This is a huge holiday park with lots and lots of caravans and leads right down to the sea. The caravans are all very well spaced out and the roads between them are well maintained and wide enough for two cars to pass. There are hundreds of things to do for children, even if it's raining, and therefore it is the ideal place to take them on holiday.
The main complex has two huge clubs with entertainment and big bars in both. They are separated by lots of coin-hungry amusement machines. One of the clubs had a three piece, good quality, band playing, and the other had a female singing to some backing tracks. DJs filled all the slots between their performances. The children all loved it. Everyone was happy. The kids could do whatever they wanted and the adults could sit and have a drink. There was a separate bar for those who didn't want to share their space with kids, and even that had a singing guitarist man entertaining them.
The under sixteeners have all to leave at midnight and the DJ keeps playing until the bar gets quiet and the punters have 'pulled'. It was certainly a great place for the future young disco divas to practice wandering around posing. There was a small pack of about eight of them that wandered around together all night, on and off the dance floor every half song.
All the staff were customer friendly and there were plenty of eating places. There is a chinese food caravan right in your way when you're leaving and it is hard to get by it without being tempted to buy a hot dish. (okay, I have no self control )
Plenty of family fun. This park has loads to do, play parks amusement arcades and pubs and clubs. Can be expensive.
It has issues with cleanliness but this has to be expected with such a busy place. Loads of family entertainment.
Private caravan hire is an option and can work out cheaper, discounted vouchers can be collected in local press.
We had a Fantastic week here last October, it is a very big camp and we were situated at the top just near the main entrance so were quite a walk from the main facilities but the views were Fantastic.
The Caravan was a new model so had no problems with it, it was lovely and clean and had everything we needed in it.
The camp its self was well maintained and clean. The Main Bar/ Pub served food which was of a good standard and very reasonably priced. The Entertainment was good, and pleanty of variety, the kids loved the shows. The Bars and shops were clean and well staffed with cheerful, friendly staff.
There was a bus service from the camp into Ayr, we bought familey tickets which covered us all day round and about Ayr and took us into Glasgow at a cost of £16 (Check the back of the ticket for the full area covered by the ticket)
The Swimming pool was very big with water slides great for a few hours fun in the water for the kids.
There was pleanty on through the week, and it was a great base for exploring Ayr and the surrounding areas.
A great Holiday would definatley go back to this Camp.
I recently worked here a few years ago as sports assistant. It is just like every other holiday camp except craig tara has stunning views of arran and the sea. It is also set quite high up so the views are amazing. The place itself is run ok. I feel the entertain was a bit dated and the full park could do with a modernisation to bring it up to date. The majority of staff are foreign and some struggle to speak english. The pool has recently been updated and it looks great this is definatly the highlight of the holiday. The fast food places are really tasty but can be quite expensive and so can the drinks.
Overall i think it would be better to spend the money on a holiday abroad as i works no cheaper at craig tara and the weather is not that hot
i went here for a long weekend in april. fortunately the weather was niceish (it was not raining) so this helped a lot. i went with my sister and our 2 kids. the play park was the best thing about it, the kids played here for hours and they had picnic benches around the park so you can take lunch with you and get a few hours out of it. the kids entertainment was great and they both loved it and had there pictures taken with the characters. what i didn't like about this place was that everywhere you turn there was something else to spend your money on, teddies, sweets, glow sticks and such items.
this particular time we were in a chalet, it was cold and you could hear the people next doors conversations. a few of the dishes were dirty and the fridge was slightly broken, the bit in the door for the milk was broken off so you had to lie it in the fridge which leads to leakage. (messy)
the staff were all so sickeningly nice ALL the time, but helpful all the same.
on the whole it was bearable and condiering what we paid for the holiday it was acceptable, just!
I have travelled to Craig Tara Holiday Park in Ayr on a yearly basis for the last four years and watched it go down hill faster than an avalanche. I can honestly say the first year I went (2004) I loved it, came home with lots of good things to say about the place but since then I have been a lot less enthusiastic about it. After a poor holiday last year I had to give returning some serious thought but as they have done every year before my fiancées mum and dad went ahead and booked for the following year. As our holiday approached this year we tried to put last year out of our minds and be optimistic about this years holiday, all telling each other that it would be as good as we made it and that last year hadn't really been that bad but we were kidding ourselves and really we should have prepared ourselves for what lay ahead rather than try to look forward to it.
On arrival the first thing we noticed was the lack of people waiting to check in and this left us worried straight away. The first year we went we were all ushered through to one of the show bars to line up in massive cues waiting to check in, the second year we checked in at the front lounge but still had to cue for ages, last year although the cues were no where near as bad we still had around a quarter of an hours wait, this year we just strolled in, went straight to the desk and picked up our keys. This by the way has nothing to do with the time of the year we travelled because give or take a couple of days it has been the same time each year. On arrival you get a map and your keys to the caravan or chalet you will be staying in and enough passes for everyone in your party to get them entrance to the bars at night and the swimming pool, this is all they cover and you have to pay and pay dearly for everything else!
Our caravan this year was the one saviour of the holiday. Last years caravan although supposedly of a higher calibre was an absolute disgrace where as this years was fairly new and quite clean well with the exception of the condom wrapper under the mattress of the bed I intended to put my son in. The kitchen was clean and all the utensils were there, the table and stools in the living area were at least stable unlike the wobbly legged ones we had last year and the caravan was slightly warmer although the weather was very similar, I guess this must have been because it was newer and maybe not as many draughts got in. Our caravan was situated in Carrick village which for me is one of the better parts of the park, quite central but away from the noisiest parts although this year there weren't enough people at the park for it to be noisy anyway.
