point Camping in County Cork offers some fantastic water activities.
This area in the Eagle Point Peninsula in Cork offers kayaking, sailing, and windsurfing, along with its spectacular surrounding views.
The campsite stretches over a large area and is surrounded by water. It is close to scenic attractions such as Garinish Island, Glengariff Woods, and Glengarriff Bamboo Park.
There are no kitchen facilities on site but there is a supermarket where you can buy supplies.
There are restaurants near Eagle Point Camping so if you’re heading out to explore, you can check them out as well. Eagle point also boasts of great sanitation facilities, toilets, showers, and a laundry area.
4. Knockadav Wild Camping, Waterford
Located in the Knockmealdown Mountains, this wild camping spot guarantees a wonderful escape from the city hustle.
The uphill journey maybe a bit challenging and you’ll have to endure chilly winds, but the fresh clean air and spectacular views are truly worth it.
From the site, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of lush farmlands and Blackwater Valley. The area is also home to some rare bird species such as red grouse and the hen harrier.
As mentioned earlier, the site’s altitude means that the winds are colder so pack a warm jacket and thick scarves.
The site doesn’t require permits or fees for campers unless you’re a large group (more than 10). There are designated sites, and campers are advised to follow the Leave No Trace rule.
5. Mannix Point, Kerry
Mannix Point in Co. Kerry is regarded as one of the best camping sites in Ireland that offers the most scenic views.
This camping park is close to the coastline near Cahirciveen and surrounded by the mountains of the Iveragh Peninsula. It has toilet facilities and a camper’s kitchen where you can either cook or buy your food.
This place is also the nearest to the departure point for the Skelligs so that’s something to do during the day to make the most of your trip.
6. Omey Island, Connemara
How about camping on an island, surrounded by the crashing waves if the Atlantic?
A one-of-a-kind wild camping adventure awaits in Omey Island, Connemara, where you get to relax under clear skies that are even more stunning at night.
Thus campsite is situated just off Claddaghduff in Connemara, in a tidal island that you can easily cross on foot from the mainland.
From this site, you’ll have amazing views of the Aughrus peninsula as well as the Atlantic.
There are no shops or other facilities on the island so bring all your supplies with you – from the tent to food. As with every campsite, leave no trace.
7. Purecamping, County Clare
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Purecamping is considered as one of the best camping sites in Ireland.
It is a go-to campsite for those who want a relaxing respite, and it caters to all sorts of campers. You may choose to pitch your own tent or rent one of their furnished cabins.
Purecamping is surrounded by lush woodlands, and if you want to swim, the water is just a 15-minute walk from the site.
It is also known for its eco-friendly facilities such as naturally composting toilets and recycled rainwater showers.
8. Valentia Island Caravan and Camping, Co. Kerry
Another of the best camping sites in Ireland is located in Valentia Island, County Kerry.
It is along the Wild Atlantic Way, and just three kilometers from the Ring if Kerry – two of the most scenic routes in the emerald isle.
This location guarantees splendid views from the campsite. Thus area takes pride in its cleanliness and outstanding facilities such as kitchen, laundry area, and toilets.
The campsite and the rest of Valentia is a beautiful place that has plenty to see and do.
From here, you can easily explore the Skelligs and see more of the sites along the Atlantic coast.
9. North Coast of Ireland – Carrick Dhu Camping and Caravan site
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Up in the northern coast of Northern Ireland is the stunning Carrick Dhu Camping and Caravan site.
This massive campsite us open mostly for caravans, but there is a designated area for pitching tents for £25.
Situated outside the town of Portrush, the area boasts of good security. There are no kitchen facilities available, so bring your own food and cooking supplies.
The toilet and shower facilities are clean, and there is an area for charging your gadgets.
Situated on the Causeway Coastal Route, the stunning Atlantic Ocean is just across from the Park entrance.
From the site, you may also enjoy coastal walks into both Portrush and Portstewart along the scenic Port Path.
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