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Bundoran

By David Lonergan

Surfs up at Tullan Strand

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Tramore

By David Lonergan

The view from Tramore Camping Park in Donegal

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Strandhill camping Park

By David Lonergan

Mountain view from Strandhill Caravan Park

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Donegal Campsites

Donegal Campsites

Strandhill

By David Lonergan

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Star Of the Sea Caravan Park

Star Of the Sea Caravan Park

Donegal

Star of the Sea Caravan Park

By David Lonergan

Address: Star of the Sea Caravan & Camping Park Contact Phone: 087 2584821 Directions: Coast Road in Bundoran opposite the…

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Narin Caravan Park

Narin Caravan Park

Donegal

Narin

By David Lonergan

Address: Narin Caravan Park- Portnoo Contact Phone: 074 9545131 Email: Directions: This park is adjacent to Portnoo Golf Links  …

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Boyles Caravan & Camping Park

Boyles Caravan & Camping Park

Donegal

Sunshine in Narin

By David Lonergan

Address: Boyles Caravan & Camping Park Contact Phone: 086 8523131 Email: Directions: Take R261 off the N56 to Narin ,…

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Almost the end of the trip

By David Lonergan

The culprit leading to the broken roof

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Bunmahon wild camping spot

Bunmahon wild camping spot

nice beach views

By David Lonergan

Wild camping spot at West end os Bunmahon beach

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Bunmahon wild camping spot

Bunmahon wild camping spot

car park for wild camping

By David Lonergan

get here early for a good spot

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Inchadonney in West Cork

Inchadonney in West Cork

west Cork surfing

By David Lonergan

close to Clonakility

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Copper coast camping

Copper coast camping

Caseys Bayview Camping Park

By David Lonergan

Dungarvan camping

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sun set in Tramore

sun set in Tramore

fantastic Camping Park

By David Lonergan

what a view from my camper in Tramore Camping park

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How to Select and Buy Leisure Batteries by Alpha Batteries

Whether you are an occasional camper or more of a committed off-grid, outdoors type, leisure batteries are vital if you want to have access to power when you most need it. Picking the right model for your needs can be a bit of a minefield, especially with so many products on the market, so here’s our quick guide to hassle free buying to ensure you get the right battery to suit your needs. 

What is Your Current Battery?

First off, a simple solution is to check what battery you are currently using and find a similar replacement by searching online. This is the perfect option if your needs are being currently being met and the model you have has just reached the end of its natural life. Another choice is to check the specs and search for similar models and makes to find the best deal.

You might, however, not be happy with your current leisure battery and want to replace it either because it’s not the right size or doesn’t provide enough power for your needs. In which case, you should measure the battery space and find a model that fits that particular area. Especially if you are finding yourself having to replace a battery regularly or need to recharge too often, it could be that you are not getting the right amount of power for your requirements.

What Does Your Leisure Battery Need to Provide?

A lot will depend on whether you use the battery for occasional trips or need something a little longer lasting and with more power. If you are spending a good deal of time out on the road or are going on frequent longer breaks, then you will want something with more power and charge life. The choice comes down to whether you buy a dual-purpose leisure battery or a semi-traction leisure battery.

Dual-Purpose Leisure Batteries

If you are into the occasional trip and just need something to provide power for a couple of days or so, when you pop out in your caravan or head off with your motorboat, a dual-purpose leisure battery is cost effective and will do the job you need it to do. There are a few different ranges of battery to suit most budgets but if you want something that is reliable choosing a slightly more expensive option is a good idea. Well-known brands for these kind of leisure batteries are Platinum and Lucas.

Semi-Traction Leisure Batteries

If you spend more time on the road and want something that is going to stand the test of time and has a good deal of charging capacity, you definitely need to opt for a semi-traction leisure battery. These are designed to be used for longer trips but are more expensive. For those who need regular power, however, it is the most cost effective solution in the long term. They recharge about 50% more before needing to be replaced than standard dual-purpose leisure batteries. Well-known and reliable brands are Trojan, Banner, Exide and Varda.

