The fifth and final campsite on our Irish adventure was Carne Beach Holiday Park, Carne in County Wexford. The reason for choosing this particular campsite was for the location, being a few kilometres from Rosslare Harbor.
Carne Beach Holiday Park is located at the end of a Local ‘L’ road, however it is nothing like the other L road I ended up taking during our trip to Ireland. The previous L road I took (I forget the number of it) was tight, narrow and wide enough for one and a half vehicles. All along the road was hedges and trees with branches poking out in the road, and driving it wasn’t a nice experience at all. The L road to Carne Beach Holiday Park is wide enough to get two vehicles side by side, and I even managed to get past a bus – although it did stop and kindly flash me through. The Irish drivers are far nicer and more considerate than British drivers, and this is something I am going to miss when I return home.
The Irish camping guide we picked up at Galey Bay Campsite said that Carne Beach Holiday Park comprised 40 pitches in 40 hectares, which seemed great however once we arrived at Carne Beach Holiday Park what we got was somewhat different. Okay, the site may be 40 hectares and there may be 40 pitches, but what the guide failed to mention was that the 40 pitches were in an area of less than a hectare and that the remaining 39 and a bit hectares were occupied by static caravans, and lots of them. Carne Beach Holiday Park is primarily a static caravan site with a field out the back for caravans, motor homes, camper vans and tents.
The touring part of the site is right at the back of the site and to get through it you have to follow a lane right through the statics to an open field. There are a handful of hard standing pitches along the left hand side and the rest of the field is grass. One thing I did note is that there were a lot of touring caravans with awnings up and no cars, suggesting a lot of the pitches are seasonal. We didn’t have any problems finding a pitch during our trip, but this was in low season. I wouldn’t like to comment on the pitch availability during July and August.
There are two toilet/shower blocks, however there are only a couple of toilets and showers in each. One of the toilet/shower blocks s located in the middle of a load of statics and quite a distance from the touring site. This particular toilet/shower block also had the only campers’ kitchen and washing up facilities. Common sense suggests to me this is a stupid place to put the facilities block as it is simply too far. The toilet/shower blocks were clean enough but they were nowhere near up to the same standards as Nagles campsite, Wavecrest campsite or Dunmore East campsite. All I can really say is that the toilets/showers served their purpose.
We paid 25 Euros for a one night’s stay and for once the showers were “free”, i.e. included in the price. The nightly charge is less than what we paid at any other campsite, however all of the other sites offered a lot more and I didn’t mind paying more for them. The other campsites we stayed at were far better value for money.
Carne Beach Holiday Park is clearly aimed at families, which is fine if that’s your thing. Travelling as a couple family friendly sites are something we try to avoid as far as possible and our single night stay reinforced the reasons why. The site was full of loud, excitable kids and there were loads of them. The parents among you reading this review would probably say they were kids being kids, but my little nephews never behaved in this manner. These kids were obnoxious, unruly and the language was absolutely shocking. The parents should have been ashamed, but they did absolutely nothing about it.
Out of all the campsites we stayed at in Ireland Carne Beach Holiday Park was by far the worst and I am glad we only stayed there for one night. If I were to use the Rosslare ferry crossing in the future I would use the campsite for the final night but only because it is so damn close to the ferry port and the having to be at the port of 8 o’clock in the morning means I can get some kind of nights sleep before catching the ferry.