It is a time for merriment and celebration, and what better way to celebrate the start of the touring season than discovering somewhere new in Ireland on their patron saint’s day?
Luckily, you don’t need a four leaf clover to stumble upon somewhere great – we’ve compiled some of the best finds on the Emerald Isle, along with caravan and motorhome parks open for St Patrick’s Day.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Whether you’re a thrill seeker or you’d rather stand back and enjoy the beauty of Northern Ireland’s natural scenery, Carrick-a-Rede is a stunning coastal location everyone can enjoy. The 96ft high rope bridge was originally built by and for the fisherman of the area, but it’s run (and safely maintained!) by the National Trust, and attracts visitors from all over walk the 66ft to Carrickarede Island!
Ballyness Caravan Park is ideal for this fantastic attraction.
The fascinating natural landscape on the coast of County Antrim has long been a source of awe and inspiration for those who visit it. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is made up of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns following a volcano eruption (or created by a fearful Scottish Giant, if you believe the legend).
Causeway Coast Holiday Park is a fantastic spot to wake up and explore the footsteps of giants on St Patrick’s Day.
To get a feel for authentic Ireland, travel across to the Aran Islands – Inishmore, Inishmaan and Inisheer. Irish is still a spoken language along with English, and the islands (particularly the largest, Inishmore) are full of Celtic and pre-Christian monuments. Music, dance and art are key to the culture of the islands, and Inishmaan was a noted retreat for the famous playwright JM Synge. The towns are primarily fishing villages, however, and it is their beautiful coastal views that pull in visitors.
Though there is a caravan park on the islands, it only opens later in the season, But luckily Nagles Camping and Caravan Park is just by the pier in Doolin.
Nestled among 60 acres of parklands (and a poison garden!) in Cork, Blarney Castle has been a significant location for almost 600 years. One of the main attractions of the castle is the Blarney Stone, which legend states will give the gift of eloquence to whoever kisses it.
Blackwater Valley Caravan and Camping Park is a perfect base for caravan and motorhome users to explore the castle, which is just 10 minutes away.
The Capitals’ Festival Parades
Both Dublin and Belfast host spectacular parades the whole family can enjoy. Showcasing the best of Irish culture and hospitality, thousands flock to the cities each year to be part of the celebrations. Of course, the bars, restaurants and performance venues on every street will be hosting their own events and festivities – the atmosphere alone would be worth the visit.
Camac Valley Caravan and Camping Park is a lovely rural retreat 30 minutes from the excitement of Dublin’s celebrations, while the Dundonald Touring Park is just 5 miles from all Belfast has to offer.