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Visitor Reviews - Sandylands Holiday Park ( Parkdean Resorts )

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Sandylands Holiday Park ( Parkdean Resorts )
James Miller Crescent
Auchenharvie Park
Ayrshire   (Browse area)
KA21 5JN   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 0843 309 2591

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Open: 21 March To 31 Oct

Rating: Average Review Score: 6/10 from 12 Reviews
              6/10 from 12 Reviews

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Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Fred Stubber 8 reviews from this member

The touring site is next to the railway line and the noise was quite disturbing.

The noise from the entertainment centre was horrendous.

We were told to go on Pitch 9 but the girl (who was very nice and friendly but somehow seemed a bit apologetic) explained that the pitches weren't really marked, 'so just go anywhere you can find a space. ' In fact people were just pitching anywhere; far too close for fire safety. We pitched about 6 metres from the nearest unit but before long someone else squeezed into the gap, so there wasn't room to get our disability scooter between the units. Really dangerous if there was a fire, having units crammed in like this. It might be relevant that our neighbours were Irish itinerants of some sort. They turned out to be nice people but I wonder if the site was afraid to make them space their units out properly.

We weren't given the disabled toilet key when we checked in despite me saying we had a disabled person.

There was no tap for filling the tanks by hose, so I had to stand there holding the hose onto a chrome tap with no means of attaching a hose.

The chip shop was good.

The whole place was was full of chavvy people; huge women overflowing all over their little disability scooters as they gobbled their chips and smoked their fags; dirty children running riot.

There is nothing at all in the surround area of interest or value. The three towns are utterly depressing.

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Chrisp86 4 reviews from this member

We arrived at Sandylands Late on a Thursday night and were greeted by the security guards who signed us in and directed us to our pitch- which was very helpful.

The next morning we were able to take stock of where we were staying, and the best description I can use is caravancatraz.

There is a playground, a swimming pool and an arcade type area.

The touring pitches are situated at the very back of the site alongside a very high fence immediately next to the railway line (this could possibly be considered a plus- as a well timed leap from the window of a moving train a train could well land you on the roof of your tourer of campervan- making its transport links ideal for some.

It is also next to the maintenance yard with rubble, bins, broken furniture etc strewn about and all in plain view.

The pitches are very small and very crammed in- the only hardstanding pitch available had faulty electric hookup so we ended up in a 'camping' pitch. I really feel sorry for anyone who has to try and put a tent up on this ground as I estimate its hardness to be at least that of Granite- we bent multiple pegs attempting to pitch our mini tent/awning.

It is situated between the railway line, a large transport yard and a golfcourse down a long drive through the back of a housing estate, with possibly the most vicious speedbumps I have ever encountered.

Whilst the toilet block must be relatively new, the floor in the gents was permanently wet and muddy for the duration of our visit. I found it was best to time shower tactically when everyone else had gone to bed to ensure good water pressure. One evening there was no loo roll in the stalls- it appears to be a preference instead to spread it all over the floor.

Our nights sleep was frequently disturbed by the passing coal trains, also the entertainment was very, very loud.

As an aside, if you are feeling lazy one morning but fancy a cooked breakfast- there is a Morrisons and a Wetherspoons close by. The breakfast on site are best avoided being both overpriced and exceptionally poor.

Cigarette butts EVERYWHERE- quite a lot of litter especially around the toilet block

So overall at best a poor show, could not recommend this site to anyone.

Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: LBaker 2 reviews from this member

We booked a pitch for one night in a motor home.

The site is next to a beach but situated in the middle of an industrial park.

The site is very clean and the staff very friendly and helpful.

However the site is very similar to a Butlins holiday camp but with static caravans, so if this is not what you want then its better to avoid it.

Also the pitch they gave us was a few meters from a busy railway track so we had the sound of trains thundering by all night. There had been a fight the night before we arrived between two of the holidaymakers staying in the static caravans which resulted in a man sadly losing his life so a lot of the facilities had been closed. The police were still on site carrying out forensic investigations so the beach road was closed as well. This did not affect us as we were intending to depart early the next morning but it would have been nice to have been able to sleep.

Date of Visit: September 2010 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: Prettynice 1 review from this member

We hired the caravan from a friend, we went for a long weekend. The park itself was very quiet except on the Friday but just the usual people going home after being in the club. We didn't go to the club as night as they wanted 7 per night or 35 for the week, it would have been to costly for the 3 of us so we went in through the day. There's still two pool tables but they don't have smaller cues for the kids which would benefit them better. The swimming pool was open but we couldn't get in due to not buying the passes but there is swimming pool and ice skating not far, I'd say 5 minute walk, but its not free. The railway is a put off but you get used to it.

The staff were very friendly. The play park could be bigger, there's no longer the kids football play area that's now got caravans on it, so a great loss for the kids. The chip shop food is nice. The laundrette is great if you want to get your washing done and not want to have all the washing when you get home. With a few small tweaks it could be better

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Static Rating:
Reviewer: Afcbian 2 reviews from this member

Stayed here just really to use as a base for visiting family in Kilmacolm (40mins away).

