I'm planning a road trip around Ireland later this year. My route plan is completely joined up and booked apart from one night where I can't get somewhere to stay. Is there anything to stop me (laws or local customs) stopping me from parking up and either pitching a tent somewhere quiet at the side of the road, or sleeping the back of my car? It's an estate with plenty of space for a sleeping bag with the seats down, not curled up in the passenger seat!

In England and Wales pitching a tent outside of a specified campsite is frowned upon but sleeping in a car you can usually get away with if you're away from main roads/angry farmers - is Ireland any different?

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    Parking a car at the side of the road is not really 'wild camping'.
    – vclaw
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 11:32
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    Possible duplicate of Where is wild camping possible in Europe?
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 19:50
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    The suggested duplicate only partially answers the tent part of this question but not the car one, therefore I suggest to leave this question open.
    – mts
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 21:19
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    I don't think closing this as a duplicate of a very broad question, with somewhat inconsistent answers is a good idea. Especially as by the side of the road and "wild camping" are not necessarily synonymous.
    – CMaster
    Commented Apr 26, 2016 at 8:56
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    The UK mainland statement in the question is not entirely true. It is correct as regards to England and Wales, but in Scotland, there is a right to roam and wild camping is permitted, with some restrictions.
    – CMaster
    Commented Apr 26, 2016 at 8:57

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Camping wild is illegal but tolerated, as in Wales & England (here, here and here). Sleeping in your car is legal (here).


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