Choice of leisure battery depends on a trade-off between cost and efficiency that meet your requirements. You will also need to buy a reliable battery charger too if you don’t already have one. It helps to be aware of some of the terminology if you are not technologically minded. First of all, most leisure batteries now come in 12 Volt models. The key measure is the Amperes per Hour or AH which gives an indication of the number of hours that a battery will give for a single charge. The bigger the battery, the bigger the AH. The other measure is the Cold Cranking Amps rating which is only a useful guide if you need your battery to start an engine – if you do, go for a high CCA rating.

Author Oliver Carding

Total Camping trip to Westport - May 2014

Day 1- we set off late from Dublin & the plan was to drive as far as the Croagh Patrick Camping Park for our first night. Unfortunately asfter a long journey (bank holiday Friday traffic) it turned out the Camping Park was still closed for the season. Rather than searching for another camping park in the area we decided to wild camp at Old Head pier close to Old Head Wood. This small pier is set overlooking Clew Bay with a beautiful beach beside it. Along with another small Campervan we enjoyed a calm night overlooking the Bay.

Day 2 – We set off on the Murrisk Loop an enjoyable walk through the base of the mountain over Murrisk Village. After this loop we decided to give the Croagh Patrick summit a go. It would be fair to say we underestimated the challange of this climb & did not bring enough water or food - be warned. The climb is tough going with loose scree the entire journey but the sense of acievement once we made the top was fantastic. Over all it took around 3.30 hours of hard going.

After this great walk we had food in The Tavern which served out fantastic food and provided the fuel I needed for the drive back to Westport House.

Day 3- We spent nights 2 & 3 in Westport House Camping Park. This Park has fantastic facilities for campers, great toilets , clean up area, showers etc. The staff are very helpful & the site is run with good efficiency. This is a site dedicated to campers with children with a whole host of on site activities to keep the kids entertained.I would recommend this park for families but if you are a couple looking for a secluded night away it may be a little too busy.

We set up camp beside some friends who were also camping in Westport House. As we were staying for 2 night the awning was put up, chairs & table were put out & the BBQ was thrown on.

Day 4 – The next day was spent exploring the beautiful beaches in this part of Ireland & sampling the great pubs and restaurants in Westport town,

Till the next time

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Total Camping trip to Co Donegal - July 2013

Day 1- we set off late from Dublin & the plan was to drive as far as Rossnaulagh & wild camp for the night. We arrived around 10.30 & I did notice that there were plenty of campervans wild camping in the area….. far more than I would usually see in the spot. We wild camped in the car park which seems to be acceptable. There are toilets, water & a cold shower if you are feeling brave. After a early surf we had some breakfast & hit the road. The reason for the large amount of campers soon became apparent when we notices the hundreds of English flags on the country road … the annual Orange Order parade was just about to take place. Most people on the route gave us a few cheerful waves & we hit the road.

Day 2 – after a long drive to Burton Port (give your selves plenty of time, the distance on the map is deceiving) we took the campervan on the ferry over to Arranmore Island. We spent the day exploring & finished it off with a nice BBQ & a few pints. A young musician was playing ....Sean Gallagher from Spiddal and I have to say he was amazing. You could ask him to play pretty much any song & he would belt it out… if you happen to see he playing I would recommend catching him. We wild camped on the beach close to the pier which was lovely….. no facilities though.

Day 3- We caught the early ferry back to the main land & made our way south to one of my favourite Irish areas Narin & Portnoo. This area is spectacular and relatively undiscovered, although there were a good crowd of people on Narin beach enjoying the sunshine. We stayed in Narin Caravan Park which has good clean facilities , including a coffee shop. I think all they are missing is a full web page on Total Camping J .