Things to do for the kids:
My four year old son is very easy to please as a lot of kids his age are so for him it was still a great holiday despite the lack of things to do. We knew from previous years that the variety of things for the kids to do was not great but this was saved by the daytime shows and activities in one of the show bars however this year the shows and activities were few and far between the reason for which we were told was the fact that the park wasn't busy! Like that's our fault. We have paid our money and expect to get treated the same as others would at busier times otherwise they should just stay closed until peak season. Besides the shows or lack of them as the case may be there is a small area sectioned off with a few kiddies rides and the worst kept crazy golf park I have ever seen, a couple of bouncy castles and go karts which this year were no good to my son as they had taken away the two seater kart so I wasn't able to take him on and you have to be eight or over to drive them yourself. Outside of this area there is a fairly decent play park although it is unattended so the older kids tend to run riot through it making it difficult for the younger ones to play peacefully. Then there is the dreaded amusements which I will go into in greater depth later, apart from that unless you get good enough weather for the beach or want to spend your entire holiday at the pool then you have had it. I will also go into more detail about the pool later.
Things to do for the adults:
I have always seen holiday parks as fun for the kids through the day and good entertainment for the adults at night, which this park used to provide I might add. Now however the entertainment or lack of it is a thorough disgrace. Two years ago we were treated to showaddywaddy and paper lace as well as an entertaining circus which provided balancing acts, fire eating and comedy of a high standard, as well as great music and dancing from the on park entertainers known as the funstars. This year however we were forced to play prize bingo or listen to an endless rabble of local singers who couldn't actually sing. Worse still there were shows advertised which never took place and sometimes the show bar you expected to be
my friend has just returned from 5 days there, and she was disgusted at the state of the chalet she was given, she was there with her husband, daughter and new baby. The first chalet she was given, was covered in rubbish, and the whole place smelt of urine !!! The second one was not much better, with holes in the doors and walls, where someone had obviously kicked and punched them ! She said the swimming pool was lovely, and the entertainment was good, but she just felt dirty all the time she was in the chalet. The problem is she had already booked another week up there in October, with a few other family members, so fingers crossed they get a nice CLEAN chalet or caravan.
Personally I think that even though very big and at times very busy, it is a great base for a trip to Ayr. You don't have to stay on site and/or use the facilities all day, so bear this in mind if you think you wouldn't enjoy the volume of people and all the shows etc available. In the right parts of the site, especially in the newer Golf Village, you can have a fairly relaxed caravan holiday in pleasant surroundings and be easily able to do various day trips into the surrounding area by car. Best asset, apart from the sea views, has to be the multi-level indoor swimming complex!
Just back from a 3 day weekend break to Craig Tara holiday park outside Ayr and I must say it hasn't half changed since the days I last visited the place when it fell under the Butlins umbrella.The first thing you notice,or in fact nearly miss,
is the entrance to the place.In days gone by you could spot the site quite a bit away as there were flags flying along the roadside,all that remains there are giant hedges which totally block any indication that there is anything behind it at all.
The park itself is clean and tidy which I must admit is maintained at all times.
All the caravans are sited into little individual villages which each consists of approx.100 caravans.The accomodation is suitable for holiday purposes and although not luxurious are by no means basic or lacking.
We visited all the attractions the park has to offer during our break so unless you're looking for an adventure holiday or somewhere you can later say was too big to see everything in the time available you can easily get to grips with what the park offers in a short few days.Prices for some things were more expensive than I had expected although when you're on holiday your mentality on spending seems to go out the window so it seems the norm after a while to pay over £2 for a bottle of Coke etc.You can eat at various places such as the ever popular Burger King lol.There is a great restaurant/bar called Mash and Barrel which I can recommend as the portions are very good and quality of food cannot be faulted.
Entertainment can take on many guises depending on what you consider entertaining for instance if you like going to what can only be described as a giant licensed kids party with stage shows then you can have that.If you want to quickly and I mean quickly get rid of your hard earned cash on amusements then there sure is plenty opportunity to do so.
During the day you can revel in the leisure pool which is something to behold as its on 3 different levels with pools,slides,flumes etc to suit all ages and capabilities.
All in all I can say that my holiday to Craig Tara was unlike the holidays I used to enjoy there when it was Butlins but still enjoyable enough.
We had a brilliant caravan, Gas certificate on boiler had only been installed 6 weeks before our arrival so it was a very new caraven. Having heard some terrible reviews we were not looking forward to going.
Wellit was OK, but as my OH said, not great for a child over 5 as then they will realise how bad it actually is.
Went to childrens club one day, personally a meeting of children in a smelly dark bar area isnt fun and my child didnt enjoy it either.
Pool was freezing, staying in about 5 mins, one word of advice, take flip flops, floor dirty and not one you would want to walk bare foot on.
Staff ok, tried to help but having left something behind, I called 9 times and no one could help. Gave up on it in the end.
Up shot, run down park, not much to do for smaller children, NO food for children unless you feel that Burger king or chips is food.
Only good part was our lovely caraven. oh and coming home.
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