A proposal to extend a campsite to accommodate 100 caravans has been put forward to improve the viability of a major tourist attraction located outside Larne.
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, which owns Carnfunnock Country Park (United Kingdom), said it “remained largely unchanged” since the Duchess of Kent inaugurated it in July 1990.
Larne Borough Council turned down an application for log cabin accommodation to be developed by Larne-based social enterprise AEL.
The council said the caravan park could be moved and expanded to hold 100 caravans, instead of less than 30 currently.
Currently, the 191-hectare park between Drains Bay and Ballygally consists of “mixed woodland, gardens, walking trails, adventure play park, café, and caravan park.”
For instance, new adventure facilities, such as “treetop walks, zipline or toboggan run,” can be constructed in the areas.
Camping in Carnfunnock will be limited to caravans during the holidays this year, as the borough council considers bringing a third party to run the campsite and the recreation facility as part of the “master plan” being drawn to help the attraction.
The tent site, located separately from the camping facilities, will remain closed due to concerns over ground conditions.
The council has suggested looking into financing options to build a five-star campsite on the golf course’s site, saying it is in “limited use” at present. It means it could be a spot where hundreds of caravans “could benefit from the spectacular view of Scotland.”
It has also been stated that the amenity block that serves caravanners and campers requires “an upgrade/replacement.”
This article originally appeared on News Letter.