Our Monday to Friday break at Craig Tara was amazing. We had been to this site before but it was many years ago and oh how things have changed gladly for the better. Our caravan was close to the complex but we had no ptoblem with noise either from the complex or the passers by. The accomadation was in good order, clean and laid out well. Ours was a two bedroom superior whilst my Daughter and her family had a three bedroom standard. The cost between the two was not much more but the layout in the standard van was better.
The facilities were well staffed and there was no problem getting seats for eight of us in the 'Bonga Wonga' beach club though we did go early to make sure. The prices in the bar were much the same as we pay at home possibly slightly more if I'm honest but you don't go on holiday to sit in the caravan all week.
Entertainment was very well planned, lots for the kids early on and dancing for the grown ups later. Even though it was Halloween when we visited and the site was fully booked we were happy with the live band on the Thursday night and the prize bingo for all the family. Lovers of traditional cash bingo will not be disapointed as in the other room the games were held in peace and quiet without children running around.
The pool complex is dated but clean and well staffed the showers were poor but only because they trickled rather than showered. The pool itself is built to keep the kids occupied with long slides for the bigger children and shorter ones for the younger kids (and adults) it's built on three levels which is good because every time you visit it seems it has changed.
Plenty of outdoor parks and even a fun fair the go karts are worth a go but we never got round to those, shame.
The beach although not a great in width it's big enough to walk and enjoy the views.
The Spar store and it's bakery are fairly reasonable but again it's your holiday do what you will, we went to Morrisons in Ayr for some essentials but nearer to the park is a Co-operative supermarket.
We found that eating on site was expensive but the value and quality was worth it. Brigs of Ayr is the main restaurant with a large amount of seating on multi-levels and a complete glazed wall to give you an amazing view of the coast. The service is good once you decide whatyou would like to eat simply go to the bar to order and within a short time your meal is there piping hot and very tasty. We ate there every night and sometimes in the morning for breakfast, they are especially good we found, they serve breakfast from a buffet counter though you can't help yourself the portions are excellent and worth the money.
We did not stray far from the site within our four days but we went to Ayr twice as it's the nearest town from the camp. It is a very nice compact area with lots of shops and centres to keep the ladies and children happy and good pubs and a rather spectacular railway station to explore if you like that kind of thing.
It's quite strange that the first time we went to Craig Tara, my children were about 10-13 years and Haven had not long bought the site it had originally been a Buttlins holiday park but we travelled by coach as we don't drive but we had a fantastic time then as now even though our children have their own families now they do drive which make the experience that much better knowing all your luggage goes from door to door and there is wandering accross the park looking for your caravan. Great holiday thank you Haven.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hello, We started out a few years ago by buying a caravan at Craig Tara. To help finance the site fees & expenses we decided to rent out our caravan privately. We are not a normal singular Holiday Rental we are a HOTEL structured business selling each of our Holiday Homes as individual rooms ensuring, that you are given the best prices on site we are running as a partnership between the underdogs on site, but we are running together to be seen as our brand across the sites that we hope to provide to ... more less
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- Craig Tara Hotel Ayr
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