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Visitor Reviews - Gleanariff Forest Park Camping

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Gleanariff Forest Park Camping
Glenariff Road
Ballymena
N Ireland   (Browse area)
BT44 0QX   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 028 2955 6000

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Nearby:
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Pitches: 50
Open: March To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 3 Reviews
              8/10 from 3 Reviews


Units accepted:    Tents  Caravans  Motorhomes 

Reviews:

Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Gallerydigital 1 review from this member

As everyone said a great basic site.

I had the same midges problem. Burning wood didn't cure it. Once the day cooled a little they were out on force. The whole site was affected.

I was able to get the car parked up beside the tent which made packing easy. The surrounding towns are a short drive away and you will get any food you need from there.

The views are just amazing.

We just turned up and pitched hoping that the warden will be round later.

Apart from the insect life we had a really nice relaxing time. The warden indicated to us that the site may close soon and move closer to the visitor centre. That would be an interesting development.

This is a great area for a base camp for budding photographers!

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: IanStewart 2 reviews from this member

What vickywhyte1 said! She sums up the site perfectly.

Works equally well with a tent - any size, there's plenty of space.

Yes it is basic, but the area is stunning. If you want the high-life, head for Portrush. If you're after quite and nature and a good base for exploring the delights of Antrim, this is it.

Excellent value, but you get what you pay for - good basic shower/toilet block but beginning to look a bit shabby.

Plenty of grassy area for pitching tents, warden didn't seem to mind where, but avoid the low lying area to the left of the shower block because if it rains, you'll sink!

This is a Forest Park campsite not a commercial campsite. You need to come prepared and self-sufficient, no handy convenience store or pizza delivery here.

Come to enjoy the peace, quiet and location.

Date of Visit: July 2010 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Vickywhyte1@hotmail 3 reviews from this member

Been to this site a few times now and we think it is a really good basic site. We have a VW campervan and a 4 man tent and the ranger didn't bat an eyelid when we put the tent up beside the campervan on a hard standing pitch, no mention of an extra charge.

Good Points

- Not usually very busy

- Good value - £13.50 per night for hard standing with EHU

- Beautiful setting - forest, coast and Glens of Antrim

- Very close to Giants Causeway, Portrush/Portstewart etc, Dunluce Castle, North coast scenic drive etc etc

- Site fee includes free entrance into Glenariff Forest Park which is accessed just up the road - our 3yrs old walks to it!

- Forest park has a small, spotlessly clean, old fashioned restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and evening meals

- Good basic facilities - showers, toilets, chemical toilets disposal and washing facilities.

- Camping for tents is a large grassy area - very relaxed about where you put your tent and you can bring your vehicle right up beside your tent

- Sheltered site, surrounded by trees

- Dont need to book - just turn up.

Bad Points

- No shops or bars etc near by.

- Midges ( we burnt some wood on our BBQ and the smoke deterred them really well. The forest ranger didn't seem to have a problem with this as several others did the same )

- Cant book - we have been over NI 12th July holiday and got a space with noone on either side of us, so not been a problem so far

- Site facilities are a bit tired and basic but absolutely adequate.

All in all this site is a Forest Park campsite so don't expect anything else. The good points are the setting and location and the relaxed atmosphere.


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