Set on a gentle hill above the sandy Blue Flag Beaches of Rosses Point peninsula, Greenlands Caravan & Camping Park is an ideal family campsite in County Sligo, in the Republic of Ireland. Staying on a pitch in this well-drained six-acre campsite gives you direct access to two safe beaches.
Hardstanding and grass pitches have magnificent views of the mountains and sea. The site reception building also houses a welcoming campers' lounge, with a TV and comfy sofas. There's also a lovely campers' kitchen and a handy laundry room. The washrooms have clean and tidy toilets, hot showers and a chemical disposal point.
There is a Mace supermarket in Cartron and a shop in a garage near the village of Rosses Point. Look out for Harry's Bar and Gastro Pub (www.harrysrossespoint.com) and Yeats Country Hotel (www.yeatscountryhotel.com).
Sligo City is just 8km away and we'd recommend stocking up with food supplies here before coming to the naturally beautiful and unspoilt Rosses Point peninsula.
If you like to combine a round of golf with your camping and caravanning holidays in Ireland, you'll be delighted to see that right next door is the beautiful County Sligo Golf Course, with its Watchtower Restaurant and bar (www.countysligogolfclub.ie). The course is built to take advantage of the natural contours of the sand dunes and has been here since 1894. There's a challenging 18-hole championship links, a nine-hole Bomore course, a driving range and practice facilities. Day visitors are welcome to play at all times of the year and groups of golfers are also welcome, by arrangement.
There's also a sailing club, just 100m away. Sligo Yacht Club (www.sligoyachtclub.ie) runs sailing courses for juniors and adults and is keen to welcome visitors.
If you enjoy sightseeing, there are many local attractions near Rosses Point. They include Sligo Abbey, which is said to have helped to inspire Bram Stoker to write Dracula (http://www.sligo-ireland.com/history.htm) and the medieval Ballymote Castle, which has an excellent park and children's play area.
Those who like insights into Ireland's prehistoric past will enjoy visiting the largest Megalithic Cemetery in Ireland, Carrowmore on the R292, a couple of miles from Sligo Town, heading for Strandhill. There you can see 30 of the 60 tombs and visit a cottage converted into a small visitor centre.
Near here Carrowkeel, with its Neolithic passage tomb, makes a wonderful walking destination. It's set on a beautiful limestone mountainside (www.megalithicireland.com), especially aligned with Knocknarea. It is possible to drive a car up the single track to the tiny car park halfway up the mountain, then walk the rest.
Ten minutes from Sligo Town is the Drumcliffe Round Tower and 10th-Century High Cross, where St Colmcille (St Columb) founded a monastery in 574 AD.
Look up from Greenlands Caravan & Camping Park towards flat-topped Knocknarea Mountain, where the 200ft long x 40ft tall Maeve's Cairn is another place you might like to visit. Legend has it that Queen Maeve was killed by her nephew, who loaded his sling-shot with cheese. The cairn has never been opened and is thought to contain a Neolithic passage tomb built around 3,000BC.
Ireland's famous poet William Butler Yeates (1865–1939) loved Rosses Point and Sligo so much that he wrote these words.
“Under bare Ben Bulben’s head
In Drumcliff churchyard Yeats is laid.
An ancestor was rector there
Long years ago, a church stands near,
By the road an ancient cross.
No marble, no conventional phrase;
On limestone quarried near the spot
By his command these words are cut:
Cast a cold eye
On life, on death.
Horseman pass by!“
Just the last three lines are on his grave in Drumcliff Church, north of Sligo Town.
Toilets, hot showers, campers' kitchen, laundry facilities and a motorhome service point, special needs suite at the back of the toilet block, TV, games rooms, outdoor play area, resident manager, night security. There are 100 hard standings for caravans or motorhomes, all with electricity. Tents are pitched on sandy grass. There are no on-site bars or restaurants, because the owners hope you'll boost the local economy by visiting the shops, pubs and restaurants in Rosses Point village, just a five-minute stroll away.
Based on 2 review(s)
Co. down 21 Aug 2011
Ive been going to greenlands for 14 years now with my family and it is simply great nice friendly people great for kids and beautiful views. Night security and spotless toilets and washrooms. Run by a really nice family never had any problems on the site in the 14 years ive been going there 5 stars!
Tyrone 22 Mar 2011
This is a small caravan park situated in the beautiful village of Rosses Point.It is a friendly family-run site and is always spotlessly clean.It caters for families and the lay out makes it an ideal place for children.The facilities are excellent and well maintained.The quietness at night suits older people