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Visitor Reviews - Wemyss Bay Holiday Park ( Parkdean )

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Wemyss Bay Holiday Park ( Parkdean )
Wemyss Bay
Wemyss
Ayrshire   (Browse area)
PA18 6BA   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 0844 335 3548

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Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 5 Reviews
              7/10 from 5 Reviews


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Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Static Rating:
Reviewer: Sasamax 7 reviews from this member

Our first ever stay in a static caravan!

Quite impressed with this site in general - we are normally tent or touring van people but went for the budget 'burns' caravan as have a young baby at the moment.

Caravan was clean and well equipped. Everything there that you could need, although it did smell a bit of dogs which is to be expected I suppose.

No heating in bedrooms but as we were having some atypically cold June weather, they provided a plug in heater which warmed the bedroom area nicely. The gas fire in the living room was perfectly adequate.

We did have a distant view of the firth of Clyde which was unexpected, and a nice touch, even though our pitch (?) was obv in one of the cheapest areas. Not really much in the way of 'sitting outside' ability. Our doors faced onto high greenery with a metre or so of grit so not ideal for alfresco evenings.

Food was fine - we used the chippy which was nice and also the bar meals which were clearly frozen food but not too bad and there was a decent '2 meals for a tenner' deal going on.

The pool was fine - shallow, foot-deep baby bit which then deepened in a couple of stages, and there was a small sauna.

The pool was very well staffed and very clean.

Lockers are a refundable £1

The entertainment complex is called 'The Venue' and comprises amusements (not really our thing), bar (where you can eat but kids must vacate by 9pm) and showbar (where kids can stay all night). There is also a coffee stand between the swimming pool and the showbar which leads to the outside tables and adventure playground.

The showbar has entertainment every night, and at other times. Deserving special mention is the fantastic entertainer Robert T Leonard whose outstanding voice, stage antics and humour are first class! He seems to perform there on Saturday nights - well worth keeping the kids up to enjoy his show.

As others have said, it is quite a steep site - prams aren't too easy to push around so if you have a baby, bring a sling with you instead. We didn't use the shop or the laundrette so can't comment on those.

We found it a friendly site, very much family-orientated and no groups of drunk yobs as you might expect with a 'holiday park' type arrangement.

All in all, a pretty good place to stay

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Static Rating:
Reviewer: HEJC72 9 reviews from this member

We have stayed at Wemyss Bay twice, both times in a budget 'Burns' caravan as we had our dog with us.

The caravan was basic but clean and had all the equipment we needed to make for a comfortable holiday.

On both occasions we stayed the last week in August when the Scottish schools had gone back, so the site was quiet and the kids club was less busy.

The staff were all very accommodating, asking the children what they would like to do. My boys enjoyed circus skills workshops, art groups and a Wii competition that really got some of the dads going!

The food on site is good and reasonably priced. Drinks in the bar are also reasonably priced.

Entertainment in the evening is good for younger children.

Our boys also liked spending money in the arcade.

Having a laundry and small shop on site was useful.

As it was quiet when we stayed, we were able to use the pool whenever we wanted, with no time restrictions.

As already mentioned the site is set on a very steep hill so it is maybe not ideal for those with mobility problems or parents with young children in prams.

I can highly recommend catching the ferry across to the Isle of Arran and a day out at Kelburn Castle is a must.

We intend to return to Wemyss Bay soon.

Date of Visit: July 2009 Unit:  Static Rating:
Reviewer: Jennyl 3 reviews from this member

Booked a budget week break here with husband and 10 year old son.

Caravan was spotless and had all you would expect in the way of equipment.

Very steep site (so perhaps not suitable for anyone with mobility issues) but the terraced layout ensures most caravans have fantastic views across the Firth of Clyde and this made for some spectacular sunsets.

Entertainment is what you would expect from a family holiday park, (not really our thing) but nice to be able to have a drink and let the kids be entertained for a few hours before bedtime.

Playpark was great, and our son enjoyed the swimming though the pool is smallish.

Only downside was that the staff seemed a bit jaded and the security presence on the doors to the entertainment/arcade complex at night felt a bit oppressive.

Head to Greenock for fantastic swimming, cinema etc. Or south to Largs for an old fashioned seaside day out. The ferry from Adrossan to Arran is well worth a trip and good value if you go on foot.

Must mention the deli on the main road, just before the park entrance, some really delicious nosh for a picnic in here.

Overall great family park and good value.

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Static Rating:
Reviewer: Sandra D 3 reviews from this member

We booked a budget static caravan and expected a very basic, old and possibly pretty grotty caravan. However, we were more than pleasantly surprised. The Static was perfectly adequate and comfortable for our week's stay. We did find that on arrival the Static did smell of the previous occupants dog but felt as we too are dog owners and had our dog with us, the smell soon wore off.
We had beautiful views over the Clyde but did not get to see this often due to the constant rain! We felt that the on-site shop was overpriced more so than a lot of other sites we have stayed at. The Chippy did not seem to be open very often.
The site was kept clean and tidy but we found that it was quite a noisy site - not from people - but from traffic and machinery! The entertainment complex appeared somewhat dated and the entertainment we saw we felt was almost child like in nature. Lots of extremely young staff employed here.
There is free internet access if you have your own laptop - which our teenage daughter loved. Did not get the opportunity to try out the pool - the strict hourly time slots put us off. Enjoyed our week's stay, would have been better if the weather had stayed dry. Not sure if we would stay again.

Date of Visit: March 2008 Unit:  Static
Reviewer: Karla65 6 reviews from this member

We spent the Easter holiday here, Good Friday to Easter Monday. We had a three bedroomed 'Burns' Caravan, four adults and a child. The weather was cold and sunny, although we had a couple of quick snow flurries and it rained two nights, and we were very lucky compared with most of the rest of the country.

The site is very easy to find, directly across from the fabulous Victorian railway station and ferry terminal, up a winding hill and sits on a high hill with beautiful views of the bay. We were somewhat in the back, being in one of the budget caravans, but if you poked your head out the window, and craned just so, you could see the bay!

Our caravan was not centrally heated, just had a gas fire in the front room, and when we arrived, there were no duvets in sight. Fortunately we had brought some extras with us in case of emergency, so we used those for the first night. We reported in to Reception about them, and the fact that the television had no aerial cable and the aerial was dangling off the side of the caravan, and they were prompt about getting them sorted.

Good points:

Great service from staff.

Spotlessly clean and landscaped site.

Swimming pool clean and well-supervised.

Caravans well equipped with cooking utensils, everything worked, sufficient hot water, etc.

Bad points:

Caravan a bit dated, carpet a bit stained, etc but then they are well-used and it was very clean.

Changing rooms in swimming pool complex a bit poky and inadequate.

Besides that, no real down points.

We didn't use the clubs, etc so I cannot really comment on those. I didn't personally go into the shop, so I cannot comment, but father in law went in there, and always seemed to get what he needed.

We didn't use the cafe or the chippy so again, I cannot comment.

There is lots to do in the area. I can definitely recommend Funworld in Greenock, for those who have children. Also, when we drove up on the A78 from our neck of the woods in southwest Scotland, we visited the terrific Ayrshire Museum of Country Life. It has a wonderful antique clothing collection and a functioning water mill which cannot be missed. We also went to the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow and the Paisley Museum, with its wonderful collection of Paisley shawls and weaving equipment.

Wemyss Bay is ideally located if you want to see more of that area of Scotland. It is great if you want to visit some of the attractions in and around Glasgow without actually staying in the city, as it is less than an hour away.

We will definitely be returning there again.


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