Cross border travel with camper vans is possible from may 10th! Sligo will be welcoming folks from other counties with open arms. Hotels aren’t open yet but there are plenty of places to wild camp. We’ve put together a list of places you can visit and also some information on wild camping etiquette. It’s essential that the Sligo landscape is respected. So here goes….
Locations for Wild Camping
Mullaghmore Head Viewpoint
As part of the Wild Atlantic Way coastal route, Mullaghmore is truly breathtaking. Awash with surfers looking to catch some of the gigantic waves on the break. There are actually a few spots you could pull in to and park along the way, but the largest area is at the Mullaghmore head viewpoint in which there is a “Wild Atlantic Way” sign.
You can fit up to 4 campervans/motorhomes here. The views are staggeringly beautiful but it can be a tad windy.
Easkey is a lovely little village to explore. Pudding Row is a great spot grab a coffee and freshly baked bread. The Tower is just outside the village. At the point of publishing the Tower is temporarily closed. But it’s still worth noting as a possible for the future.
Pretty Lissadell is overlooked by the regal looking Lissadell House. This beach does get quite busy on the warmer days but for good reason. The water is aquamarine blue in certain light.
You can read more about Sligo’s beauty spots and possible wild camping Sligo locations here.
Wild Camping Etiquette
Total Camping Ireland have great tips on how to wild camp whilst respecting the environment. Some of their recommendations are below.
To make the most out of your experience, to remain safe and avoid any potential legal infractions, it is crucial to recognise the wild camping code of conduct. Some of the major points include:
- Never leave any debris or rubbish behind.
- Obtain permission from a landowner in advance if you are staying on private property.
- Always plan.
- Do not harm any animals or other wildlife.
- Camp on safe ground.
- Never disturb the environment (leave what you find).
- Be careful when managing campfires.
On a final note, it is essential to mention that the majority of campers will follow one of these four routes throughout Ireland:
- The Coillte Land and Recreational Forests
- National Waymarked Trails.
- National Looped Walks
- The Slí na Sláinte
Nearby landowners have allowed these trails to impede their properties, so wild camping is generally tolerated in such areas. As always, ask permission if you are in doubt.
Also refer to Leave No Trace Ireland for more tips on respectful camping. www.leavenotraceireland.org
Enjoy your toasted marshmallows folks!