Watertop Open Farm

From £20 For 1 night, 3 adults 9.4 132 reviews
Lake on site (added by manager 06 Sep 2022)
Pitches on site (added by manager 06 sep 2022)
Hardstanding touring pitches (added by manager 21 feb 2022)
Camping pitches for tents (added by manager 20 apr 2022)

  • 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.

Site type

Tent pitches 10
Touring caravan pitches 6
Motorhome pitches 6
Open now

Tourist board rating

Please note
  • 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.
  • No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
  • Facilities/activities including Crazy golf, firepits are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.
  • Bookings must not be for more than 7 consecutive nights.
  • If making a fire, the fuel, logs and coal have to be purchased on site.
  • 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.

Languages spoken

English

Open from Fri, 29 Mar to

Pitch types & availability

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The facilities were spotless. Hot and clean showers. Toilets were cleaned regularly.…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Danielle O. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Fully-serviced gravel and hardstanding touring pitch

Liked: The facilities were spotless. Hot and clean showers. Toilets were cleaned regularly. Beautiful scenery, fantastic walks on site. Owner was very helpful. Beautiful little museum cottage on site that had a log fire every evening, perfect for toasting marshmallows with younger members of the family.

Disliked: Nothing we disliked! We will definitely be back.

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Laid back, chilled out, quite and only a short drive to town.…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 6
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 2
Nathan M. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch

Liked: Laid back, chilled out, quite and only a short drive to town.

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Peacefulness Surroundings The waterfalls and walks on the site Being in nature Facilities were very clean Helpfulness…

Overall 8/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 8
Facilities / Activities 6
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Jo D. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Fully-serviced gravel and hardstanding touring pitch

Liked: Peacefulness Surroundings The waterfalls and walks on the site Being in nature Facilities were very clean Helpfulness of the owners Convenient to access the North Atlantic coast including The Giants Causeway. Proximity of Ballycastle which is a nice town

Disliked: The farm is in the process of changing from an activity centre and whilst the owners are upfront about that some of the areas look a bit sad

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Fantastic site in great location

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 6
Jennifer T. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric optional grass tent or trailer tent pitch

Liked: Nice quiet campsite, clean, tidy, with all the required facilities. If you have kids there is play area and some extras like go karts C and mini golf. Farm Animals to see around the site and some nice evening walks around the grounds. Lovely welcoming staff! Great location for causeway coast tourist area

Disliked: Only an observation… Could do with some more dish washing sinks on a busy day but facilities all .

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Facilities clean. Nice and peaceful site. My partner's child loved the animals,…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 8
Wifi No rating
Nicola W. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric optional grass tent or trailer tent pitch

Liked: Facilities clean. Nice and peaceful site. My partner's child loved the animals, slide and go-karts. Great to be able to hire a fire pit at a reasonable price too.

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Lovely staff very welcoming and facilities all clean and looked after.…

Overall 10/10
Location 8
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 8
Wifi No rating
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch

Liked: Lovely staff very welcoming and facilities all clean and looked after.

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An overall excellent stay!!

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 2
Lorna M. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric optional grass tent or trailer tent pitch

Liked: Open space, Great Views, Fantastic Walks. Quiet area, picnic tables, big pitch area. You can loan a firepit and logs and have a campfire beside your tent. Games for children. Hot showers and clean toilets. Easy check in, no wifi but good 4G/5G. Just look for your name on the board to get your pitch number :)

Disliked: Wished the toilets were closer to the campsite but can't be helped.

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Will definitely be back!

Overall 8/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Electric optional grass tent or trailer tent pitch

Liked: Nice quiet farm with easy self check in. Pitches where very well spread out. Lovely location! My two year old loved the animals and the park! Facilities where clean and staff where friendly.

Disliked: Little bit run down, could be excellent if the Childrens park, go carts and mini golf where done up a bit, but the farm does have great potential!!

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Great stay, recommended!!

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitch

Liked: We all had a great time at this lovely farm and we definitely plan to return again. The pitch site was lovely and spacious with beautiful countryside views. There's little activities and walks to keep the kids happy and great on site facilities.

Disliked: None

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Sehr liebevoll gestaltete Camping Platz, tolle Ausstattung, sogar Mini-Golf und Kettcar-Platz. Sehr…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Jens S. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Fully-serviced gravel and hardstanding touring pitch

Liked: Sehr liebevoll gestaltete Camping Platz, tolle Ausstattung, sogar Mini-Golf und Kettcar-Platz. Sehr große Stellplätze, ruhig. Sehr freundlicher Besitzer

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Features

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

Baby-changing facilities

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

Portable toilet

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

Motorhome service point

Water hook-up points for tourers

Location

Watertop Open Farm

188 Cushendall Road

Ballyvoy

Ballycastle

Co. Antrim

Northern Ireland

BT54 6RN

Directions

Timezone

Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)

GPS

55.17331°N
-6.13432°W

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

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.

Water quality at nearby bathing waters

Name Distance Type 2020 2019 2018 2017
Ballycastle 4.2 mi Sea Good Good Excellent Good
Waterfoot 8.3 mi Sea N/A N/A N/A N/A
Carnlough 14.1 mi Sea N/A Good Good N/A
Portballintrae (Salmon Rock) 16.4 mi Sea Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Portrush (Whiterocks) 19 mi Sea Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent

Data source: European Environment Agency

Must see

Giant's Causeway, Antrim, Northern Ireland 15.6 mi

National Trust

Carrick-a-Rede 9.6 mi

Giant's Causeway 15.5 mi

Portstewart Strand 23.3 mi

Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House 27.1 mi

Cycle routes

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

Other

RATHLIN (CURRENT BOUNDARY FROM 01/03/2006) 9.3 mi

LARNE LOUGH ISLANDS (CURRENT BOUNDARY FROM 01/01/1998) 28.2 mi

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

  • 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. –  9 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.

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

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  • How much does it cost to stay at Watertop Open Farm? From £20 (for 1 night, 3 people) - prices may change depending on your dates and party.