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32 Carrickmore Road, Ballycastle BT54 6QS Northern Ireland
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Belfast Intl Airport
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Rambler wrote a review Aug 2022
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
An incredible stay at the marvelous Maguire's Strand Caravan Park in April 2019. Love the view across to Rathlin Island. Vibrant sunsets to the west. Walking distance to Ballycastle. Scenic walk to the end of Carrickmore Road and onto Fairhead is a real adventure. Hopefully will get back to see the dolphins. Really want to stay on the new touring caravan pitches. I really missed staying here and hope to book a week in the 2023 season.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tom K wrote a review Jul 2019
Hannover, Germany29 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Have stayed here for 2 nights to enjoy the surroundings by bicycle.

(+) are:
... very nice and helpful owners with a warm welcome, well organized
... really helpful, the owner came out very late night to help out with a shower token problem
... if you have a front line pitch you will be entitled to breathtaking sunsets, see seals, enjoy the coastline view and air, absolutely great
... facilities are well kept and all in order
... it it a small site so expect a personal touch everywhere

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... nothing to mention :-)

Note; currently the shower tokens are 1 Pound for 10 minutes, and you can pause the shower if you want by pulling a line.

The town is in walking distance and offers all amenities of a small harbour town. Try the fish and chip shop at the marina, Morton‘s, it is probably the best one around. I had 23 customers waiting before my order. Every single fish is made fresh. Absolutely crazy great!
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Pei wrote a review May 2019
14 contributions5 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Facility is clean overall and showers cost 50p each for 6 min. Timed showers are a tad stressful though but it's common in most campsites. Owners were nice and offered us a good parking lot. What really amazed us was the sunset by the sea that welcomed us after a long day on the road. Absolutely breathtaking.
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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HRH22 wrote a review Sept 2017
County Londonderry, United Kingdom7 contributions14 helpful votes
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My family and I including friends decided to visit the Lammas fair in Ballycastle as we do every year however this time around we thought we'd take our caravans and stay the couple of nights. The fair runs on a Monday and a Tuesday so we decided we'd stay the Sunday night and Monday night, unable to stay the Tuesday night as our kids started back to school on the Wednesday. I started phoning around all the sites in Ballycastle only to find that they were full. That was until I phoned Maguires Strand.

I explained to the lady on the phone that I required three spots for three touring caravans and that one would require an awning. She said she could move some things around and fit us in, great!!! I even requested a later exit time, she said so long as no one was arriving that could be arranged.

We arrived on the site around 2pm, two of our friends had got there before us and set up but they had come with 2 other friends as opposed to their kids as their circumstances had changed. This shouldn't have been a problem but perhaps this was the reason for the welcome we were all to receive. When we arrived at the site I was overwhelmed with the view of Rathlin island, the scenery here is truly stunning. Our other friends arrived on site at the same time as us and we were greeted by our friends who had previously set up. My father who is 68 and disabled was staying with us in our van, hence the need for the awning as explained when originally booked and my 18 year old daughter who was only staying for one night landed shortly after. I'll explain, my father who is disabled wanted his car with him so he could travel to the fair and get closer, it would also allow him to come and go as he pleased. My daughter had to go back for work and could only stay one night so she also had her car. This ordinarily wouldn't been an issue but taking that the caravan site itself is so small it probably did appear like a lot of traffic. As such my father moved his car off site and my daughter parked hers out of the way. Shortly after our arrival a gentleman arrived in a small Toyota and showed us our plots, he instructed us to park our vans quickly so as to not block the avenue through. They were grass spots and very very damp, it had clearly been a recent change to the site but no problem we were just happy to get sited, the weather was very very wet and nobody can help that. They had stone areas for the cars put in beside each grass plot. Our first arrivals and ourselves have older vans and they are light enough to go on the grass. Our other friends however have a much younger 6 berth Sterling and the weight proved to much and started to sink. The gentleman who greeted us (site owner) then instructed them to park on the stones. He then turned to me and said there was no mention of an awning, bewildered I explained to him that I had made it very clear an awning would be required. I said 'no awning we can't stay because it includes an inner tent that the older kids would be sleeping in', also previously explained. He told me to go ahead with the awning that it would be fine. Happy days then all good we'd set up the vans and the better half's could go to the office and pay, this is when it all seemed to go wrong.

