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by Shikainah Champion-Samuel (subscribe)
A great believer in exploring the off beat, non-touristy things hidden inside every city. For my professional practice check
Published August 19th 2015
Yes it does what it says on the tin
"5 minute walk from the beach, verdant green, friendly people, activities for all the family" were some of the things that Park Resorts boasted of when we looked at holidaying in their caravan park located off the Ayrshire coast in Scotland. And indeed, it was just that!

Aerial view of the caravan park and beach
Yes, it was indeed a few minutes walk to the beach

I am just back from a wonderful week in Saltcoats, Ayrshire, Scotland, staying in a static caravan at Park Resorts Sandyland Holiday Park. It was my first visit to Scotland, but certainly won't be my last. Sea, mountains and pristinely preserved stretches of green seem to go along with you, wherever you turn.

sea, sun, sand
Unspoilt and utopian

We didn't want to have to pack a calendar and so contented ourselves with starting our days around 12pm after a lazy brunch (the caravans being self-catering you can choose to cook as much or as little as you want to). Besides going on long drives along the coast, we visited some spots unique to the area like the Electric Brae (which is a gravity hill where an optical illusion operates, making it seem as though a free standing car is being pulled gently uphill!) and Culzean castle, a spectacular cliff top castle overlooking the sea. We also watched a lot of mindless televsion indoors. Oh yes, we also tried our luck at the resort's clubhouse over bngo and took part in some family-friendly entertainment, some of which will forever form part of our family's funny memories (my husband participated in a game which finally ended up as the guys having to do a fashion show dressed as women!).

There were other activities for the kids on offer by their very energetic bunch of kids entertainers. The only flip side was that the indoor pool was not heated enough and so my younger one had to get out almost as soon as she had got in as she just could not manage.

clubhouse, park resorts
Of eating and entertaining-the clubhouse in foreground

Park Resorts has other caravan parks all over the UK for both renting and owning. So, yes, all in all, this stay 'did exactly what it said on the tin', with good value for money.

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Why? Their caravan holidays are good value for money
Phone: 08433092571
Where: Saltcoats, Ayrshire
Cost: Varies- depending on type of caravan and season
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