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Watertop Open Farm: Campsite

General

  • Family-friendly camping on a hill farm near Ballycastle, County Antrim
  • Walks and bike rides on site; a 10-minute drive to Ballycastle beach
  • Serviced pitches on a dark skies site with hot showers and livestock

Here’s the chance to spend quality time outdoors with loved ones, with loads of space to roam and for kids to play. Want to experience rural life on a working hill farm? The folks running the family campsite at Watertop Open Farm near Ballycastle in County Antrim have been welcoming guests for more than 30 years, so they must be doing something right.

They’re doing absolutely everything right as it turns out. For starters: fully serviced pitches with hot showers, a play area for kids and lots of cuddly livestock to befriend, plus safe off-road paths around the farm for campers to explore.

Having said that, if you’re looking for party nights, kids’ clubs and TVs in your tent, this site is possibly not your cup of tea...

On the other hand, if you’re after spectacular coast and hill views, and traffic-free hiking or biking routes amid forests, waterfalls and mountains, you’re definitely in the right place. As a couple of added bonuses, you’re pretty much guaranteed quiet nights of sound sleep in the peaceful north-coast countryside, and thanks to the lack of light pollution hereabouts, on clear nights you can spot a gazillion stars twinkling up above.

Please note

If making a fire, the fuel, logs and coal have to be purchased on site.

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Facilities/activities including Crazy golf, firepits are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Group bookings of 2 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Bookings must not be for more than 14 consecutive nights.

Please note that the toilet/shower facilities are unisex.

Guests staying on grass pitches will be asked to move their tent every 4 or 5 days so as to allow the grass to recover.


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Reviews

9.6

Overall rating based on 25 reviews

 

92% would recommend this site to a friend.

100% would stay here again.

  75% described as Peaceful ?

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Great base camp for families who want to explore the local area.30/06/2022

Reviewer's country: IrelandAnonymousConfirmed

  • Electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    This is Antrim's hidden gem for campers who want a good base camp to explore the local area, and there's plenty to see on the farm itself. I have discovered over the years that people vary greatly in what they like in a campsite so for my tastes this site gets the balance right - it's not glamping nor is it the popular large open-field camp-site with games rooms for the kids. We found it to be an ideal base for our active young family, and our fellow campers seemed to; and yet there was plenty for the kids to see and do on site, after the day's outings.

    The ablutions are simple without luxury - hot showers and clean toilets. The pitches are well maintained and not overcrowded. On the cold wet nights a large fire was lit in the traditional cottage and campers wondered in and out to chat and warm themselves. I thought I was taking my kids up to see Giants Causeway and Carrick-a-Read, but we got far more for our money, hiking some local trails and visiting geological sites that we never new existed before hand; all thanks to the local expertise that comes from being 'part of the family.' The easy going proprietors, were full of chat and local knowledge that greatly enriched our stay.

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Perfect spot with friendly staff, fun activities, and gorgeous views29/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomValerie W.Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    This was amazing! The family who runs the farm was so friendly and we were welcomed by Rex, the farm dog, and a gorgeous fire in the cottage. We loved the crazy golf, beautiful nature walks, and animals grazing as we woke up in the morning. The showers, laundry room and toilets were all clean and very nice. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone!

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Good27/06/2022

Reviewer's country: IrelandJohn M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric gravel and hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Good

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Great spot if doing the NI Coastal route24/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDarrin D.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric gravel and hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Quiet and peaceful, surrounded by nature and farm animals, close to Ballycastle amenities and a good spot for some of the major attractions. Patsy was a great host, very knowledgeable and we even got to feed the lambs.

    Disliked: 

    No hooks in the showers, could do with somewhere to put your things. Lack if recycling facilities

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Exellent site, friendly Staff, im sure ill back there23/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomIwona L.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Very liked

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Pasty, the owner was very welcoming. Showers and toilets very clean.20/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric gravel and hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Pitch set up was level with picnic table

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Friendly staff, plenty of space.20/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomOrla R.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
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    Facilities good, clean, great scenery, nice walks.

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Anonymous user

Overall great stay20/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Everyone was so friendly and was very clean.

    Disliked: 

    Toilets were quite far from tent pitch

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Beautiful surroundings and friendly staff19/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKeith M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric gravel and hardstanding touring pitch
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    Beautiful surroundings and friendly staff

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Excellent peaceful site with amazing scenery13/06/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMatthew M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Scenery, quiet, hospitality, cleanliness

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Features

Coronavirus

Hand sanitising stations

Shared spaces: daily deep cleaning

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Forest

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal freezer

Communal fridge

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Type

Farm

Small (11-25 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycling nearby

Golf nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Drainage hook-up points for tourers

Water hook-up points for tourers

Location

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  • 188 Cushendall Road, Ballyvoy, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, BT54 6RN
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 55.1733°N 6.1343°W

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Local attractions

Local attractions and activities include:

- Ballyvoy (restaurants): five minutes’ drive

- Golf: five minutes

- Ballycastle (restaurants): five minutes

- Ballycastle beach: 10 minutes

- Fair Head (climbing): 10 minutes

- Cushendun (restaurants): 10 minutes

- Bonamargy Friary: 10 minutes

- Ballypatrick Forest (traffic-free cycling and walking): 10 minutes

- Cushendall (restaurants): 15 minutes

- Kinbane Castle: 15 minutes.

Must see

  • Giant's Causeway, Antrim, Northern Ireland (15.6 miles)

National Trust

  • Carrick-a-Rede (9.6 miles)
  • Giant's Causeway (15.5 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  10 p.m.
Depart by:  12 p.m.

Late departures/early arrivals are welcome to wait in the spacious car park area.

Watertop Open Farm cancellation policy

Balance refunds: no penalties

Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

The remainder is payable direct to Watertop Open Farm on arrival.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • How much is payable upfront? A 15% transferable deposit is payable when you book, with the balance payable on arrival. Read more
  • Does Watertop Open Farm have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Watertop Open Farm dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Watertop Open Farm? Local attractions and activities include: - Ballyvoy (restaurants): five minutes’ drive - Golf: five minutes - Ballycastle (restaurants): five minutes - Ballycastle beach: 10 minutes - Fair Head (climbing): 10 minutes - … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Watertop Open Farm?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  10 p.m.
    Depart by:  12 p.m.

    Late departures/early arrivals are welcome to wait in the spacious car park area.

    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Watertop Open Farm? From £23 (for 1 night, 3 people) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
There is no reception at this site. Please check in at the Farm house instead.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

Extras
Facilities/activities including Crazy golf, firepits are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
Bookings must not be for more than 14 consecutive nights.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Please note that the toilet/shower facilities are unisex.
Quiet hours must be respected between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m..
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 2 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Safety
If making a fire, the fuel, logs and coal have to be purchased on site.

Additional terms

Guests staying on grass pitches will be asked to move their tent every 4 or 5 days so as to allow the grass to recover.

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