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“NOT a 4 star campsite” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Keel Sandybanks Caravan & Camping Park

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Keel | Achill island, Keel, Achill Island, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Keel
Cork, Ireland
1 review
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“NOT a 4 star campsite”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

We stayed here for 5 nights with the children. Yes, the beachside location and views of the minauns are fab -- but the campsite itself is of a low standard. Lots of beer bottle caps and cigarette butts on the ground, dirty toilets and showers, and staff too young, casual and inexperienced . We love achill, so this is such a shame. The campsite was very very busy and so they should very soon build new/ get major works done on all the facilities and clean the grass areas, toilets/showers much more frequently . Invest in these and give this campsite a true 4 star reputation.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Waterford
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011 via mobile

Friendly welcome by staff.
Fabulous location and services.

Need a few more toilets and showers, could be a little better.

Stunning views right beside the beach.

We could HIGHLY recommend eating in the chalet in keel (it doesn't appear on tripadvisor), some of the best seafood we'v ever had.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2011

Went to Achill with a group of friends last summer and spent 4 days in the Keel Sandybanks Camp and Caravan site. It was fantastic! The beach is glorious, the view is fantastic and the local pub is the best place to have a few too many. The people who look after the camp site are really friendly and always helpful (in my opinion much better than the site at Dugort thats for sure) The amenities where just what we expected, nothing fancy and thats just great. We spent a day under our tent porches while it chucked it down but that didnt dampen our spirits or those of the groups and families around us, plenty to even if the beach is not practical. Great place, will definitely return!!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh
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3 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2011

Keel is stunning, the site really is right beside the beach. The beach is one of 5 blue flag beaches on Achill, not bad for a wee island. The site is quite expensive, very busy and the toilets could do with more regular cleaning. The wait for the showers was very, very long. Apart from these niggles, the position of the site made up for everything.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Leixlip, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2011

We camped for 3 nights in Sandybanks, Keel, Achill and are only sorry we didn't stay longer - we were literally only yards from the beach & the truly magnificent views of the Minaun cliffs & the sound of the waves rolling in at night will stay long in the memory. The campsite itself is quite exposed, it took a bit of "handling" to erect the tent in blowy conditions but it's part of its charm! Staff were friendly & helpful; facilities were clean & functioning! The site is well located in Keel & Achill is great for watersports & scenic drives - plenty to do to keep kids amused - just beware of the sheep!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2011 via mobile

Unfortunately we decided to go camping on what turned out to be the wettest weekend of the year, with 90km/hr winds! The camp site was good, facilities were adequate with cookers and laundry facilities! The showers were quite sandy but that is to be expected! We could appreciate that it is a great location for surfing, cycling and walking, if the weather had been better!
The other thing of note is it is quite tricky to get to, lots of windy roads and quite isolated! Good for a weekend to get away from it all.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lisburn, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2011

I have been travelling to Keel Sandybanks since I was a baby with my parents, and now make a visit here one or two weeks every summer with partner & dog. This is by far the best place to stay on Achill Island. The location and views are amazing, and if you love camping this is the ultimate. The campsite is very clean, and has good showers and bathrooms, as well as kitchens with cookers and a decent washroom. The staff are very helpful and the general mood of the campsite is very good-spirited. The campsite is pet friendly and is directly beside the beach, so it's great for an active walk. I would highly recommend this campsite for anyone who wants a real taste of what rural Ireland has to offer! (Can get windy so go prepared!)

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Keel | Achill island, Keel, Achill Island, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Mayo > Achill Island > Keel
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Keel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Keel Sandybanks Caravan & Camping Park is a Grade A four star park that offers comfortable accommodation comprising of fully equipped mobile homes, which come with electricity, hot and cold water, room heater, cooker and fridge.We also provide ptiches for caravans, tents, and campervans on a nightly basis.Our caravan park is alongside Keel beach which stretches for 3km and is one of the finest Blue Flag beaches in Ireland. ... more   less 
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Keel Sandybanks Caravan & Camping Park Achill Island, Ireland

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