I have been going camping for quite a number of years now, my aunt used to take me and my cousin camping when we were kids, my cousin hated it but I was the opposite I loved camping, she took us to a few places but mostly to the mourne mountains, Newcastle Co. Down. The views here were absolutely amazing. My aunt never actually camped on a site she would just pitch up her tent in the middle of the mountain somewere, on this particular occassion we had just settled after the tent was put up and midges were everywere, we were partically being eaten alive, this didn't bother me in the slightest and while everyone was running about frantic, I just sat there quite happy admiring the wonderful views and ignoring everything else that was going on around me, even to this day my aunt still talks about that trip and how amazed she was at me just sitting there
Back in 2006 we took our three kids camping although we did go to a campsite, we went to the Rock campsite which is situated on the Slievenaman road in Newcastle, I must add the site is quite hard to find if you dont know were you are going as it is actually up on the mountain. Eventually we found the site, it was quite small and the owners were really friendly and welcoming, the cost for a tent was approx £7.00 per night. We were showed were we could pitch our tent and off we went, it was only then we realised just how small this place really was, there was about three caravans and just the one tent which was us, the land was quite slopped and there was two levels of grass, we were on the top level, anyway we got the tent up and we down to the entrance to explore, the building were we had paid was also a coffee shop which sold milk, bread, scones, tea and coffee etc.
Further down the pathway was the ladies and gents loos, apart from these two buildings thats all there was two the site. The toilets had a sink which was also the wash facilities which I thought there could have been at least a shower block, this was the only fault I had about the campsite. We got our first night over and waking in the morning to the peace and quite atmosphere was great, The views we awoke to were absolutely amazing, I could have sat there looking out into the mountain for hours!
As I said the site is on the mourne mountains and we were quite a distance from anywere, so luckily enough hubby was driving at the time, however there was a bus that came along the main road that took people into Newcastle, that passed by every hour or so.
The Rock campsite was small and comfortable and reasonably priced, over looking the beauty of the Mourne mountains, so for anyone planning a visit to Northern Ireland I would highly recommend the Rock!!
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