Stayed with Park Resorts in a bronze 6 caravan.

Caravan was brilliant but we did have a cooker with an oven that wouldn't work. The staff & security guards were great. We eventually got upgraded to a bronze 8 caravan, after several attempts were made to fix the oven. They also offered us some free fun passes for our family visitors to use the swimming pool.

The drive up to Sandylands is on the back of a housing estate, golf course, industrial units & the (old?) football grounds. There is wired fencing surrounding the entire park and it doesn't look very appealing. Some reviews say there is a security gated entrance to Sandylands-i never saw this.

The childs park is right by the entrance to Sandylands but I expect this is because the play park is right next to the entertainment centre. I wasn't so keen on it being right next to the road entrance to the park.

A lot of the park appeared to be privately owned caravans. It is a very sparse looking caravan park & could do with some trees/bushes around the park perimeter & planting to cheer it up. There are no sea views at all from the caravan park, because first you have to go over the railway bridge, then the dunes, to get to the sea.

The railway track runs right in front of the caravan park but there is a huge wired fence protecting you. The trains do run throughout the day up to 1130pm. However I was quite surprised that they were quite quiet when they passed, apart from the odd freight train. My kids loved seeing the trains go past though!

We didn't use any of the evening entertainment, so can't comment on that. We did however use the indoor swimming pool. Ok, the pool was cold (not what I'd call heated) but you got used to it, although we couldn't stay in it for long.

They did provide inflatables for the kids to play with. There are lockers by the poolside for you to put your clothes in etc. I can only comment on the female changing rooms(2 showers, toilets & washbasins) The toilets were filthy & the showers looked. They really need a re-vamp! The indoor heated pool was like an outdoor pool with a metal shed over it.

We went towards the end of the Scottish summer season(kids back at school) & were told it was busy but the caravan park felt very quiet.

Not sure I would ever want to camp at this site as you are right next to a train track. The shop looked well stocked & the launderette must have been good as it was very busy.

Overall it was a quiet holiday base for us to visit family & the kids loved staying in the caravan. It just all looked a bit grey. It just needs a bit more TLC, landscaping & trees/bushes planted (instead of looking at grey wired fencing).

Shame the pool was cold when we visited & the swimming facs were poor but it's a great base to visit Ayshire. We loved Ayr itself. It has super beaches & a great kids beach front park (even the adults enjoyed the park).Oh & you can get free parking right along the sea front for 3 hours!

The staff were very welcoming and friendly.

Date of Visit: July 2010 Unit:  Static Rating:
Reviewer: Podge68 7 reviews from this member

We have just come back from a weeks holiday at Sandylands. We collected tokens out of a popular newspaper and was given this camp site as one of our choices. We chose to extend our stay but not upgrade due to the price shooting up already to over 300! Not a cheap holiday anymore!

And where shall I start? On a plus side our caravan was really nice, all basic home comforts, nice and clean, and plenty big enough for a family of 6. I think I may have had the same caravan as a previous reviewer, as our keys did not open both doors and they looked like they had been forced open on occasion (very flimsy locks). The downside being no mention of the railway that runs alongside the park, both passenger trains and huge long coal trains, 21 carriages long! Day and Night and no I did not get used to it.

The staff were very friendly, always trying to help and offer advice.The entertainment team were not the best but tried their hardest. All the staff members seem to do more than one job on site, one of the security men fixed our boiler then checked our passes then collected our empties! They work really hard.

The bridge over to the beach was handy but not buggy friendly so be aware if you have very young children. The beach was extremely dirty, fly tipping obvious, lots of litter and not one you could spend the day on.

The swimming pool was very warm but very busy, and on one occasion we could not swim only walk about due to the amount of bodies in there. They do operate a band system, but allow too many people in at a time. No individual changing rooms in the womans or mens, only a communal space, so if you're shy it may not be for you.

The shop was stocked with the essentials but a little pricey, however their is a Morrisons just down the road if you want more value. The chip shop was great, very friendly staff and good prices too.

The children's play area is very small for the amount of children on site and mine never stayed for long due to it being busy and older children using it also.

Saltcoats is a small town with plenty of shops and a little market. Lots of pubs about but they did not appear family friendly. It does seem a little run down with borded up shops and a few drunks hanging around (during the day).

We did get out and about and therefore it made a good base. Heads of Ayr farm park was great for the whole family at a reasonable cost and Dean Castle in Kilmarnock was FREE! We spent more time on Troon beach which was a 15 minute drive and was really clean and has a larger town.

Down side to the campsite, DOGS! Both myself and 2 children all stood in doggy poop, one area smelt really bad and I was worried when they were playing football and rolling around in the grass what they may come home covered in. The Family room was really busy and not enough seats, there is a sports bar but not what the children want, and there was an over 18's bar which we never saw open. The arcade was very busy and hot.

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