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Narin

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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

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Bunmahon wild camping spot

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Jenny Halls Camping Trip to Ireland

Day 1

Monday 16th

The journey begins:

Left Poole at 10.20 am and stopped at the services on the Wales side of the Severn Bridge. £6.10 toll charge. Arrived at Freshwater East Caravan Club site £9.95 per night after following the sat nav instruction through narrow single track lanes, at 5 pm. Cup of tea and dinner at 7pm. Feeling exhausted, travelled 242miles.

Day 2

Tuesday 17th

Overnight was strong winds and heavy rain. The sunshone at 7 am, albeit still very windy. Walked down to look at the beach area, windy and rough.  Arrived at Fishguard at 11.45 having travelled 31 miles. Ferry 2.30pm. Saw my first swallow of the year at the harbour. Due to arrive at Rosslare at 6 pm, however, as the crossing was so rough, the captain detoured and took us north which meant we came down alongside Ireland, landing and disembarking at 6.45 pm.

Arrived at site Ferrybank, Wexford at 7.15 pm, having travelled 15 miles. No one in reception, paid in Leisure Centre, only our two vans on the site which would take approximately 70. It is a very tired site and could be made good, however, the current Manager has only just taken over, and it is not now council owned. £22.00 a night (which I suppose if you were a family of four/six would be good value, but for one, extortionate) also 2 euro for a five minute shower - even I did not indulge in this!!!! Very tired, heavy rain, and very windy night, bit spooky, exhausted.

Day 3

Wednesday 18th

Awoke to partial blue sky and left site at 10.15.am. We travelled northward on N11, M11 to Arklow, Stopped at a Woollen Mill, then A747 up to Rathdrum to pick up the Military Road which runs on the R115 up through the Wicklow Mountains, to the suburbs of Dublin, then back via M50, M11, N11. Very narrow over the mountain range, there was snow atop the highest mountain. Toll fee for M50 3 euro which we paid over the phone. One small shower and the sun shone through the cloud. Arrived back at 5.15, site still empty, and the code to access the barrier had been changed during the day!!!

Total Camping Ireland trip to Donegal & Sligo April 2012

The trip started badly when awful weather, rain & driving winds delayed us leaving for 2 days. However on the morning of the 28th of April I was greeted by a lovely sunny morning. I got the TCI bus packed up (a 1991 VW T25) with all the usual supplies & Woolly my dog  then picked up a friend & drove straight to Bundoran in Co Donegal, a good 3 hour trip from Dublin.

Once we had enjoyed a surf on the beautiful beach of Tullan it was time to find a spot to camp for the night. Although the weather was sunny it was quite cold & as the evening set in the temp was only around 5- 6 degrees so we decided against wild camping at Mullaghmore Quay which is only a short drive from Bundoran. Instead I tried the Bundoran Motorhome stopover which in the past had been a cheap & convenient place to park up but it seems NAMA now own the stopover & they do not seem to be interested in the camping business as the gates were locked. I have since taken their details off TCI. So instead we stayed in The Star of The Sea Caravan Park. This park is well situated overlooking the beach in Bundoran & is only minutes from the town centre. There is power, water, toilets & showers which are very clean- the price was 25 euro for the van & 2 guests. We were even treated to a beautiful sunset over the Donegal Bay from the window of the bus. As far as I can tell this is the only park in Bundoran where a touring van can stay.

The following day we decided to take a drive north to the small village of Narin. The journey which started off quiet pleasantly soon almost ended in disaster when the clip holding the folding roof down on the T25 snapped off mid journey. The folding roof flew up but luckily I managed to pull over without any further damage to the bus or any unfortunate car behind us. The next 15 miles drive to Donegal town was interesting as my colleague in the passenger seat had to hold the roof down himself. We were blessed to find a hardware shop open in Donegal town on a Sunday which stocked ratchet straps (& they were only 1.99 each). Donegal town by the way is a lovely town centred around an old square with lots to see & do for tourists.

An hour later we reached Narin a village overlooking a beautiful beach & island. We stayed here at Boyles Caravan Park- the price was 20 euro for the van & 2 guests. This Park is set among sand dunes & it's touring area was very protected from the gale force northerly wind which was howling. It has power, water, toilets & showers which are in good order. There is also a fine looking golf course next door.

 

The next morning we took a spin to the other side of this head land & park up in Tramore camping park. This park has adequate facilities including tennis courts but it's real selling point is it's location overlooking a fabulous beach & bay. There isn’t really anything else nearby this site & I would say it’s perfect for families with children who don’t want to be worrying where the kids are every 2 minutes.

After a relaxing night at Tramore we drove south to Strandhill & stayed in the Strandhill Caravan Park- the price was 24 euro for the van & 2 guests. This is definitely one of my favourite spots to stay in Ireland. The site itself in situated in among sand dunes with a beautiful beach out front & fantastic mountain views out back. The facilities are good with toilets, showers, wash rooms & outdoor lighting. Strandhill itself is a buzzing little seaside village with lots going on. Check out the picture of the sun set we were able to look out at while sipping a beer…. What camping trips are all about?

Until the next trip.

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