Ireland’s west coast offers a wealth of magnificent scenery. But for some truly otherworldly landscapes, we recommend you head to The Burren, County Clare. Covering 530 square kilometres, this enchanting region is a compelling mix of rich heritage, incredible flora and rugged limestone landscapes. On arrival, you’ll quickly realise why the Irish named it Boirinn, meaning rocky district.
Along with the nearby (and equally wonderful) Cliffs of Moher, the area was awarded status as a UNESCO Global Geopark in 2011. Today, The Burren attracts visitors from all over the world, keen to witness one of the only places on Earth where Arctic, Alpine and Mediterranean plants share space or to visit a selection of its 2,700 historic sites. The Burren is steeped in Irish culture and a visit to a traditional music night is a must.
Activity enthusiasts will love the walking, cycling, and caving The Burren offers, and the gastronomes among you will find much to enjoy in this part of the world. Luckily the good folks at Burren Food Trail have put together a fantastic resource on markets, eateries and festivals so you can get useful recommendations on your travels.
After all that you are going to need a good choice of motorhome campsites in and near the Burren to rest your happily-tired bones and full stomachs. Read on to discover the 5 Best Motorhome Campsites in Burren National Park.
Nagle's Camping & Caravan Park
Nagle's Camping & Caravan Park is located in Doolin, County Clare and is perfectly situated to explore The Burren and visit the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher. Guests can choose from 85 serviced hardstanding motorhome pitches with electric hook-ups, all with great views. Facilities at this Burren National Park campsite are good and include a laundry area, games room, onsite grocery shop and hot showers.
Naturally, you will want to marvel at the majesty of the Cliffs of Moher while you are in the area. If you can arrange your trip so you have a couple of days to hedge your bets on getting the right weather conditions, I would recommend you do. Sea fogs roll in on a fairly regular basis and can completely obscure the landscape.
Nagle's Camping & Caravan Park, Ballaghaline, Co. Clare, V95 HX25, Ireland
O'Connor's Riverside Camping and Caravan Park
Located in the picturesque village of Doolin O'Connor's Riverside Camping and Caravan Park is a great spot for exploring The Burren as well as taking trips to the Doolin and Ailwee Caves and the Aran Islands. The site facilities include a fully-equipped kitchen, hot showers and a games room.
This is an ideal motorhome campsite in the Burren National Park for relaxing by the river, hiking the coast path or taking in some of the local culture, especially of the music variety. Doolin is considered by many to be the traditional music capital of Ireland. If you are in the area during June it’s well worth getting tickets for the Doolin Folk Festival, though you’re bound to find plenty of musical entertainment at The Attic Bar or one of the friendly local pubs at any time of year.
O'Connor's Riverside Camping and Caravan Park, Doolin, Co. Clare, V95 KP99, Ireland
Kitty’s Cosy Camping
Nestled at the foothills of The Burren in a site dotted with traditional wooden wagons, Kitty’s Cosy Camping positively oozes charm. This lovely motorhome campsite near The Burren National Park is the perfect place to get away from it all, whatever the weather throws at you. The owners have created a welcoming communal space including a well-equipped kitchen and dining room and there is an outdoor firepit and BBQ with plenty of seating for some night-time star gazing. They can even supply wood to guests.
If you can drag yourself away from your sanctuary, check out the local beaches at Flaggy Shore, Bishops Quarter or take a trip to the wonderfully-named Lough Bunny. Kids will love the Ailwee Caves and the birds of prey show and a trip to The Burren Nature Sanctuary and its petting zoo is also a great choice.
Kitty’s Cosy Camping, Cappacasheen Kinvara Co. Galway Ireland
Corofin Village Hostel and Camping Park
If you are keen to hike or generally explore The Burren National Park, this campsite is a wonderful choice. Family run and well-equipped with amenities including a table tennis and pool table this dog-friendly site comes complete with indoor and outdoor communal areas helping to ensure you can weather all weathers. The local pubs host traditional Irish music sessions three times a week and there is an excellent week-long festival in March.
There’s plenty to keep you busy near the site. Lovers of history will enjoy Dysert O’Dea Archaeology Trail and nature enthusiasts have their pick of visiting the Corofin Wetlands, dolphin spotting on the Shannon Estuary and - of course - exploring The Burren National Park. You can find a great choice of walks on the Irish National Parks website.
Main St, Laghtagoona, Corofin, Co. Clare, Ireland
With some great ideas for motorhome campsites in Burren National Park under your belt, now all you have to do is plan that trip! You could easily pass a couple of weeks in this beguiling area or make it part of a longer journey around Ireland and Northern Ireland, taking in Connemara, Killarney, Cork, Wicklow, Donegal…the list goes on! Wherever your travels take you, make sure you come prepared for all weather. We promise you won’t regret packing those extra waterproofs, high-factor sunscreen, walking boots and sunglasses.
Of the many highlights of visiting The Burren, driving along the Wild Atlantic Way is high on the list. This stretch is considered to be one of the finest road trips in the world so what better way to do it than in your own four-wheeled accommodation? The freedom of the open road. The ability to stop wherever you please - it’s quite simply one of the best feelings around. If you don’t have your own vehicle why not take a look at some of our motorhomes for hire in Ireland. We’re sure you’ll find the ideal travel companion for a truly memorable trip to Ireland and the wonderful Burren National Park.