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Our First Campervan Holiday

campervan-holiday2I picked up the campervan on Friday morning from Celtic Campervans. Been completely new to holidaying in a campervan I was keen to get out on the road. Stephen kindly showed me how the campervan was operated and gave me the full tour on where everything was inside. The campervan was a lot bigger on the inside and had all the amenities that I needed including, cooker, fridge, bathroom, shower, bunk beds, double bed, wardrobe and a seating area.

I picked up the kids from school, who were unaware of the weekend the wife and I had planned for them. The surprise and joy in their faces made the weekend for us. We headed down to Cork and parked up the campervan in Blarney Camping Site which had all the facilities needed to have a comfortable stay.

We brought the kids to see Jurassic Park that night in the cinema and the following day we travelled over to Fota Wildlife Park where the kids loved every minute of it.

I have to say we were really impressed by the comfort of the Campervan. It was our first family campervan trip and we now plan to have a campervan trip around the country each year. The campervan experience was new to us but we would highly recommend it. The campervan has absolutely everything you would need to have a comfortable and fun experience.

We would like to thank Celtic Campervans for looking after us, we have a load of happy family memories now of our first of many Campervan holidays. We would strongly recommend them for your campervan rental, top class.

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Damo and Ivor take on Ireland

The creators of Damo and Ivor, Andy and Jules took one of our motorhomes for the week and here’s what they got up to.

So we set off last week in our fantastic Celtic Campervan for a trip around Ireland to see the sites and work on our scripts for series 2 of our TV show ‘Damo & Ivor’. When we first came up with the idea to rock around Ireland in a campervan my first thought was ‘how will I wash my hair?!’ whereas Andy was thinking ‘I wonder if reverse on the gear stick is up or down?’ Well we had nothing to worry about as the campervan has a shower with hot water and reverse on the gear stick is up to the left incase you’re wondering.

We collected the van from Celtic Campervans and the lovely Stephen Bradshaw gave us a full tour and showed us how to use everything in it. It was way bigger in size than we’d even imagined and is kitted out with everything you’d need, a double bed, 2 single beds in bunks, table and seating area, wardrobe, gas grill and cooker, sink, toilet, shower, fridge and heater, pretty much a full gaff on wheels.  We hit the road with our Riverdance CD blaring away and headed to Co.Clare.  Once we had looked up the campsite guide book Stephen gave us we were sorted as it pinpoints all the places to stay over night. So we chose Doolin as our first port of call.  The campsites are great as they have an electrical point there that you hook up to so you can get additional power supply, they also have showers, toilets, kitchens, a mini shop and wifi etc.  You get most of that on the campervan, but it’s still nice to have it there on your doorstep.

The wind in Doolin was like your Grandad after 10 pints of Guinness and a bowl of Brussels sprouts. It was just the time of year though that made it feel like being on the deck of the ship on Deadliest Catch.  The next day we went to visit the Cliffs of Moher which are beautiful, if you’ve seen a postcard you’ll know they’re pretty much cliffs, but the gift shop there is printing money from the bus loads of yanks coming to see them.

We also visited the Birds of Prey centre at the Aillwee Caves.  This was the highlight of the trip. We went on a hawk walk with a falconer named James and he took us out with two hawks called Juan and Sinead and we put on the deadly leather glove thingy and the birds were let off and called back to land on our hands so we could feed them.  James is like a hawk whisperer and we were like two school kids asking him questions as we found them so fascinating. We also saw the birds of prey show and got to hold some other hawks and an owl. As part of your ticket you get admittance into the Aillwee Caves so we decided to have a look. Our tour guide was as much of a drip as the stalactites in the cave. The caves themselves are pretty shite, you’d have the same experience crawling through your own attic at home.

Next we headed off to Kerry and stayed in a campsite in Tralee, no wind there thank God. We drove the Ring of Kerry which was spectacular and great fun in the campervan as we were sitting up at a height and could see all the amazing scenery. We then moved on to Killarney and had a great night on the lash in the town with some mad Kerry lads we met in a pub who recognised Andy from the telly. Seriously sore heads the next day.  We did some more driving around Kerry as the beautiful sights are all around and then headed back to Dublin.  The campervan experience was truly epic and we’d highly recommend it.  You have everything you need on wheels and it’s really comfortable to live and cook in.

Next time we’re going to a festival the campervan is coming with for sure! Thanks Celtic Campervans for looking after us, we got loads of script-writing done and the craic was ninety! We’re very happy campers!

