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Ireland’s Top 5 Places To Camp

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Some time ago I spoke with Aaron Scantlebury, Manager of Millets Camping Store, Dublin City. Aaron and I got talking about Irelands best places to go camping.

In short, Aaron and his team compiled and completed an in store survey to find The Top 5 places to camp in Ireland, as chosen by the people who liked camping. The following are their results and findings.

The top 5 places to camp in Ireland:

  1. Glenmalur Valley along Avonbeg River – Wicklow mountains [most admitted to being semi wild campers]
  2. Hidden Valley, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow.
  3. Carrowkeel Camping and caravan park. Castlebar-Mayo
  4. Actons Camping park. Claddaghduff, Clifden-Galway [although there were less votes – of note here is that they had by far the best comments than any of the others]
  5. Lough Ennell camping site

In relation to this survey customers were asked:

  1. Is this your first time camping?
  2. Where have you camped before that you would recommend to others?

The results of questions 1 & 2 above are as follows:

  • 42% were either first time campers who were purchasing prior to making a decision on where they were going to camp.
  • 23% were festival goers
  • 34 % therefore voted on the Top 5 Camping Places Survey

Aaron sent this email with the survey results

Hi Peter

attached is the list compiled. It is interesting to note that the vast majority of customers were either camping at a festival or had never been camping before and were trying it for the first time [most of which switched the question back on us to ask us for a recommended campsite!].

It should also be noted that the survey was carried out throughout the month of August which was our peak trading time and when compared to last year, the style, purpose and nature of camping gear sold was vastly different to the same period last year. This is also indicative of the results of our survey.

It was a revealing survey that we will expand on next year. Certainly it does not reflect the “at hand pointers to camping sites” that are available to the public via the internet and government “approved” sources!

Aaron Scantlebury, Manager
Millets Camping
61-62 Mary Street
Dublin 1

Other questions we asked included:

  1. What are your recommendations based on?
  2. Are you upgrading your tent/equipment and if so why?
  3. What was the main reason for making your purchase with us today?
  • Value for money.
  • Specification of product
  • Service provided.
  • Brand loyalty.
  • Other.

Aaron will be live in studio on The SodShow this Friday to discuss this. If you have any queries you can leave a comment here or contact me via

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Lough Ennell Caravan and Camping

I did do a post on Lough Ennell. This post however is about Lough Ennell camp site….

I was so impressed with Lough Ennell Camp Site, you simply wouldn’t believe it. First up, let me break this down for you, it is not a 5 star hotel. I shall proceed…. 😉

Family run and owned, the first thing I noticed when I arrived on a Thursday afternoon was that the resident mobile homes had their own wee little gardens, hanging baskets, garden gnomes even and beautiful veranda’s. The point of noting that and my reason for noticing is that people who are there for the short term don’t make long term home improvements. There was a sense of pride about the place.

It’s not until one meets Eamonn O’Malley that you realise why the people stay. I was so impressed with Eamonn’s ethos and the work his family have done over the last years, that I interviewed him for The SodShow – the garden radio programme I present.

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The bathrooms were clean. The campsite is constantly being improved so I was told and as was blatantly evident to see. Signs were multi-lingual and the waste bins were segregated into what could and couldn’t be recycled. I liked the shop, the food is great and also good value. They even sell ice.

What you may also notice for the tents people is that where I pitched my tent, the lawn is raised, so when the rainy day does arrive, it drains just that little bit quicker. Believe me, the amount of times I have seen a tent pitched in what could be considered a potentially very large puddle. It is the little things.

But more than that, for me, it is the people that make a place and this the O’Malley family did extremely well.

Did I tell you the campsite is [really] just a stones throw from Lough Ennell. Happy days. I could have stayed there for three weeks. I might just do that….

If you are popping into Mullingar Town Centre, I will highly recommend C.R. Tormey Butchers – they are located in the shopping centre that includes a Dunnes Stores. Polite, friendly, good value and darned tasty ! Well worth a visit. I still miss his fancy sausages.

Also Hamills garage. If your car should should break down…. or you are simply automotively inept like myself, look no further.
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