Camping isn’t just one of the most budget-friendly ways to travel around, it’s one of the most fun and adventurous ways to see a country too. And, I can’t imagine a better place to go camping than Ireland.
Ireland is famed for its fun culture, rugged coastline, stunning countryside, and being able to see every shade of green in its emerald fields. From the highest sea cliffs in Europe on Achill Island to the almost Fjord-like scenery in Cork plus the Cliffs Of Moher and the mountains of Carauantoohil, there is something for everyone in the magical country. But where should you camp?
Below you’ll find some of the best campsites in Ireland, dotted along its west coast and the inner highlands, for you to explore the wilderness from in comfort.
Address: Renvyle Peninsula, Tullybeg, Renvyle, Co. Galway, Ireland
Open: April – 30th September
Price: 11 Euro per adult per night, Euro per child per night
Renvyle Campsite is the perfect spot to really get away from it all. Found on Renvyle Peninsula on the northwest coast of Galway, this campsite is in the middle of farmland, right by the sea with the nearest village being a 15-minute walk away.
At the end of the campsite is Renvyle Beach and every pitch has a view looking across. You’ll be able to wake up and see the sea, hear the sound of the ocean, and take in the magical sunsets when the sun dips into the Atlantic in the evenings.
The beach is covered in white sand, has crystal clear waters, and is the perfect place to spend the day swimming, walking, picnic, and building sandcastles with the kids. From the beach, there are numerous coastal walks to be found the run around the peninsula’s edge, giving you beautiful views of the islands to the west and into the countryside to the east.
The nearest pub is about a 30-minute walk down the road or a 5-minute drive, and there is a basic supermarket in the village just a 15-minute walk away. It is recommended to bring the supplies you need, as only the basics will be available once you’re there.
The campsite facilities are excellent and you’ll have access to an electric hookup if you need one, freezers, a kitchen, bathrooms, hot showers, laundry facilities, and you can buy gas cylinders on site too.
If you’re looking for peace in the countryside, Renvyle is a great choice, but there isn’t much to do for kids bar enjoying the beach and exploring the coastline.
Address: Purecamping, Querrin, Co. Clare, V15 F602, Ireland
Open: May – September
Price: 14 Euro Per Night Adult, 7 Euro Per Night Child
Pure Camping sits on Ireland’s west coast on the south side of the Loop Head Peninsula. It’s an eco-friendly campsite with a lot to offer. You can pitch a tent, campervan, or rent some of their glamping options like a fully furnished bell tent or naturally built wooden cabin.
The campsite offers both yoga and meditation on-site, the perfect way to disconnect from the working world. If that’s not quite your style, the surrounding area has everything you could expect from a countryside stay on the west coast of Ireland.
The Wild Atlantic Way is right on your doorstep along with countless walks and bike rides around the peninsular. You can take in the views of emerald green fields, stunning cliffs, beaches, rivers and a whole host of activities are available too.
A short walk to the reception will have you connected with adventures including horseback riding, dolphin watching, cycling, fishing, sailing, and kayaking to name a few. There are also old fishing villages like Carrigaholt and Kilbaha to visit along with the Loop Head lighthouse.
The main hub of the area is the town of Kilkee, a 10-minute drive away where you’ll find countless pubs, restaurants, shops, and cafes plus a buzzing local vibe worth experiencing.
Address: Nagles Camping & Caravan Park, Doolin, Co. Clare
Phone: +353 65 7074 458
Open: May – September
Price: 10 Euro per night Adult, 5 Euro per night Child
Nagles Campsite is another must stay pitching site on the west coast of Ireland. The campsite sits on the outskirts of Doolin village right on the shoreline and offers everything from glamping to tent pitches. Every pitch has a view across the Atlantic where you can wake up to an endless blue horizon and excellent views of the Aran Islands.
It’s the perfect campsite for exploring the Aran Islands from with the Doolin ferry operating just a 5-minute walk from the camp that’ll take you to the Aran Islands for the day. It’s also close to the famous cliffs of Moher and Lahinch. There’s a pretty good surf beach down the road, a pitch and putt, cliff trails to explore, other beaches, caves, and a whole lot more to keep you and the family entertained.
The small town of Doolin just down the road has numerous shops and cafes for you to enjoy and a fun atmosphere. It is home to some of the best session bars in Ireland. Within a 10 minute walk from the campsite, you will find yourself having a pint with locals at one of the three great bars in the area, McGann’s, McDermotts, and Fitzpatrick’s.
The campsite has excellent facilities for you to use during your stay. There are hot showers, toilets, a fully equipped campers kitchen, a laundry room, wifi, and fully serviced handstands with power, waste, and waste connections.
You’ll also find a children’s play area, a games room, freshwater refills, an electric car charging point, and an onsite camping and grocery shop for any suppliers you might have forgotten.
Camping at Nagles will give you a lifetime of memories, it’s in the heart of Ireland’s wild west, with everything you could want from culture to heritage and the dramatic scenes of the west coast.