Day 4 – This was spent hanging out on Tramore Beach & Camping in Tramore Camping Park. What can I say about this Park – well maybe the fact that is very close to being my number 1 Camping Park in Ireland…. that should say everything. Beautiful views, great facilities & a pleasant cliental … what more could you ask for. Just make sure to bring supplies as it is well off the beaten track……..but maybe that’s why I like it so much,

Till the next time

Dave

early morning Rossnaulagh

early morning Rossnaulagh

early morning Rossnaulagh

By David Lonergan

Rossnaulagh before the crows decended

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Wild camping Rossnaulagh

Wild camping Rossnaulagh

Rossnaulagh car Park

By David Lonergan

The car park in Rossnaulagh is perfect for a spot of wild camping........just be sure to have a pint in…

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Wild camping Rossnaulagh

Wild camping Rossnaulagh

plent of space for wild campers

By David Lonergan

Other campers enjoying a spot of wild camping at Rossnaulagh

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Arranmore

Arranmore

Undiscovered Arranmore

By David Lonergan

exploring Arranmore is a great way to spend a day

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The View

The View

lovely views in every direction

By David Lonergan

looking back at the main land from Arranmore

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wonderful Narin

wonderful Narin

crystal water in Narin & Portnoo

By David Lonergan

what can you say about this view ..........wow

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Get Your Glamp On

If you are fed up of going to the same old campsites, pitching up your tent, and roughing it for a week, why not try a spot of glamping instead? It offers you all the great things of a camping holiday, but with a wow factor added in as well. Whether you are opting to stay in a teepee, gypsy caravan, safari tent, bell tent, or yurt, you are sure to be blown away when you arrive at your accommodation as each offers a unique and interesting holiday experience where you can be close to nature but without a roll out mat or blow up bed in sight! There is nothing quite like waking up in the morning in one of these magical places as it feels like you have been transported to a different world. Decorative, interesting, comfortable and unusual are just a few words to describe glamping experiences, and why would you want to miss out on that? Ireland has some fantastic glamping site to enjoy, so pick your preffered dwelling, choose your location, and enjoy! 

Teepees

Teepees originate from North America, and they are very simple yet impressive structures. They are essentially made up of a set of very long poles which stack up together into a central point high above the middle of the teepee, with a canvas cover spread around the outside. The feeling you get in one of these superb places is almost indescribable, as when you look up you can see straight up to the sky giving you the feeling of being very in touch with the outside world. Some teepees are decorated in a Native American style with beautiful tribal paintings on the canvas, and this can be particularly exciting for children to experience.

Yurts

Yurts originate from Mongolia, where they have been lived in for thousands of years in a virtually unchanged design. These very unusual structures are made from a wooden lattice, wooden roof poles, and a large crown in the middle of the roof which allows you to gaze into the sky. The wooden frame is the surrounded by various layers of felt, and canvas with a decorative cover on the front. There is something extremely invigorating about ‘living in the round’ and many historic tribe cultures believe that it is a very spiritual shape for a dwelling, mirroring the shapes of the earth and creating inner harmony. When you step into a yurt or teepee, it is hard to deny that it does have a very special feeling. Almost every indigenous nomadic culture has lived in round buildings of some type, from teepees and yurt to igloos and kivas, they all maintain this spiritual sense of being close to nature.

Gypsy Caravan

The so called gypsy caravan has seen something of a revival in the last 10 years, as people have begun to utilize them for glampers to enjoy. These fantastically ornate and comfortable caravans are based on the ones used by Romany travelers in the 19th century, and they definitely have a wow factor. They were originally horse drawn carriages, and some are decked out with the most ornate wooden carvings imaginable. If you are looking for a romantic weekend away, then a stay in a gypsy caravan could be the perfect option, combining the excitement and interest of the glamping experience with the cosy warm interior of this age old caravan.

Bell Tents

Bell tents are becoming increasingly popular at glamping sites, and they offer visitors the chance to get really close to nature and experience a camping holiday but without the worry of having to purchase, transport, and set up their own tent. They are a clean, simple, and inexpensive way to get out and experience the great outdoors. The canvas tent is supported by a single pole in the middle, and inside there is a light and airy feeling which is particularly enjoyable when you wake up in the morning.

