Review Date: July 2010
Deighan Caravans is a medium / large 4 star caravan park located 9 miles from Coleraine and 11 miles from Limavady. The site is just off the B69 Seacoast Road. The park opens from 1st April through to 30th September.
Our first encounter with Deighan’s was in May time when we were looking into the possibility of spending a week or so in Benone. As we were down in Portrush for the day with some family, we went for a drive out to Benone to check out the 3 caravan parks there: Deighan’s, Golden Sands and Benone Tourist Complex. I called into the office of Deighan’s and asked if we could drive through the park to have a look around. The person on reception didn’t allow us to take our cars in but said we could walk through. Deighan’s site seemed spacious and well laid out and in general we liked the look of the park. By way of comparison, Golden Sands seemed a little cramped and tightly packed. Benone Tourist Complex looked quite good and it was a tough call between it and Deighan’s. We settled on Deighan’s.
We reserved a hard-stand site at £20 per night including electricity. A deposit of £80 was required with the rest due on arrival. Upon paying the deposit we were immediately sent an email confirming our arrival date, departure date, amount paid to date, confirmation number and park rules. The park rules were as follows:
All departures or rebooking must be before 2.00pm.
Washing of cars or caravans – not permitted.
Barbeque fires must be off the ground.
Golf or similar bat ball games of any description will not be permitted.
Dogs must be kept on a short lead.
Dog Faeces must be cleaned up.
Showers close at 10.00pm and re-open at 8am.
Breathable Ground Sheets must be used at all times and fully cover awning floor
All caravans must move site after 1 week.
NO SMOKING in toilets and showers.
Max. 2 Adults per caravan.
No electric heaters allowed in awnings
No Commercial Vehicles. Eg. Transit Vans, etc.
The interactive map below shows Deighan’s Caravans location. Zoom in and out on the map to see the caravan park’s location in proximity to the nearby towns of Coleraine and Limavady.
Deighan Caravan’s address is:
5 Benone Avenue
Telephone: +44 28 777 50557
Fax: +44 28 777 50000
We arrived at approximately 6:00pm on a Friday. A large sign simply saying “Benone” indicated that it was time to turn right (coming from Coleraine direction towards Limavady) and leave the B69 Seacoast Road. Immediately after, we turned left and this brought us to Deighan’s Park Entrance.
One of Deighan’s attractions was that it was only 10 minutes walk from Benone’s world class blue flag beach. The beach offered dedicated dog exercise areas as well as dedicated dog free areas. It was possible to drive your car onto the beach.
Although the park and surrounding area was very flat, it boasted a magnificent view of nearby Binevenagh Mountains.
It wasn’t possible to enter the park without the office opening the gate so we stopped and I went into the office. The people inside were friendly although you could feel instantly that they like the rules to be adhered to. I paid the remainder of the amount due plus £5 deposit for a toilet/shower block key and £10 deposit for an entrance pass which is used to open the barrier when entering or leaving the park. As we had friends coming to visit, a second pass could be borrowed (another £10 deposit) to allow their car to enter / exit the park.
The Park catered for static caravans, touring caravans and motorhomes but not tents.
Deighan’s Caravans had 28 hardstands with electric. A large grassy area also accommodated 40 tourers. An additional grassy overflow area offered an additional 31 sites. None of the touring sites were super-sites (i.e. none had their own water tap or drainage). There were a few water taps scattered throughout the site.
There was building work going on right next to our caravan during our stay. We were given no prior warning of this when being allocated a site:
Concrete roads linked the different areas of the site.
There was one toilet / shower block in the park. Inside the male side of the toilet block there were 2 toilets, 3 urinals, 2 showers and 3 wash hand basins, which seemed less than adequate for a park this size. On one occasion, I wanted to clean around the sink after shaving using some toilet roll but there wasn’t any in either of the toilets. Having said this, I did see the owners carrying toilet paper into the toilet block a few times.
On numerous occasions I queued outside the shower block for a shower. Although this could have been an unpleasant experience if it was raining or I was in a hurry, I enjoyed it as it as the weather was dry and I got the chance to get talking with fellow caravaners.
Showers were individual rooms. These were kept clean. The showers took tokens that cost 60 pence each. They did not have a temperature control and the temperature varied from being lukewarm (a little on the cold side) to quite hot. Water pressure fluctuated, perhaps depending on what other showers were in use. Showers lasted exactly five minutes. The token box had a digital display which showed how many minutes were left which was a useful little feature.
There were no disabled facilities as far as we could see. The toilet block had a couple of steps but no ramp.
For tourers there were a couple of waste disposal areas. There was a Chemical Disposal Point for emptying the cassette toilet and waste water.
We did not see any recycling facilities.
On site, there was a laundry room providing washing and drying Facilities. This was situated down in amongst the static caravans.
A wash cost £2 and the tumble dryer cost £2.50. A separate key (another £5 deposit) was required to access the laundry room.
The land around Benone, and between Benone and Limavady is very flat. It’s a little bit of Northern Ireland that looks just like Holland. As such, there is very little shelter in the park and we found it to be extremely windy at times. We now know that Benone has a bit of a reputation for being windy. Most of the tourer owners we noticed had tie-down kits in use to prevent their awnings being blown away. My wife was talking to one lady as they waited for the showers. The lady told the story that one of the nights on her previous stay she was woken at 3am to hear her brand new awning being ripped away from the caravan. By the time she had opened her caravan door, the awning was gone! She frantically brought her electrical appliances inside and had a cup of tea to settle her nerves.
There was a large children’s play area on site and it always seemed very busy. A football pitch (not full size) with goal nets was also popular with children and adult alike.
There wasn’t a shop on-site however the Golden Sand’s Caravan Park had a small shop 5 minutes walk away. Provisions here were very limited however and we ended up driving to Articlave to find a half-decent sized shop.
To eat out we would definitely recommend the Point Bar and Restaurant at Magilligan’s Point approximately 7 miles from the site.
Deighan Caravan’s is a site that is well laid out and has a spacious feel to it. It close to a brilliant beach but a little far away from any decent shops. The park could do with some more facilities such as showers and toilets however the small toilet block that was there was kept clean. If you plan to have friends join remember that two cars maximum will be permitted at any one caravan. It got very windy in Benone while we were there so if you have an awning bring a tie-down kit and/or guy line as well as pegging it out. We were a little disappointed that the management did not inform us that building work would be happening next to our pitch. Overall, an average park but spacious, clean and well laid out. Possibly the best park at Benone.