We loved this site. It's got a very natural feel, not too regimented either in terms of layout or in terms of rules and regulations. We got a lovely pitch near the playpark, which is very nice and the kids (and dog) were fascinated by the blonde rabbits which abound. The toilet blocks were very clean and well maintained and even though we were staying on the first weekend of the school holidays, we never had to queue for a shower. The site is small enough that we were able to afford our kids (5 and 3 1/2) a bit of freedom and we found other people on the site to be very friendly.
The owners were very friendly and couldn't do enough to help. We lost a nut for one of our awning clamps and on asking for help the staff member in question disappeared into the garage and found one for us. Although shop hours seem limited, we found that even if shut, someone would almost always appear and open up for us. No-one batted an eye at the dog.
There's a lovely walk up to a waterfall and beyond, which is accessed right behind the site, and the Cowal Way passes by. It's not a site for those who want entertainment laid on, but we found more than enough to do in the area. The scenery is stunning. Tarbert is a short ferry ride away and Tighnabruaich is worth a look. There's a beautiful sandy bay (Kilbride Bay) on the other side of the peninsula, but those with kids be aware that it's about a mile's walk down a no-vehicles track to get there.
For those in tents, there's a great Campers' Kitchen, under cover and with picnic benches for eating at (you provide the cooker).
One small rider to all this positivity.If you can't stand midges this may not be the place for you. It's not just the site, it's the whole area. All that greenery has to have a downside and the way we saw it, the midges probably keep the hordes away!
We stayed at Glendaurel for four nights in August. The facilities are good - shop stocks a good range of basics, the children's playground excellent if a little out of the way, laundry facilities available.
The site itself is easy to get to and is set in really picturesque surroundings - it cant be faulted. Its a quiet site with no feelings of over crowding.
Pitching was quite peculiar - we were a group of five tents with six children but due to an honest mistake we were placed with the road separating us (bread van at five o clock most mornings was very annoying).
The only downside as mentioned in other reviews is the toilets / showers. There was one shower for the ladies and three for the men. They weren't as clean or modern as other sites I have visited, but saying this the site is quite quiet - I only had to queue a couple of times and it wasn't for long.
Nearby, the local pub has closed down so your nearest is a good 10 miles away. There are a good few pubs that serve food however and the ones that we went to were very accommodating to children and the food was excellent.
Made a trip over to Bute - ferry was extortionate (£13.25 for the car and then £3.25 per adult) and its literally a five minute journey. Rothesay has some good places to see including the castle.
I would not hesitate to recommend this site - a good base for exploring this area of Scotland in pretty surroundings.
5* prices for 1* site! That's how we'd describe this site. The location was ok, just, there was no scenery as such, the nearest bar, (hotel) was a short drive, but was very friendly. Midgies were a real problem, we were next to trees, that didn't help. Staff were friendly, although we only saw them once. So, where did it all go wrong?? The toilet block was a disgrace! Not only were thre only two showers each, totally inadequate for quite a big site, they were extremely unpleasant, being dirty and very small. In the gents area, at one point there was only one shower working! This was indicative of the whole of the toilet block really. I'm sure, as with most campers, when using camp sites, at whatever cost, it's not too much to ask that the basic facillities are at least clean, sadly this one fell well short of that, would neither recommend, nor visit again! Shame.
Stayed here for 4 nights and thoroughly enjoyed it. The owner is very friendly and helpful, and the on-site shop stocks a small but useful range of essentials.
The campsite is in a fantastic location, surrounded by the Cowal hills. It is close to the ferry to the Isle Of Bute, where a visit to Mount Stuart is highly recommended.
There isn't much in the way of shops nearby (stock up in Dunoon).
The pub in Glendaruel (nearby) was OK, but the one in Colintraive (4 miles) was great.
The site itself is quiet, and is a really pleasant place to spend time in. The tent field is quite a distance from the toilet block, although tents can be pitched in various places that are closer. The toilet facilities are reasonable. Just don't trip over the blonde rabbits!
Spent a couple of nights here in early October. We arrived well after dark, and although we hadn't booked were made to feel very welcome by the owner and shown to our pitch. The site set in an old manor houses grounds has static caravans and about 30 hardstanding touring pitches all with hookups and a seperate area for tents. The toilets and showers although basic were clean and free. There was a large childrens play area and a play room but was general a quiet site dispite being almost full. The site grounds abound with wildlife particular "blonde" rabbits which the owner informed us were unique to the area (they had a film crew filming the rabbits while we were there).
Would certainly go back and spend more time in the area. My only reservation about the site was it is about 15 miles from Dunoon, the nearest town, over some fairly narrow, hilly roads, so caravans have to come the long way round.
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