Address: Eagle Point, Reenadisert, Ballylickey, Co. Cork, P75 WP58
Open: April – September
Price: 30 Euro per night for 2 adults, 3 Euro per night per child
Eagle Point Campsite is on the peninsulas of South West Ireland and is about as close as you can be to camping on the Nordic Fjords without having to go to Norway. The campsite sits just a few miles north of the town of Bantry and is spread over the end of a mini peninsula.
You can rent a caravan, bring your campervan or pitch and tent, and with every pitch, you’ll have delightful sea views into the Atlantic. From the campsite, you have access a few small beaches that are lovely to picnic on and spend the day building sandcastles, and if you’re brave take a dip into the chilly sea.
You can go kayaking, boogie boarding, fishing, and windsurfing in the surrounding area and take long walks along the numerous coast paths to get stunning cliff-top views over the Atlantic and surrounding areas. There is also a wealth of history to discover with old castles, museums, model towns, toy soldier factories, and beautiful west Cork gardens.
You’ll find a few pubs within walking distance of the campsite and in the village of Bantry, there’s a fun local community with loads of shops, restaurants, and pubs to choose from.
The campsite has all the facilities you’ll need for your stay including hot showers, toilets, washing areas, laundry, ice pack freezing, hairdryers, electrical hookups, TV rooms, a tennis court, and Wifi.
It truly is one of the most magical camping spots in Ireland and waking up every morning with a view of the sea from your pitch is something that never gets old.
Address: Keel East, Achill Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Open: April – September
Price: 7-11 Euro per night per adult, 2 Euro per child per night, 4 Euro per car
Keel Sandybanks campsite is also on the west coast of Ireland but is more remote than any of the other campsites featured so far. It sits on Achill Island on the most western tip of Ireland that is home to mountains, lochs, white sand beaches, and beautiful coastal scenery.
Just a two-minute walk from the campsite is Keel beach, one of the most protected surf spots in Ireland. It’s the ideal place to learn how to surf with relaxed waves and great shelter from the wind. There is a surf rental shop on the beach where you can hire all the gear you need and grab some lessons if you’re keen on learning.
Keel beach isn’t just great for surfers. It’s a long white sand beach that’s a great place for picnics, having a beach day with the family, braving a frosty swim, and going for long strolls. I’d highly watch taking a walk along the white sands in the evenings and watching the sun slowly drop into the Atlantic.
The mountain ranges of Slievemore and Croaghuan are a short drive away and have stunning hikes where you can peer over the highest sea cliffs in Europe, visit the deserted village of Achill, and walk to the remote beach of Annagh that you can only get to by walking or with a boat.
The area is also famous for watersports and pretty much all of them are on offer. Fishing, kayaking, kite surfing, windsurfing, surfing, diving, snorkeling, and more are on your doorstep.
You’ll also find an amusement park next to the campsite that is perfect for anyone camping with kids. They’ll find hours of entertainment in all the activities.
The facilities at the campsite offer everything you could want from your stay. There are hot showers, bathrooms, hairdryers, laundry areas, a campers kitchen, a games room, recycling bins, and more. There’s also plenty of pubs and restaurants in the area but the shops only stock the basics so it’s advisable to pick up all your supplies en route.
Address: Mealis, Beaufort, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Open: All year
Price: Enquire here – email@example.com
For anyone looking to spend some time in the mountains of Ireland, Cronins Yard Campsite in Kerry is the perfect place to base yourself from. Set on the foothills of the tallest mountain in Ireland, Carrauntoohil, the campsite offers tent pitches, pods, and the option to rent a mountain cottage.
From the campsite, you can walk directly into the Reeks and it’s the perfect place to summit Carrayntoohil from. You have picturesque views of the summit from your tent and numerous loop walks that’ll have you exploring the moorlands with stunning views over county Kerry.
As well as a beautiful mountain range to spend your time on there are also rivers, lochs, mountain tarns and you can spend your days fishing or rock climbing too.
The facilities on the campsite are quite minimal but everything you need is provided. There’s a covered cooking area, showers, toilets and you can request pack lunches from the owners for your day trips around the mountains. There is also a tea room onsite with an open fireplace so you can warm-up if it’s blowing a gale outside.
Prices can be found on inquiry but it is one of the least expensive places to camp in Ireland. If you’re planning on going outside of summertime, it might be worth getting a pod as the area is known for its rain and wind.
The pods are kitted out with insulation and double glazed windows but they are designed to be used as tents and don’t have beds or electricity which is something to be aware of.
The mountain cottage is full of everything you could ever need and has 2 bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, bathroom, shower, and wood-burning stove. If you want a break from the elements, you could treat yourself to a night or two.
Ireland is famed not just for its Guinness but its wild Atlantic coastline, beautiful beaches, stunning cliffs, and every shade of green. There isn’t a better way of seeing the country, especially if you’re on a budget than loading up the car with your camping gear and setting off for an emerald adventure.
Roger is a little obsessed with travel. He has been to over 40 countries, broken 3 suitcases and owned over 10 backpacks in 12 months. What he doesn't know about travel, ain't worth knowing!