Can I park my Craic N Campers vehicle wherever I like? What’s ‘Wild Camping’?
Wild Camping or Free Camping as its sometimes know refers to parking overnight in public areas or non-campsite locations. Wild Camping in Ireland is widely accepted however according to the letter of the law it is technically not legal. That said, Wild Camping is very popular amongst seasoned campers due to a few practical factors.
Firstly cost. If you intend on travelling for a prolonged period, the cost of staying in a campsite every night will begin to add up. Rates vary but generally expect to pay anything from €35 to €60 per night. Expect to pay a little more depending on proximity to urban areas or popular scenic sites where the demand is high during the summer months.
Secondly, location. Ireland is unique regarding its unspoilt natural beauty. Often some of the most scenic locations are well out of the way from towns and cities. Therefore, Wild Camping may be the only option should you wish to experience waking up to the sounds of the sea lapping against the shore or in the centre of the rugged Burren National Park.
Last but by no means least is the fact that all Craic N Campers vehicles are sufficiently equipped to be as independent as you want to be! Therefore, regardless of location, you will enjoy lighting at night time, electronics charging facilities, central heating (gas) and water heater (gas) so cooking and showering are no issue as each camper carries its own water supply.
However, Wild Camping is not for everyone. Often families travelling with children prefer to book into campsites due to the vast array of activities and facilities on site. Within one hour drive from our depot in Roscommon Town there are over 15 registered campsites. These offer an array of facilities from crèches, kids clubs, archery, zip-lines, restaurants, bars and much more! We always advise customers who are new to camping to book into a campsite close by for night one until you become accustomed to the vehicle. Information on these can be found here.
Some tips should you decide to give Wild Camping a go.
The real key to Wild Camping is common sense. Always ensure you choose a level site which is not obstructing gate ways or drive ways and be sure you are not trespassing on agricultural land. A good idea is to pick a location during daylight hours. Park up late and leave early. Once set up for the night NEVER light campfires and generally be as discreet as possible. Enjoy the scenery but be peaceful and pick up and litter before you leave. If you do happen to be asked to move on, be friendly and polite.
If you are still uncertain what best suits your needs, just give us a call or email. We have experience with many of the popular sites and know quite a few hidden wild spots too! We love what we do and will only be delighted to help you to make your Craic N Campers holiday different.