Staycation Eire 2022: New code lists dos and don’ts of tenting in Donegal


Camping has become increasingly popular with people in the North West, and more and more people are choosing scenic DOegal as a place to pitch their tents or park their RV.

Donegal County Council’s Cathaoirleach, Liam Blaney, has introduced the new code of conduct to help campers enjoy their visit to Donegal this summer whilst protecting the county.

Developed on the basis of recommendations from a study commissioned by the Council in 2021, the new code was drafted in collaboration with campers, motorhome users, businesses and local communities.

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Cllr Liam Blaney, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council pictured launching the Campervan Protocol at Rathmullan. In the photo are Peter and Tinie Bertrand (campervan owners from the Netherlands), Amanda McNamee (Project Officer), Garry Martin, Director of Economic Development, Emergency Services and Information Systems and Annmarie Conlon, Head of Economic Development (NW Newspix). see.

“It encourages visitors to plan ahead, book ahead and be aware of their surroundings.

The Code is one of the resources available on for campers, RV and campervan users, especially those unfamiliar with the area.

“This site includes a new section dedicated to camping and includes information on overnight parking options, local amenities including restaurants and attractions, banking and waste disposal facilities.

Farb Blaney said: “We look forward to welcoming the many camping visitors back to Donegal this summer and we hope this new code and the information provided on the GoVisitDonegal website will help campers to enjoy their time in Donegal.

Cllr Liam Blaney, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, pictured launching the Campervan Protocol with Annmarie Conlon, Head of Economic Development, and Garry Martin, Director of Economic Development, Emergency Services and Information Systems, Donegal County Council (NW Newspix)

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Anne Marie Conlon, head of economic development at Donegal County Council, said the code was developed in collaboration with various groups including Fáilte Ireland, Motorhome Ireland, Camping Ireland, Donegal Camping and Caravan Park Association and the Irish Caravan and Camping Council “and I” I want to acknowledge them and thank them for their time and effort.”

Advice on the code of conduct includes:

* Only park where permitted to ensure you do not exceed your allowance.

* Keep noise to a minimum in the evening, both inside and outside.

*Leave no trace and take all rubbish with you – use drop off banks and recycling facilities.

*Use on-site disposal systems at your camp accommodation or at Aire de Service stops for waste water – do not use public toilets, waterways or beaches for discharging waste water.

* Avoid starting fires/barbecues – enjoy Donegal’s indoor/outdoor dining options instead.

*Be careful not to drive/park on sand dunes, fields or other prohibited places.

* Avoid trespassing on private land unless permission has been granted.

*Close gates to protect livestock, keep all dogs on a leash.

* Give space to animals that roam our country roads.