Sites in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales made up just over a fifth of sites in the running to receive gongs at the Top 100 Awards ceremony held at the Hilton Hotel at Birmingham’s NEC.
Rushin House (below) in Co Fermanagh clinched the national award for Northern Ireland, but owner Cathal O’Dolan told Practical Caravan that they owed a lot to Top 100 rivals Ballyness Caravan Park in Co Antrim. “We got a lot of help and advice from Ballyness Caravan Park when we started. They set the standard that we aspired to.”
Cathal’s reckoning that spotless facilities are the key to running a successful site was confirmed by one of his guests, who told him: “You have a fantastic location and the scenery is lovely, but if the washrooms were dirty, none of that would matter.” Cathal adds: “We have a very loyal customer base, people take pride in the park.”
Scotland’s six finalists were:
Grantown-on-Spey Caravan Park, The Highlands
Kippford Holiday Park, Kirkcudbrightshire
Muasdale Holiday Park, Argyll
North Ledaig Caravan Park, Oban, Argyll & Bute
Point Sands Holiday Park, Argyll
Yellowcraig Caravan Club Site, East Lothian
The national winner for Scotland (below) was Kippford Holiday Park.
Most of the 13 Welsh finalists were located in the north of the country with only Llandow Touring Park in the Vale of Glamorgan, showing for the south. The remaining finalists were:
Bryn Gloch Caravan and Camping Park, Gwynedd
Plas Farm Caravan Park, Conwy
The Plassey Leisure Park, Wrexham
Tyddyn Du Touring Park, Conwy
Tyddyn Isaf Camping and Caravan Park, Isle of Anglesey
Tyddyn Llwyn Touring Park, Gwynedd
Tynllwyn Caravan and Camping Site, Gwynedd
The Plassey Leisure Park (below) repeated its success of 2012, taking the 2013 national gong.
Congratulations to all the finalists, regional and national winners. The overall winner of the Top 100 Sites 2013 was Bath Chew Valley, North Somerset. Voting for Top 100 Sites 2014 kicks off at Easter.