The world’s media has shown the Queen and Barack Obama taking in the pleasures of the ‘Emerald Isle’. Thankfully, you don’t have to be a Monarch or President of the United States to experience all that Ireland has to offer.

The fascinating history, charming culture and breath-taking scenery is readily available to those willing to invest the time to explore and admire. With a wealth of attractions and entertainment suitable for all ages and interests, Ireland provides an adventure that few other countries can match.

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Taking your caravan or motorhome to Ireland by ferry

The only way to get to Ireland from the UK with your motorhome or caravan is by ferry. Most routes travel to Dublin from either Holyhead or Birkenhead or you can travel to Cork from Swansea. A website such as www.directferries.co.uk will help you search routes and prices to find the most convenient crossing.

Ireland deserves to be properly explored so, if time and budget allow, plan to take in as many counties as you can. There are over 100 campsite operators to choose from, including a selection affiliated to UK camping and caravanning clubs. All are within easy reach of a wide range of attractions and activities.

Garden lovers are spoilt for choice. Stroll through herbaceous borders at Butterstream in County Meath, a wild watery haven at Annes Grove in Castletownroche in Cork or manicured lawns at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, now tended by Benedictine nuns.

History lovers can enjoy tales of rebellion and riots at Ireland’s many castles. Trim Castle, in County Meath, is regarded as the largest and most important due to its role as garrison for Anglo Normans, who treated trespassers to a shower of boiling water, tar, arrows and rocks from overhead.

A rich mix of galleries and museums representing every period and discipline will keep art fans entertained. The National Museum of Ireland has four venues each dedicated to a different craft. Dublin based collections focus on archaeology, the decorative arts and natural history. A museum recalling traditional Irish Country Life from the 1850’s is based in the beautiful grounds of Turlough Park House in Castlebar, Country Mayo.

There’s plenty for the more active Traveller to do

Active families can get stuck into biking, horse riding, canoeing, trekking or surfing adventures, all against some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. For more gentle sporting pursuits, Ireland has no shortage of golf courses whilst the range of venues in which to enjoy game, coarse or pike fishing is endless.

Whatever your passion, Ireland is well worth considering for your next holiday and travelling by caravan gives you that freedom that no other accommodation can match.