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Northern Ireland’s top campsites for outdoor fun

Posted on July 5, 2011 @ 11:51 AM in Adventure

Caravanning and camping are great ways to enjoy the great outdoors, however this summer you can take it a step further and combine sleeping under the stars with some excellent outdoor activities.

The Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Forest Service and The National Trust have an extensive list of campsites but to make things easier has picked our top sites for outdoor fun. 

Camping holidays are no longer about the bucket and spade or sitting around the campfire, so follow our lead and get out and enjoy some exhilarating outdoor activities.


Share Holiday Village, Lisnaskea

The Share Holiday Village is the perfect venue for families; Ireland’s largest multi-activity centre offers so many activities that you’ll never have to leave the lake shore site.  A full programme of activities is available all summer including the daily summer extravaganza, summer schemes, Inishcruiser and indoor leisure suite.  The Lough Erne Canoe Trail also offers the opportunity to explore the beautiful loughs.

This 3 star holiday park offers 10 spaces for touring and motor caravans and 24 spaces for tents. 

Castle Archdale Country Park, Lisnarick

Based on the shores of Lower Lough Erne this bustling campsite offers a wide range of activities either on the lough or amongst the acres of woods.  The marina area offers bike hire, boat hire and canoe hire so you can enjoy the Lough Erne Canoe Trail or the Castle Archdale Family Cycling Trail

This 4 star holiday park offers 150 caravan and motor-home spaces & 30 tent spaces.


Round Lake Caravan Park, Fivemiletown

The recent launch of the 6km Blessingbourne Mountain Bike Trails and Pump Track really put Fivemiletown on any outdoor enthusiasts map.  Round Lake Caravan Park is only a short drive from Blessingbourne so there’s no better way to enjoy the snaking single-track and lots of trail features including jumps, table-tops, berms, rock-gardens and drops, each with easier options for the kids and the faint-hearted, of course!

Check out this video to get a real sense of these trails.

This 1 star holiday park offers 12 spaces for touring/motor caravans and 5 spaces for tents.


Watertop Farm, Cushendall

 Situated in the Glens of Antrim this spectacular site is located in a working farm. Onsite activities include pony trekking, fishing, boating, pedal go-karts on site, quad train, assault course, and farm tours on the paddiwagon.

The nearby Ardclinis Outdoor Adventure offers activities including climbing, archery, canoeing and coasteering at their centres in Cushendall and Garron Point.

Ballyness Caravan Park, Bushmills

 As if its location of 500 metres south of the Old Bushmills Distillery wasn’t enticing enough, this award winning caravan site’s north coast setting means there is so much adventure on the doorstep.  Try surfing with Alive Surf School in Portrush or the new phenomenon of Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Portballintrae, challenge yourself with coasteering with Xplore Outdoors or The Adventure Team, or take in all in at high speed on the Causeway Sea Safari.

This 5 star holiday park offers 48 touring and motor caravan pitches. No tents.


Castle Ward Demesne, between Downpatrick and Strangford

This is The National Trust’s premier outdoor recreation site in the United Kingdom.  The recently launched 21 miles network of multi-use trails offer endless opportunities for walkers, runners, mountain bikers and horse riders to explore unique areas of our historic demesne which were previously inaccessible to members of the public. 

The Clearsky Adventure Centre is located on site offering a vast range of activities including canoeing, climbing, kayaking, and bike hire.  The nearby Strangford Sea Safari should not be missed.

 The campsite is owned and managed by The National Trust.

Castlewellan Forest Park, Castlewellan

Situated within the Mourne and Slieve Croob Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty this 450 hectare park offers an excellent choice of walks and cycle trails. The on site Life adventure centre offers a great selection of activities on and around Castlewellan Lake and further a field with in the Mourne Mountains. Mount Pleasant Equestrian Centre offers a riding experience for beginners to experts.

Delamont Country Park, Killyleagh

 Based on the shores of the stunning Strangford Lough, known worldwide for its wildlife, the site is surrounded by the natural beauty of Delamont Country park.  The newly opened Action Outdoors deliver offer canoeing, kayaking, climbing and grass sledging.  



Chris Scott
Chris Scott

When not boring everyone about his little kids’ latest antics, Chris enjoys sailing and cycling, if only to offset his love of eating out and Marlborough Cabernet Sauvignon..

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