Tree Houses

You may be under the impression that tree houses are just for children to play in, but you would be wrong. Some of the most fantastic glamping experiences can be found in a luxury tree house setting. These magnificent structures come in all shapes and sizes, with some being located just above ground level and others being high up in the tree canopy. There is no better way to experience a slice of nature than by spending a week in a house build around a tree! It is always a good idea to ensure that you have adequate travel insurance if you are planning to stay in one of these incredible dwellings, because you can never be too careful with your possessions. You certainly would not want to drop your phone or camera from the balcony of your tree house, as it is likely to end up broken. You also have to keep in mind that you may need to climb a ladder, steep ramp, or cross a bridge to get into your tree house, and this has the potential for minor injuries if you are not careful. 

Big thanks again to Melissa Hathaway for another great blog

Melissa Hathaway camping blog for Clare

Pure Camping Bliss

If you are looking to get back in touch with nature and enjoy some time in the spectacular Irish countryside, a trip to Pure Camping is definitely in order. This family run campsite is gaining quite a reputation with visitors as they seem to fall in love with the place upon arrival and are busy planning when they can come to visit again, before they have even finished their first holiday! So what is it about Pure Camping that people are so in love with? Is it the tranquil natural surroundings, the warm and friendly atmosphere, the superb yoga lessons, or the fabulous local area? Well, in truth it is the combination of all those things.

The site itself caters for campers bringing their own tents as well as those who wish to stay in the beautiful and luxurious bell tents. These bell tents are located in the main field, near the large geodesic dome which is there for guests to use as a dry communal area. The wild camping area comes complete with kitchen area, kids playground, and a shower and an ecological shower and toilet block. The entire site is well kept and as natural as could be, and it is part of a 10 acre woodland that the owners are tending to. This location couldn’t be further away from the hustle and bustle of some of the larger campsites on the popular tourist routes, and you don't need to pay a fortune for this privilege. Although backpacker travel insurance remains essential wherever you are going, ensuring you are covered for all eventualities throughout your trip, you can be sure that you and your possessions will be safe here, as this place is about as laid back and friendly as they come, with everyone looking out for each other. If you want to enjoy Pure Camping to its fullest extent, you simply have to take a yoga lesson with Trea.

County Clare Activities

Although Pure Camping is a wonderful place to wind away the days, no visit to the County Clare would be complete without a getting out and about to some of its best attractions. The region is bursting with natural wonders and fascinating historic sites, and the biggest trouble you will find here is how you are going to fit everything in. Bunratty Castle is one of the most magnificent architectural structures to be found in the whole of Ireland, originally built in 1425, it has been carefully restored to its former glory and furnished with authentic medieval items. From the moment you arrive in the grounds of Folk Park, to the time you leave the huge fortress gates, you will be taken on a spectacular journey into Irish history. Whilst on the subject of history, a visit to Clare County Museum is also a must for history lovers, as a walk around this lovely museum will reveal the secrets of old from this fascinating part of the country. The museum is located in an old convent, and houses the De Valera Museum collection which has been loaned from the National Museum of Ireland.

Natural Wonders

One of the primary reasons for visitors to chose County Clare is that its natural beauty and drama is almost unsurpassed. One of the most visited natural attractions in the region are the Cliffs of Moher, which are an 8km range of cliffs facing the Atlantic Sea that reach up to a height of 214 meters high. One of the best attractions to enjoy at the site is a trip up the tower to see the magnificent views including Galway Bay, the Aran Islands, the Maum Turk Mountains, Loop Head, and The Twelve Pins. There is also a new visitor centre located here that offers an interpretive centre, Atlantic Edge, and some other fantastic visitor facilities. You can even take advantage of a free guided tour which will give you some interesting insights into the history of the area and some geographical knowledge of the views you are enjoying. After witnessing the views from the Cliffs of the Moher, you can your way to Doolin to experience a completely different natural wonder, the 6 mile cave passages which were discovered in 1952. The caves are family friendly, and the best way to explore them is by taking a guided tour which leaves regularly during holiday periods, and one of the highlights of the tour is when you reach the Main Chamber and everyone is asked to turn their lights off in order to experience complete darkness.

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