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Visitor Reviews - Castle Bay Holiday And Residential Park Portpatrick

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Castle Bay Holiday And Residential Park Portpatrick
Dumfries and Galloway   (Browse area)
DG9 9AA   See Map
Tel: 01776 810462
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Pitches: 50
Open: March To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 31 Reviews
                7/10 from 31 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop On Site   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant <1 mile   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <1 mile   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   Cycle Hire   Golf <1 mile   Tennis 
 Beach <5 miles   Watersports   Boat Launch / Mooring <1 mile 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport <1 mile 

Reviews:  31 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: LBBK 36 reviews from this member

This site is about location, location, location. If it facilities you are looking for then this is not the place for you!

It is essentially a static caravan park with an area set aside for touring caravans and tents. The setting is stunning - cliff top overlooking the Irish Sea and the wonderfully photogenic Dunksey Castle. There is a cliff top walk of about 20 mins into the equally picturesque village of PortPatrick (plenty of shallow steps but there are benches if you want a rest) which has small shops, pubs, a lifeboat and black guillimots in the harbour.

But back to the campsite: the camping field is exposed. Check the weather forecast before you arrive! If a storm comes in you will need to be pitched correctly in a decent tent to survive intact. This includes the month of June!

As mentioned in other reviews the toilet block is small and basic but there was plenty of hot water and it was kept clean. The foundations have been laid for a new one but it doesn't look like it will open until next season?

There is a small playarea, shop and games room on site but we didn't use them so can't really comment.

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Mollys Owners 4 reviews from this member

Just returned from a 3 day weekend at this site. As others have posted the views are impressive and Portpatrick is a great wee fishing village only a 15 minute, dog friendly walk away. ( dog friendly pubs too - the crown hotel and the downshire hotel both allowed dogs in where food and drink is available)

The site has a high proportion of static caravans and there appear to be works underway to increase the capacity for both tourers and statics. If that is the case then there needs to be some improvement to the toilet facilities. They were clean and bright but only 2 toilet cubicles (mens block) 2 showers (only curtained and not great water pressure) and 2 washbasins were inadequate.

Nice friendly welcome at reception and an electrical problem dealt with quickly and successfully by the owner were pleasing aspects.

Our hardstanding pitch appeared to be newly laid and was level with only a short trip to the water, waste and CDU.

All in all we would return to Portpatrick at the drop of a hat, whether or not we returned to Castle Bay is up for debate. At 24 per night I feel it is overpriced for the facilities it offers.

Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Currycampers 17 reviews from this member

Stayed here for my husband and son to start the Southern Upland Way, which is within a few minutes walk of this site. We arrived in our campervan but also had two small tents on the tent field. The location is superb with castle and sea views. Having seen my husband and son off on their walk I decided to stay another night as this was such a lovely spot. Portpatrick is only a few minutes (cliff top) walk away and is delightful. I found the manager friendly and helpful and would certainly return.

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Alan-c1 8 reviews from this member

We visited this site as we'd heard it was well located and Portpatrick was close by; on both points this was indeed the case. However following check in the location was the only positive point in the sites favour.

The entire touring area of the site was as bumpy and uneven as I've ever seen, making levelling the caravan very awkward and time consuming; worse was to come though. The shower block is appalling; dated, dirty pre-fab miles from the touring pitches and very unpleasant to use being too small, full of cob-webs and not at all what I'd expected for the hefty pitch fees. Added to this the shop/reception had very restricted opening hours, there was no lighting after dark, no nearby stand pipes for filling up with/disposing of water and as stated toilet block a near 5 minute walk from the pitches. Suffice to say despite the beauty of Portpatrick I won't return to this site.

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Happycamp12 1 review from this member

We visited this site at the beginning of August and thought Port Patrick was lovely with beautiful views from the path as you walk into town (the path is at the side of the site with steps leading down to the harbour). It was a relaxed site with safe areas for the kids to play/kick a football/ride a bike, so the wee one made friends. The negative points would be the toilet block/showers - for the price charged we would have liked good facilities (cold showers for the men unfortunately as there was no hot water in the gents block. ) The facilities are not big enough for the number of campers and badly need renovating - showers have shower curtains rather than doors and these were very grubby as the site was busy. Also be prepared as the shop doesn't stock much, but there is a big Lidl 10 minutes away. This site is worth going to for the location and views, but its facilities are a bit run down.

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Andy75 42 reviews from this member

Spent one night here, was a late arrival but the checking in system worked well.

This is a very large commercial site, primarily for family's. The camping area was fairly big with outstanding views, although it was a fair drive through the hundreds of statics which I can imagine causes some disruption at times as the camping area was totally full.

The camping area is fairly flat with very well kept ground.

There is a very basic shop on site, although Portpatrick is only 20 minutes away on foot and well worth the walk.

I agree with the previous reviewer to a degree, the facilities were quite tired for a site this size, and in my opinion the ones near the camping slightly inadequate although I have seen a lot worse elsewhere. 10 for one person & backpacking tent was a wee bit steep I also felt considering I wasn't a walk in.

Despite the minor niggles the staff were very friendly indeed and felt they would help in any way.

I would certainly return here, although maybe out of season next time.

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