I can only confirm the positive things said by the others who have visited Carradale this year. The setting is absolutely gorgeous, the camp is right on the beach (you can build a fire there at night), and the facilities are faultless. There are plenty of clean toilets and showers, a laundry and a dishwashing area.
We had a very roomy pitch between two hedges. Level ground, soft enough to put stakes in without a hammer. I was there on a beautiful weekend in August - peak season - and the site did not seem crowded at all. The pitches are numbered and so I could sea how it would appear if full to capacity, and I don't think they appeared too close together. As it was, I'd say less than half the pitches were taken, and the manager takes care to space people out.
The beach is long and in a sheltered bay, Right in front of the campsite it's about half sand, half pebbles, and the river enters the sea to the right. If you walk up the beach to the left, it becomes sandier, and then you reach some rocks full of tide pools and there's a large point of land that is good for walking. Then, across a field and into the village.
The village of Carradale is sort of divided into a couple of different parts. You pass through one part on the way to the campsite. There's a petrol station, a hotel with restaurant and bar, a tea room. If you pass the campsite turn-off, you'll come to the harbour end of the village, where there is a Post Office, a shop, and another nice pub. (There's another hotel down that way that I didn't see, but it likely has another restaurant and and bar.) The harbour, itself, is very small and has a few fishing boats. There are many lovely walks, and the roads have little traffic, so strolling or bicycling around is very relaxing.
I wasn't towing anything, so I didn't have any problems with the drive. Going in, I took the B842 from just pass Tarbert, coming down the east side of Kintyre. It's a pretty twisty, narrow road, but if you drive slowly and take care to not follow anybody too close, you'll have no problems. I thought I'd try the other way - down to Campbeltown and then back up the West Coast - for going back. It adds a little time to the journey, but you're not on the B-road for as long and the scenery is really stunning. Campbeltown is a 30-minute drive and is a good-sized town with supermarkets and so forth.
I've only stayed at a couple of places, thus far, but I make a point of popping in to see any camp site we pass, and this is the most beautiful spot of them all. I only got to stay one night, and I know it would be a great place to stay for several days. Unless the weather forecast grows very grim, we're going back in a couple of weeks to stay three nights.
Superb, level site, close to the village and the lovely beach. Cleverly designed site, pitches grouped in small areas, divided by hedging, giving the appearance of a large site but well managed. Toilet and showers impeccable, plenty of showers, toilets, hot water, spacious and immaculately clean. Not every pitch has a view of the sea, but it is literally a two minutes walk away.
This is a nice tranquil and quiet campsite, the facilities are fine (£60000 recently spent on the toilet block) free use of the freezer in the laundry room for your freezer packs, easy access to the beach and some lovely forest walks.
The only problem I had was that the pitches are quite close together but it was quiet when we stayed and the owner ‘Colin’ who is very helpful, made sure that new arrivals were well spaced apart. I would certainly visit Carradale Bay again.
Myself and a friend stayed here as part of a two week cycle touring the west coast of Scotland. It's probably best to sum up the site at this stage by saying the standard of facilities were the best experienced during the whole 14 nights of camping by a country mile.
In more detail: I have seen some reviews from the past criticising the toilet block one way or another, clearly this problem if it ever existed has been addressed and more as it is hard to imagine a cleaner, more spacious and comfortable campsite washroom than we experienced. The number of showers / toilets / basins available is more than ample and the fact that the building is well heated (unusual for a campsite in our experience) was much appreciated during the unusually cold May weather this year.
Laundry facilities were also good and reasonably priced in comparison with other sites while the usual dishwasing facilities etc were available and to an above average standard.
The pitch we were put on did not have sea views but was very pleasant all the same. There are not many corners of the site where the hills of Arran are not in view and they make an impressive backdrop. A very short way away is the beach which is very impressive so if you value your sea views it shouldn't mount too much of a challenge to carry the deckchairs down there.
I should also add that the owner was very welcoming and keen to provide all sorts of information with a particular expertise on fishing the adjacent river. I know very little on this subject but my friend who is a very keen fisherman was certainly impressed and seemed to think the opportunities on offer were well worth a visit in their own right.
The location of the site is on a winding and undulating road and as cyclists the jumble of 'steep hill' indicators on the OS road maps very nearly convinced us to cycle both south and north on the other side of the Kintyre peninsular. This would've been a mistake due to the quality of this campsite, the much greater scenic appeal of east Kintyre compared to the west, and the fact that the hills are nowhere near as tortuous as the map suggests!
Spent 2 lovely days here - the beach is great and the views were stunning as the Arran mountains were covered in snow. To update on some other reviews from previous years :-
- toilet block has been just been re-furbished
- the tracks are still gravel / hard core but were in good condition and all potholes were filled in - though the local council could do with making sure the ones on the roads to the site were also repaired
- on the beach front the bracken / gorse had been cut down for those wanting a sea view, though there are still high banks of it for those who prefer / need more shelter further back.
Owner was very helpful with advice when the Ferries to Arran were postponed due to high winds on the day of our departure.
We travelled to/from the site 'anti-clockwise' in our Motorhome (a 7m coachbuilt) ie. Down the west coast and then up to the site when arriving, then up to the ferry across to Arran via the single track road when leaving. We were a bit nervous about the single track road but on reflection it was fine as long as you take your time and only use the passing places ie. Avoid the temptation to pass on the soft verges as we saw several places where it looked like people had got stuck
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