A year of staycation in Ballycastle

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This year marks what we’re calling ‘The birth of staycations in Ballycastle’.

The whole of Northern Ireland, indeed GB and the Republic of Ireland saw the change in travel habits in response to Covid 19. But what does it mean to the future of holidays and what people want from accomodation on the North Coast?

We saw families getting together and appreciating the fact that they could finally enjoy each other’s company. People who would never usually stay on the North Coast of Ireland had a newfound love for the place. The word staycation became synonymous with families and friends getting together and just enjoying what they have on their doorstep – and it was great for us. We’re a busy holiday let anyway. But to see calendars booking out after months of uncertainty was a welcome breath of fresh air.

As always, we worked on improving our facilities and tried to pack in even more games and activities for kids to do during their stay. Local attractions have really pushed the boat out. One of our partners Rosepark Farm in Ballymoney increased their attractions. Another partner Causeway Coast Kayaking tours have never been busier and branched out into walking tours.

Local cafes and restaurants adapted well to the new rules and saw an uptick in takeaways and footfall to their establishments. They embraced the staycation market.

Every Business has had its struggles, especially concerning staffing levels behind the scenes. But the tourist industry has pulled together to meet the staycation lovers. Nowhere is this seen more than in Ballycastle amongst holiday let owners and other hospitality owners.

It’s been great to contribute to helping visitors to get away from it all and reconnect with their families, and proves that we can all come together to support our communities.

Want to book your next staycation to Ballycastle?

Head to our booking website here for a staycation with your extended family. 😀

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