Thought we'd try glamping as we'd never done it before and saw it on a deal. The cocoon was adequate - raised seating / sleeping area, light, sockets and heater. As it was really warm we didnt need the heater. I think we all expected it to be a bit more "glamorous". It pretty much is camping (all be it in a cocoon) in a field. I did enjoy the experience but it really is only 1 step up from camping. I would prefer a mobile or caravan. Having said that, I'm glad that I tried it.
The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Conor was there the whole time and nothing was too much trouble for him. He certainly earned his money with all the different groups of people who were there over the 2 nights. Chada did the activities with us on the Saturday - archery, team challenging and orienteering - and he was great craic and made the experience very enjoyable. The activities were a great choice for the whole family to do. The other activities looked great too but probably only the kids would have partaken in them as you would need to be a bit of a dare devil!
The area is absolutely beautiful. We spent time in Roe Valley Country Park, Binevenagh, Magilligan Point, Mussenden & Downhill Demense. All really beautiful and well worth visiting. I would definitely visit this part of the country again rather than always visiting Portrush / Portstewart / Giants Causeway while at the north coast.
I would definitely return to Carrowmena - maybe not necessarily to stay - I think the kids would enjoy the other activities. I think the hostel looks good for groups. It was allways warm and there was always tons of hot water for washing.
All in all a good spot. Worth the money (though we did get a deal). Good to do with family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Carrowmena Activity Centre & Hostel is set at the foot of Binevenagh in the beautiful & adventurous Roe Valley. We offer a range of on & offsite activities wet & dry to include Zip Lines, High Ropes Activities, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, abseiling, orienteering to name but a few. All safety equipment supplies along with full qualified instructors. Idea for families, friends, birthday parties, youth/adult, stag/hen packages & corporate team building groups. We have a 38 bed Hostel, 6 X Glamping Pods & 2 acre field for camping..... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carrowmena Activity Centre And Glamping Derry, Northern Ireland