1st time to Kilbroney with the caravan, very nicely laid out site with hard standing serviced pitches. All the grass has suffered with a wet year, and vehicle tracks and awning marks are in abundance! All sites, that aren't near a beach, have suffered with the wet this year. (Hope they repair this in the winter. ) We were on the top row, word of warning, there is quite a fall to the pitch, not for the faint hearted!
Facilities are top notch, very clean, heated and modern, bit of a walk from the far pitches. Park is deadly quiet come nightfall, even for the middle of Sept it was busy. On site cafe, well run and quite reasonable.
Rostrrevor a lovley place. Walks in the forest just great. Will return before 5th Nov when it closes.
Good Points. Staff friendly, check-in was easy showers and toilet block clean, if a bit dated. Park itself was lovely, scenery and walks were excellent. Cafe was good, a bit expensive, local shops, pubs, take-aways a short walk away Good too see security on site, after 11oclock site was very quiet which we liked
Downside was the site we were on. This was our first time here, we were on a site that sloped badly. This site had metal posts around it and it was hard to reverse caravan into. Also we needed something to put against the wheel to stop from running down the hill, we eventually found some large stones. Our back jacks were fully extended and our van still sloped backwards. We were nervous about this. Also no where to put up awning that we needed for our two dogs. This ruined our time on the park, sites 34-40 all slope like this so be aware. Also very few sites are really suitable for awning.
We would go again if we had a better site and were able to put up our awning
My wife, our one year old and I stayed in Kilbroney in June 2012 for a weekend in our touring caravan. Kilbroney is a forest park situated in Rostrevor, an absolutely beautiful location just at the foot of the western side of the Mournes and on the shore of Carlingford Lough. It is such a great location for visiting the Mournes, Newcastle, Newry etc. Etc.
The campsite area is really well looked after and has some great facilities including a very good children's playpark, tennis courts, a cafe, bbq area and access to Kilbroney park itself. It's also only a short walk into Rostrevor too for all those supplies, pubs and take aways.
The check-in was nice and easy, but I should warn you you need £20 (think that is the correct figure) deposit for the keyfob for the barriers and toilets. We didn't have any cash, but they were happy enough to let us drop it around later.
Our pitch was in the lower part of the campsite which from their online map looked to be a bit quieter and less tightly packed than the rest of the park. This is true, however, it turned out to be in a section of the park which has no tarmacked road and is on a slight downhill slope. So I was slightly concerned about actually getting our caravan back out again if the rain we had on our first night had continued.
It turned out to be fine. They have laid a section of green plastic on the grass to give traction, but I suspect that might not be much good in the wet. Certainly when I book again I intend to book in the upper section instead, where it is all hard standings. It will also save the uphill walk to the loos. However, I wouldn't let it put you off if you cannot do that.
The facilities were also pretty decent. I can't remember if the showers were free or cost money, but they were pretty clean and most importantly hot.
My biggest concern, and it is not a major one, are the ramps leading up to the caravan site. They are very high and I cannot see how any car towing a caravan, which is not a 4x4, is going to avoid scraping the bottom of their car on them.
When I mentioned this to the warden he said everyone complains about them and mentioned something to do with the Forestry and Council not being able to agree about removing or lowering them. My other concern, more for Rostrevor than the campsite, was the number of underage drinkers around the town. For such a pretty village it appears to be really suffering from that problem at the weekends and pretty much in plain sight too.
Overall a wonderful site in an under-rated part of Northern Ireland and I will be back. I loved it. The online booking is fantastic too.
I stayed here with the family, me the wife and 2 kids. It is an excellent location within the forest park and great for the kids, plenty of walks, excellent play area etc. Facilities were clean and tidy though it was quiet when we stayed. The sites themselves are not that level and some are actually quiet steep, so make sure you have levelling blocks with you and not all sites are suitable for awnings. Most pitches have their own water taps. At the entrance to Kilbroney park there is quiet a steep hill with speed ramps on it, it did not do the clutch in the car much good. Overall we had a great time when there and we would recommend it. We will be back.
Returned to Kilbroney again this Easter and was as pleased as always with the site and facilities. Pot holes on the road into the park have been filled in and the ramps lowered. Site was clean, tidy and very well maintained. Now has online booking and you can pick your pitch which in my humble view is always a good thing. Staff were friendly and helpful and provide a fantastic service. Keep investing in this site Newry council and promote it more. Have a go at opening all year round because the demand is there. Remains one of the best sites in Northern Ireland.
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