IN AT NUMBER 4… THE GIANT’S CAUSEWAY

Here is my number 4 in the sussex campers top 10 most beautiful places in the UK, to give you some ideas for fantastic trips away in your campervan… the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland.

It is thought that the cooling of some molten lava millions of years ago created the fascinating shapes of the Giant’s Causeway or, alternatively, that a giant ripped up the rocks as he ran along the coast… whichever you believe, this is a truly spectacular sight. For something really special, visit at sunset to catch the sea mists rolling in for a magical view. Once you have seen this coastline for yourself, it is easy to understand why the Causeway Coastal route, from Belfast to Londonderry, has been voted one of the top 5 tourist drives in Europe.

When you have seen seen the Giant’s Causeway, visit Portcoon, with its famous sea cave, made popular with tales of smuggling and ghostly pipers, or take a ride on the old Causeway Tramline. If you are feeling daring, take the coastal footpath to the exhilarating, and vertigo inducing, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Go over to Carrick island with its diverse birdlife and amazing uninterrupted views across to Scotland, making it well worth the scary walk!
There are so many activities to choose from in the area including horse trekking, sailing, sea and lake fishing, surfing, and coasteering. Dunluce Castle, situated on a cliff edge, is definitely worth a visit as it is surrounded by jaw dropping scenery, and gives you an insight into medieval Irish life.

The coastline, dotted with fishermen’s cottages, small sheltered harbours, isolated ruins and shoreline fields, reminds you of the hard life farmers and fishermen endured throughout history, and a new state of the art visitors centre is due to be opened in September 2012, which will allow you to really delve into understanding the history and culture of the area, and give you tips for how to explore it for yourself.

Ballyness Caravan park is ideally located for you to explore the Causeway Coast with all the usual facilities you could need, including electric, water and drainage hook ups, free hot showers and laundry room, as well as internet access and wifi.

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SOUTHERN IRELAND

Southern Ireland is a beautiful place to visit, especially in June, with some of the lowest average wet days and highest average temperatures! Enjoy the vast array of lovely Sandy beaches, epic walks, great fishing and a nice pint of Guinness.

My family has had some great holidays in Ireland, travelling through Wales, with a night in the Brecon Beacons, to catch the Ferry from Pembroke Docks, to the pretty port of Rosslare. If you book to go to Ireland early you can get some great deals on ferry travel, which is how we travel when we are in our Campervan.

From Rosslare we have travelled south down the coast, stopping at picturesque sandy beaches, and ‘wild camping’ in the beautiful countryside, to the character full city of Cork, with its Cathedral and multi coloured houses a tiny snippet of all the city has to offer. We have often visited the historic town of Lismore, on the way, to see St. Carthage Cathedral and Lismore Castle, and take a walk down the Blackwater River, stopping for some fishing. Other great walks in the area include the breathtaking V valley and The Towers magical woodland trail, 3 miles outside of the City. We once went on a fishing boat from County Cork to the Cow Island, an tiny island, completely deserted, apart from cows. It was very pretty with sandy beaches, covered in millions of tiny shells surrounded by lovely warm sea. We were picked up after a couple of hours of exploring to go sea fishing- we eventually caught some Mackerel and cooked and ate it for tea!

Other great places to visit include the market town of Macroom and beautiful Kilarney with its National park and the Lough Leane. Southern Ireland has a multitude of beautiful destinations, from rolling hills and spectacular lakes and rivers in the countryside, to gorgeous beaches, and fascinating towns and cities, not to mention lovely locals! My tip to you… just go and Discover Ireland!

Rebekah Lopez Co-Director, Sussex Campers and Campervanning Mum