When I contacted the site I asked how much it would be and I was told it would be £25 per van per night (in and around the going rate around this part of the world), however when I arrived and my partner and friends went to pay they added extra for the children and so on. This should have been disclosed at the start, however not the end of the world. £18 extra it cost me and a total of £36 for the other 2 vans. I said we wouldn't make a big deal out of it as they did squeeze us in last minute. That wasn't exactly the problem though. The bit that really got us was a lady's attitude when the stay was being paid for.

'If you make any noise the riot police will come and clear you off the site they will remove your caravan and you won't get it back' is what my partner and friends were told when paying. I thought my partner was joking when she was telling me until I realised the anger in her face was real. At that point my partner wanted to leave the site and forget about the entire stay. The lady also told them that under no circumstances could any children sleep in the awning 'that's as dangerous as having a BBQ in your awning' was what we were told? My children will not combust!!! 'It's illegal and the council who visit the site regularly will fine you', I checked this with Causeway coast and Glens council and they told me they'd never heard of such a rule. We were also told then that under no circumstances were any of us or our things to be on sight after 11am. I'm unaware as yet of what the issue was or why there was such a cold welcome, I did ask if there was a bad impression by us but I was assured there was not. The welcome was in fact so bad that my daughter didn't even stay the night and she left shortly after we arrived.

We met a few people on site who were all very nice people. One gentleman who I believe is a long term camper here couldn't do enough to help us in both setting up (he even allowed friends borrow an aerial lead) to telling us about the fireworks and the best place to watch them and so on. Another guy we met was diving about trying to pack to get off sight, he also requested a later exit but by only one hour and was told no and a couple who were given a number and told to ring no matter what time if there was any noise and the site would have it dealt with. In fact a few other campers were told the exact same. As none of us were told this, perhaps I'm reading between the lines and getting it wrong but were we suspected of being noisy campers??

As for the site, the scenery and location are beautiful, it's located a 5 minute drive or 20 minute walk from Ballycastle golf club which is located right by Ballycastle Promenade. There is a small beach adjacent the site and the larger beach which leads you right into Ballycastle seafront is only a 10 minute walk. The site sits below a cliff which I thought was wonderful. The plots we were on were I believe unfinished and I'm sure once they are finished with proper drainage will be great. The toilet/shower block was kept well cleaned and because of the size of the site was very close to hand as was the chemical disposal area and fresh water tap. The shower block did however have residents of its own, literally hundreds of what My friend believed are cement worms, probably coming from the cliff face. The joys of being close to nature.

We are quiet campers we enjoy our sleep as much as the next caravan and we always take fellow campers into consideration. We pulled our vans off site before the silly early 11am deadline and were lucky enough to get parked near town. It turned out as our friends found out no new caravans came to the site and all plots were vacant so clearly we did something wrong to not be allowed the extended time I was originally told would not be a problem.

Had we received a better welcome I'd happily return but as is I doubt very much we'll be back. It's not a family friendly site in our experience and more aimed at retired couples. It's really a shame but I think on this occasion the site owners seem to have forgot that they are no different to a hotel and they have one duty and that is to ensure that all the residents are treated to the best of their ability.
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Date of stay: August 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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Guide130924 wrote a review May 2019
2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A beautiful location right next to the sea with views of Ballycastle and Rathlin Island . Great place, just a mile out of Ballycastle so able to walk into town, some nice restaurants , great area for cycling.
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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BeaBi wrote a review Apr 2019
Cobh, Ireland548 contributions194 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Caravan site with great view close to small nice town, walking distance over golf field. Try fish and chips in the town close to marina, one of the best fish and chips. From the caravan site You can walk along the coast, views are amazing, see is noisy but not like traffic, breakfasts with such view will compensate everything!
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Date of stay: March 2019
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Cavehill.duf@2908 wrote a review Feb 2019
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed here with my husband and my son and fiancée came to visit during our stay. The lovely gentleman who owns the site was very helpful and made us feel very welcome. It is a stunning location especially if you are lucky enough to park up at the front pitches. With the sound of the Irish Sea crashing on the rocks just feet from the caravan there is no other place like it. Looking forward to going back
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Rosdm. asked a question Jul 2017
United Kingdom44 contributions
Can you pitch a tent here?
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Which popular attractions are close to Maguires' Strand Caravan Park?
Nearby attractions include Ballycastle Beach (0.1 miles), Murlough Bay and Fair Head (3.5 miles), and Bonamargie Friary (0.5 miles).
What are some restaurants close to Maguires' Strand Caravan Park?
Conveniently located restaurants include Anzac Restaurant, The Diamond Bar, and O'Connors Bar.
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Many travellers enjoy visiting Bonamargie Friary (0.5 miles).
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