Ireland Gets An Aire De Service

One of the best things about touring France in a motorhome is the ready availability of cheap – or free – serviced stopover points.

Known as Aire de Service, these rest areas usually have basic facilities (water, sewage and perhaps electric hookups) and allow motorhomes, campervans and RVs to park for no more than a nominal fee for each night. Many are free, although finding these can be difficult (the Aires you see signposted from the Autoroutes are sometimes just standard motorway rest areas!).

Now it seems that the success of Aires in Europe has caused Ireland to start experimenting with them. The first Aire de Service in Ireland has just opened in Askeaton, County Limerick. The local authorities believe it will encourage visitors to patronise local restaurants and shops and should attract visitors to the region. Askeaton’s Aire is a proper motorhome service point, offering all the water and waste facilities you need for an overnight stop.

Incidentally, the easiest way to find all the best Aires in France is to by the definitive book on the subject: All the Aires – France. It details more than 1100 stopping points suitable for motorhomes, campervans and (in some cases) RVs all over France, including 600 inspected locations which guarantee a certain level of facilities/quality.

2 thoughts on “Ireland Gets An Aire De Service

  • July 21, 2009 at 9:09 am
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    Hi I would be greatful if you could update the above artical. All the Aires France is now in 2nd edition and now has 1600 listings, 1300 having been inspected and photographed.
    A very important point to note is that CARAVANS CAN NOT USE THESE FACILITIES! This is because the law forbids them. People can find out more and buy the new book here http://www.go-motorhoming.co.uk/all-the-aires.htm
    Thanks Chris

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    • July 21, 2009 at 9:21 am
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      Hi Chris,

      Thanks for your feedback. I can’t imagine what prompted me to put caravans in this article – I know they aren’t allowed!

      Instead of updating this post I will publish a new one announcing the new edition of All the Aires France.

      Regards, Roland

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