Campsite number 4 on our Irish adventure was Dunmore East Holiday Park, which as I am sure you have already guessed is in Dunmore East. Getting to Dunmore East wasn’t too bad, and whilst we did have to travel down an R road it wasn’t all tight and easy to navigate.
There are two ways of getting to the campsite, with one going straight past the holiday homes and through the golf course carpark and the other going around the back and entering the park from the opposite direction. We were directed the first route by the campsite owner, which is the tightest/narrowest way, however it is closer. The second route is on larger and wider roads (although it is a little further). If you tow a caravan or drive a large motor home I would recommend taking the second route. If you are in a tent (and driving a car), in a camper van or in a small motor home you won’t have too many issues taking the first route. Even though the Accordo is a small motor home (6m long) I left using the second route, and if I ever use the campsite again I will enter via the second route too.
The first thing I noticed about the campsite is that it isn’t a pretty site, but then during our Irish adventure we had been spoiled with the ‘private garden’ of Galey Bay campsite, the view of Doolin Pier and cliffs at Nagles campsite and the uninterrupted view of rugged cliffs and the Atlantic Ocean at Wavecrest campsite. The view from the pitch at Wavecrest campsite in particular was always going to be a tough one to beat, and Dunmore East campsite doesn’t do it. Dunmore East Holiday Park isn’t an eyesore, I mean there is a lot of grass between the hard standing pitches and there are lush green trees and hedges around the perimeter of the campsite, it just doesn’t have the “wow” factor. Whilst the campsite itself may not be that pretty some of the views are absolutely stunning. Hard standing pitches 1 – 4 in particular have awesome views as through the perimeter trees there are great views of Dunmore East village, the harbour and the sea.
There are approx. 40 pitches in just over 5 hectares so the units aren’t as crammed in as they are in many other sites, and this makes the campsite feel open and airy and not claustrophobic. Another thing I noticed about this site, and almost immediately too, was the ‘vibe’ and I instantly felt comfortable.
The facilities on the site are the cleanest and nicest of any campsite we have stayed on during our Irish adventure. Facilities for male visitors comprises a urinal, three toilets, three sinks/basins and three showers. Whether three of everything is sufficient or not is down to personal opinion, but I never had any issue with access to any of the facilities during my stay.
The showers are in their own room and there are no sinks/basin in it so I had to shave in the toilets and then move around the back to take a shower. This isn’t ideal, but then it’s not that much of faff either – just something you need to be aware of. On the subject of basins/sinks it is worth pointing out there are no plugs so if you wet shave or just want to wash your face you need to make sure you have your own. Sinks with no plugs is a pet hate of mine, however there are many campsites (in the UK as well as Ireland) that don’t have any so I can’t mark this site down for this.
The excellent facilities at Dunmore East Holiday Park
As with most of the campsites in Ireland the showers are a Euro, and the ones on this campsite take a Euro coin, as opposed to a token. The coin machine is outside the shower cubicle so you put your coin in the slot and then enter the shower cubicle, which I thought was a bit weird. I did have a concern about wasting valuable shower time whilst getting undressed and sorting out my toiletries, but there is a minute and a half delay between paying your money and the shower starting so my concerns were quickly quashed. Like all of the showers I have used on Irish campsites the shower is pre-set to a specific temperature, which isn’t hot enough for me. The showers are warm but not hot, and not being able to increase the heat is most frustrating. Another thing t note about the showers is there is no curtain and the cubicle tends to get pretty wet, which means getting changed standing on a wet floor – another one of my pet hates. My complaints about the showers are, in the big scheme of things, small and not worth worrying about. Overall, the showers are good and serve their purpose very well.
Inside the facilities block is a camper’s kitchen complete with a kettle, fridge, four plug sockets (1 Euro for an hour’s power) and two sinks. The kitchen is adequate and very clean, just like the toilets/showers. There is also a laundry on site, but since I didn’t use it or even go in there I cannot comment on this.
There is not an onsite shop at Dunmore East Holiday Park so if you want any supplies you are going to have to venture in to the Village of East Dunmore. There is a Centra mini market (which is very well stocked and also has an in-store deli and bakery) and Spar in the village so getting supplies is not a problem. That said the walk there and back isn’t quick and you will need to be prepared to give yourself half an hour or so.
Dunmore East is a quaint village and there is quite a bit to do. There are pubs, restaurants and plenty of eateries. There is a cliff top walk, cliff top drive and woodland walk. There are two blue flag beaches and numerous other quiet bays and coves that are ideal for swimming/bathing. There are several potential fishing spots (both beach and rock) around the coastline as well.
For 2 adults, our small Accordo and electric hook up we were charged 56 Euro for two nights, which is about the going rate. Is the site worth this? That’s down to personal opinion so only you can answer that I’m afraid. I struggle to recall any other campsite where I have felt so comfortable and ‘at home’ so quickly and you can’t put a price on that.
Would I recommend Dunmore East Holiday Park? The answer to this has to be a yes. It isn’t the most attractive campsite I have stayed on, and it doesn’t have the wow factor, but all things considered it is a nice, clean and friendly campsite.