Monday, 24 July 2017

Camping in Cork




We set of on our journey, it should have taken about four hours, it took a little longer - "where have the signs for Cork gone?" ah husband we are on the way to Dublin turn the car, sigh!
Once we arrived and only mildly irritated, the question "are we there yet" was asked quiet a few times! We got to setting up and we were delighted to see such a fabulous camp site - 

The site is so well manicured and cared for, pegs went into the ground easily and the size of the sites were excellent, no issues having our car next to us.  Once the kids jumped out of the car they were off across the extra large green and into the play area which had a lovely wooden play set swings, slide and climbing.  We stayed for three nights four days and the kids used the play area all the time and went for many adventures in the little wooded area situated in the middle of the site.  The wooded area was tiny but perfect that we didn't have to leave the tent and go with the children they were able to explore together and with the other children on the site.  We could also see the swings etc from where we were pitched which was so handy, and this would be the case for 80% of the site for the tents.
The facilities in the site firstly were so clean kitchen area and bathroom areas alike.  Obviously camping meant we were in the toilets at many different times throughout the day and night and they were also clean and stocked with toilet paper and soap.  The kitchen had all you could need and rows of picnic benches to sit and eat at if you choose.  While I didn't use the washing facilities they looked good only downside was one person used the three washing lines for all their clothes, this wasn't the fault of the site just selfish campers.  The bin area was always clean and there was adequate bins for rubbish hence no bugs or mess.



We were lucky enough to have a very good friend who got us into Fota wildlife, which is only 20 mins drive from the camp site and well worth a visit the kids loved it.  We had planned to go to Blarney Castle but at €15 per adult we felt this was overpriced.  On Sunday we went to Cobh and we walked around ate candyfloss and had a relaxing time together.  I would recommend the Titanic experience there, but we've previously being to it so we didn't go again.   In the Blarney Caravan and Campsite there is an 18 hole pitch and putt attached to it, there is fee but it's worth doing as it takes about an hour and half and the kids loved it, Daddy not so much he spend more time next to the tress.

  

 Not always an important thing as I'm sure like many when camping technology takes a back seat, but the camp site had free WiFi which was great and we were able to watch the Mayo match.  Its fair to say that this may not be the case if the site was very busy but we were lucky it wasn't to busy so not alot of people using the WiFi.  A small issue which only started on our last night (Sunday we arrived Friday), the planes flying into Cork Airport. noisy and low it didn't hinder us much as the noise was quick but the planes go throughout the night but like I mentioned its quick and there isn't alot of planes.
The rates on the site while a little more than up our way, was worth paying, facilities where brilliant, the kids were catered for, the ground for pitching were excellent.  The four hour drive was well worth it and the sun shone the entire time we were there.  The kids made friends and spent little time sitting, they slept no bother even sleeping in two mornings. 
We would recommend this site!