Here’s footage of the amazing adventure – The West of Ireland meets Damo and Ivor


St. Patricks Day

Clients of ours took a campervan around Ireland and posted this blog for St. Patricks Day. Some gorgeous shots of Ireland, scenery like no other country in the world. That’s why taking a motorhome around Ireland is so incredible, with different sights at every turn.
Ireland through Celtic Campervans clients


Planning the perfect Motorhome Holiday

Here are some helpful tips when planning the perfect motorhome holiday.

We are all feeling the pinch due to the recession; however that doesn’t mean family holidays have to be scrapped. By going on a motorhome holiday you can enjoy the freedom and relaxation you need without spending a fortune. Here we discuss the best ways to plan your motorhome holiday so that you can save money, stay safe, and enjoy your trip.

Make Sure you Book Early

By booking your motorhome holiday early you will be able to get the best deal and save on expenses such as the cost of caravan and camp sites. If you aren’t lucky enough to have your own motorhome you can easily hire one instead – but make sure you book early so you can get both the vehicle and the weeks you want for the price you can afford!

Always Be Prepared

It’s an age old saying, but preparation is truly important when planning a motorhome holiday. For instance, by organising your journey before you leave you will be able to avoid tragic, which will ultimately save you petrol. Also, instead of stopping for breaks at expensive service stations you could plan to visit small towns throughout your trip and eat at local cafes instead.

Motorhoming truly provides a sense of freedom and relaxation that no other type of holiday can provide.

Enter your dates into the booking engine and plan the holiday of a lifetime.

 



The Stirnimann family from Switzerland

Guido and Esthi and their 2 young sons enjoyed a motorhome holiday in Ireland in June.

Hi Stephen
We are back in the daily business. But the memories of our wonderful Ireland-Holidays are still alive!

Once again thank you for the warm welcome and the perfect care we got from you and your company.

We wish you a nice summer time, and who knows, perhaps we are coming back once again to Ireland. we love this country!

Best regards
Guido, Esthi with Levin and Timo

One of the scenic spots the Stirnimanns encountered on holiday in Ireland

Giving Dad a helping hand!

A nice spot to stop for a picnic

Levin and Timo have fun on the beach

The boys sleep it off after a hard day at the beach!


The Lazzerini family from France

Some more pictures sent to us by Joanne Lazzerini from France showing Clement 4 years old, Colin 2 years old taking a snooze while our youngest tourist this year 2 month old Lucas keeps an eye on his Dad’s driving.

Mum and Dad told us they all enjoyed their motorhome holiday in Ireland.

Clement, 4, and Colin, 2, take a snooze

2 month old Lucas keeps an eye on his Dad's driving

The Lazzerini family enjoyed their Celtic Campervan holiday


The Reinecke family from Germany

Philipp Reinecke and his family had a great holiday in a Celtic Campervan this July.

Dear Stephen,

As promised I send you pictures of our unforgettable and wonderful holiday.

Best regards
Philipp Reinecke

The Reinecke boys enjoy a snack in their Celtic Campervan

The Reinecke boys attend to their Celtic Campervan

Taking a break from playing rugby


The Reynaud family from France

Stephane Reynaud and his family enjoyed exploring Ireland in a Celtic Campervan in July.

Hi Stephen,
 
We all had a pleasant trip !!
 
I send to you some pictures with our kids and your CamperVans.
 
I contact you next year for antother trip !!
 
Best regards
Stephane

The Raynaud boys entertain themselves aboard their Celtic Campervan

The Raynaud boys try out the driving seat

One of the scenic spots the Raynaud family stopped by


Wolfgang and family from Austria photograph Ireland in a Celtic Campervan

Professional photographers Wolfgang and Roswitha Fuchs from Austria combined work with pleasure recently when they toured Ireland on a photo shoot with their young daughter.

Wolfgang and Roswitha with their daughter Jasmin

We are professional photographers from Austria. From Mid May until End of June we did visit Ireland for a photo-shooting. With Celtic Campervans we did find the perfect partner for our new production about Ireland which will be presented in whole Austria in February/March 2010 (www.wolfgang-fuchs.at).

Roswitha and Jasmin admiring a light house on route

For us it’s always the best way to travel by motorhome because we are very flexible, can stay at the photo-spots and wait for the best light.

 The Fuchs admire the coastal scenery

The motorhome was new and very comfortable – also for our 3-year old
daughter who did enjoy the trip and the wonderful weather we had.

Wolfgang and family encountered this ancient dolmen on their travels

We really can recommend travelling with Celtic Campervans.
Many thanks again to Stephen and our warmest greetings from Austria.
Wolfgang Fuchs and family

One of the stunning beaches Wolfgang and family discovered on their Celtic Campervan holiday