Just back from a very enjoyable trip around Ireland. Nagle's never fails to disappoint. It was very busy and amazes me how they attract so many tourers mid week. The site was practically full every evening that we were there.
On the Covid front - everything was as Aaron had said on his post and seriously with the numbers on site it is a credit to Ken and his team that the site is immaculate.
Not all the hardstandings are fully serviced so had to use the Motorhome service point to get drinking water and to empty the wastemaster....not a big issue, it helped with my step count...! My only gripe though is that to attach an awning to a caravan you have to be parallel with the grass but by having the electric connection on the offside corner, it is not possible to have the caravan back far enough to enable the car to be parked properly in front of the caravan (the way that Ken wants them parked for uniformity).
All in all - a definite 8/10 and will certainly be back.
We always love our stays at Nagle's - we squeezed a night there in early March literally as Ken opened for the season - and then had to close again for lockdown. Motorhomes need to stick to the roads and hardstanding - as we found to our embarrassment one of the grassed areas was VERY soft and we made the novice mistake of getting stuck - thanks Ken for the drag out - mortified!
Gus O'Connors is an equal attraction - cant wait to get back there again soon!
St. Patrick's Day in Doolin, this is really a traditional Irish start to the season. This was our first time in Nagles, and coming from Dublin it was a long drive. We decided that the four day weekend gave us the excuse to take on a slightly longer journey.
We stopped overnight in Ballinasloe on the Wednesday evening, more of that in the Galway forum.
We arrived at 11ish on Paddy's Day. Before getting to the nuts and bolts, its probably important to stress just how beautiful the surrounding area is. The Burren is breathtakingly beautiful. Waking up in the morning to these views is genuinely good for the soul. Sure, it's very windy, and the wind does dampen down the temperature a little, but hey this is the Wild Atlantic Way.
Back to the facilities. The reception was easy and very friendly. Barriers work on number plate recognition, so you can come in and out easily. The shop wasnt open, but there is a shop, which is no bad thing, because it is a 10-15 min walk back to Doolin.
The toilets, showers, campers kitchen and disposal block are all in good shape. Nothing fancy, but very clean.
There is a lovely playground and plenty of room for kids to run around in.
The pitches are a decent size. There were lots of hardstands, all with grass beside. Plenty of grass areas for camping on too. There were a few tents there when we were there. Brave types!
Nearby, there is a ferry from Doolin Pier to the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher. About 200m away there is a pitch and putt course. About 10-12 mins walk takes you back to Doolin village. The village is very spread out. There are some lovely pubs, good pints, very good trad and some lovely food. Plenty of craft shops. Its definitely easier to buy an aran sweater than a pint of milk. Out of season, I'd definitely recommend doing a bit of a shop before you get down.
Nearby are the Doolin Caves, Ailwee Caves, Burren, Cliffs of Moher interpretive centre. Nearby towns are Lahinch, Lisdoonvarna and Ennistimon. Plenty of places to visit, but you will definitely need wheels to do it.
Definitely a site worth coming back to. Its a stretch from Dublin and I would probably come back as part of a bigger holiday. I would definitely like to see the place in the Summer.
Lovely to meet Aaron and Charlie too.