Turnberry Holiday Park, Girvan, Ayrshire
With staycation searches soaring, caravans are cool and for those who don’t want to hit the highway towing one behind the family car, the static version offers an easy option. Caravan parks have a range of facilities and it’s easy to stay in your bubble while Covid continues, at the same time exploring what Ayrshire has to offer.
In a beautiful location minutes from the nearest beach, Turnberry Holiday Park near Girvan has Instagrammable sea views and facilities that include a heated indoor pool, clubhouse with restaurant and bar and live entertainment, adventure playground for kids, a shop and launderette.
With beaches and nature trails on the doorstep and historic sites galore, not to mention world class golf, exploring the great outdoors is easy, while back on the Park the small swimming pool and sauna can be pre-booked for those who prefer to relax on-site.
Social distancing around the park: There are one-way systems clearly marked around the park and internal areas, and hand sanitiser stations at the entrance and exit to venues, facilities, and offices.
Face masks are worn in all internal areas on the park.
Cashless/contactless transactions are encouraged and card readers accept contactless payments up to £45.
Paperless check-in: Prior to arrival guests are emailed with information on what to expect on check-in and park information including map and a courtesy call to check arrival time and give directions to accommodation.
Check-in is drive-through, with a traffic marshal to assist in finding accommodation. Keys are in the accommodation.
The park is paperless, with a downloadable park app before arrival and for pre-booking activities.
Accommodation: On arrival accommodation will be sealed with a door sticker and an eco-friendly sanitiser is provided. The housekeeping team wear gloves, masks and aprons when cleaning. All sheets, duvet covers and pillows cases are washed at high temperatures. All surfaces will be cleaned with a disposable cloth and disinfectant.
Budget or boutique?
Turnberry Holiday Park offers a range of caravans “from comfort to luxury”.
All caravans - classified as Original, Comfort and Luxury - are decorated in relaxing neutrals, with bed linen and beds made up, fully equipped kitchens with cutlery and crockery, fridges, cookers, kettles, toasters and microwaves, freeview TV and gas/electric fires in the lounge. Cots, bed guards and high chairs can be pre-booked. Comfort caravans have Freeview TVs, heating throughout, while the Luxury caravans also have central heating and fridge/freezers, and some have a patio/terrace with outdoor seating.
Wining and Dining
The onsite Ailsa Restaurant and Bar serves hot meals, snacks and light bites and has a varied drinks menu. Prefer to self-cater? There’s a shop on site and a choice of shops and food outlets in Girvan and beyond.
Worth Getting Out of Bed For
Head off on day trips to Girvan, Ballantrae or Stranraer, the Robert Burns Museum, Culzean Castle, Dumfries House, Dean Castle Country Park or take a wander to the beach where you can while away the hours rockpooling, swimming and beachcombing.
For golfers the famous Turnberry is two miles away from the Park and has three courses including the Ailsa, which has hosted The Open Championship on four occasions.
Prefer to stay put? Kick back around your caravan and enjoy the indoor pool, adventure playground, clubhouse with live entertainment, restaurant and bar. If even that sounds too strenuous for stressed-out vacationers, book a caravan with outside decking and it’s just a matter of throwing open the door, arranging yourself on a lounger with a refreshment in hand and enjoying the sea air.
The Park is pet-friendly and has a good range of suitable accommodation with dog bowls and baskets. Throw in the long, sandy beaches and coastal paths and you and your pooch will be in doggy heaven.
Whether the weather’s wet and wild or sunny and mild, this small caravan park by the beach is a haven for humans and hounds to kick back and relax or get out and explore Ayrshire.
Prices Book a break at Turnberry Holiday Park on Monday 17 May for four nights staying in an Original two bedroom caravan (sleeps six) from £139.
Book a break at Turnberry Holiday Park on Saturday 10 July for seven nights staying in a Comfort two bedroom caravan (sleeps six) from £519.
Turnberry Holiday Park, Girvan KA26 9JW (Tel: 01655 331 288, www.turnberryholidaypark.co.uk)