A Week at Benone Tourist Complex

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I cannot believe the schools are back, and summer is all but over. What I can tell you is that is the first time in a long time, that I feel like I had a summer. I didn’t move house, I didn’t renovate a house, and I mostly just went out and had fun! All thanks to my new tent, which became my second home. The last week of the school holidays I took it to Benone Tourist Complex. It’s not an area I know well, but I was keen to explore.

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This is my beloved tent. It is a Kalahari 8 by Hi Gear, which I bought from the Go Outdoors store in Newtownabbey. And I paid for an electric pitch with awning at Benone, (because it is lovely to boil the kettle,) and we had loads of space for our needs. However, by the time I got organised the kids were starving so we went to the on-site cafe.

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Lewis and Aaron were so excited to be on another camping adventure, and even more pleased they got to have burgers for their tea! Afterwards we went to find the beach.

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There is a warren of beautiful wood laid paths that go from Benone Tourist Complex to Benone Beach. And when you reach the crest of the sand dunnes, the views of Benone are just stunning.

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My kids do love the beach, and it doesn’t get much better than this. But there are other things to do at Benone. They have their own heated splash pools.

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And a crazy golf course.

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The complex was nearly at full capacity when we visited, and my kids enjoyed having neighbours, and making new friends. And I enjoyed walking around having a nosey at all the different accomodations on display! Benone can accomodate, campers, glampers and motor homers, all in the same venue.

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And they do a pretty good sunset! Don’t be fooled though, this red sky gave way to overnight winds so powerful I thought my tent might end up in the Atlantic ocean!

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Mid-week Mr C came to join us, and we decided to venture a bit further.

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One day we travalled across the border to visit the Inishowen region of Donegal. You can read about that here. Another day we went to explore the town of Limivady, which was a really quaint little town, with quite a few independent shops, which I loved! Closer to Benone, we had tasty treats in the Peacock Tearooms.

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And we drove up to see the Manannán Mac Lir statue at the viewing point on Binevenagh. The views from up there were amazing, though those pesky darks clouds keep getting in the way of my photography aspirations!

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The majority our time was spent around Benone Tourist Complex and at the beach. Trying to cook on a too small BBQ. Getting sand absolutely everywhere. Watching my children splash in the sea with their dad. And running out of data on my phone, so I just had to do without! Could there possibly be a better end to the summer?

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Have you been to Benone Tourist Complex? If not, put it on your to do list!

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