The Breakaway list!

Its Friday, the sun is out, spring is in the air…. and we are still in lockdown! This week we heard the news that it could be mid summer (whenever that is!) before hospitality reopens again! We are all wishing for a quicker re-opening, especially the 270,000 of us that work in the sector. But until then we will make plans. Time for the next installment of the Galavanting Ireland Breakaway list!

This week we have decided to showcase Irelands Camping holiday destinations. If you really want a break away on a budget then this is the perfect option for you. Prices range from €15 per pitch per night and to be honest, camping provides an experience like no other. Instead of researching all of the different spots around the country we are going to give you the top five sites we have been to!

  1. Battlebridge camping and Caravan park- Co Leitrim

We stayed here last September and I cannot recommend it enough. Situated along the banks of the Shannon, this camping park is the perfect base for a weekend of adventure. We drove in on a Saturday afternoon after a morning spent at the nearly Boyle Farmers market and we were blown away at the beautiful setting.

The pitch was €20 per night and we shown where the toilet and shower block was. We booked a table for dinner that night in Berines Pub and pitched our tent. (Ok I took pictures while Miriam pitched the tent.) The rest of the afternoon was spent along the Leitrim way– waving to the hot shots in their big cruisers at the nearby Lock and walking a section of the canal walk towards Acres lake. That evening was spent sipping wine in the camp chairs while chatting to our neighbours and enjoyed the amazing food on offer in Beirnes Gastro pub.

The following day we treated ourselves to breakfast in Leitrim Village and then headed over to the New Shed Distillery in Drumshambo. A walk on the board walk at Acres lake finished off a pretty amazing weekend in Leitrim.

2. River Valley Holiday Park, Co Wicklow

We visited here last August and to tell you we were impressed is an understatement. We booked a pitch in the adults only part of the park and it was €40 for the night (4 man tent). Our shower and toilet block were a 30 second walk across the grass and the facilities were spotless! We were obviously on an adult getaway but this park is perfect for kids too. They had tennis courts, table tennis, a pet farm, pedal go karts, playgrounds and lots more.

After we pitched the tent we headed over to Mickey Finns Pub where an eagle eyed Avril had spotted a sign for beer tasting. Wicklow beer have their headquarters here- right at the entrance to the park. We paid €15 for an hour an a half beer tasting and it was amazing. Well worth the €15 price. We made a reservation for dinner that evening and headed back to the tent to relax for the evening.

Dinner that night was amazing- fresh mussels, juicy burgers and local brew. The following morning we had crepes from the food truck in the park and then headed to Brittas bay for an afternoon of swimming and eating chips on the beach! We will definitely plan another trip to River Valley this year.

3. Keel Sandybanks Caravan and Camping Park , Achill Island

Our trip to Achill Island in 2019 was full of fun, rain and laughs! 5 of us travelled to this beautiful part of Co Mayo for a catch up. Prices start here at €14 per night for one car and a tent. After pitching two tents, losing one in the wind, drinking some wine in James car (it rained a lot), we headed up to the Amethyst bar for a night of food, craic and music. God we miss those days!

The following day we grabbed breakfast on the go and climbed up Achill head! An amazing expierience with phenomenal views. We will definitely check the weather forecast before our next trip!

4. Glenmore Camping and Caravan Park, Co Antrim

We visited the stunning causeway coast in May 2018 and this camping park was a real jewel to find. It cost us less than €30 for two nights with one tent and one car. We pitched our tent so in the morning we were greeted with a view over Raitlin Island and the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland.

A taxi into Ballycastle that night for food and music cost us less than £10 and what a night we had! The following two days were filled with visits to Dunluce Castle, Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, the Giants Causeway, Downhill beach, Portrush and so much more. I think we will defintely have to book this when we can travel again.

5. Knockalla Caravan and Camping Park, Co Donegal

Situated on the Fanad penninsula in Co Donegal, this beautiful park overlooks Ballymastoker bay and Portsalon Strand. We paid €24 for one night for 2 people. My favourite memory of this park is sitting on the camping chairs with a glass of wine looking out over the beach.

Before we arrived in Portsalon we had travelled up to Fanad Lighthouse for a visit. Spectacular views out into the Atlantic. We feasted in the Pier restaurant that night and I had the nicest fish pie I have ever tasted! Lots of beverages were consumed in the pub next door before we got a taxi back to the campsite.

The next morning we took a walk along Portsalon Strand before hitting the road for home. A trip to beautiful Donegal should be top of your list this year!

So there you have it- our top hotspots for camping this year. For all of you camping virgins you can pick up a pretty decent tent in Halfords, Argos and keep an eye out for deals in Aldi and Lidl. You can pick up camping chairs for as little as €7 and a blow up bed and pump for around €15 in Argos.

Click on the links below for our last two breakaway blogs.

Week one focused on nights away for under €100 per night

Week two focused on self catering breaks for under €100 per night.

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Until we Galavant again- stay safe xx

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