This is simply the best site I've ever been to. I'm a single parent camper with 12 year old son and hate places with clubhouses, kids clubs etc. - we make our own entertainment. At this campsite that becomes incredibly easy with the beach within a stone's throw of your tent, the sun setting over views of Islay and Jura accompanied by the glow of a campfire.
The scenery is spectacular and we saw Golden Eagles which nest in the cliffs behind the site.
There are only a few tent pitches and it's best to book. If you don't need a hook-up then you can pitch on the 'Bowling Green', which has the best views. We paid £15 per night for a four man tent with 2 people and got the seventh night free! Its a small site which hugs the shore with units in a single line.
There were quite a few caravans and motorhomes while we we there and plenty of return customers. The other campers were absolutely lovely: like-minded people who weren't nosey or in-your-face but always had a word to share about the weather conditions (a bit of an obsession being so close to the coast) and tales of their travels to the Isles, complete with tips and contacts.
The lady who owns the site is very customer orientated and lives in the local village, Glenbarr. She comes round to check on everything and clean the facilities every evening, always with a friendly word and cheery disposition. It's just off the really fast west coast road, but with he waves lapping continually, you really don't notice.
The showers are powerful, hot and free, and were always- as with the toilets- clean. I can't help but feel that it's largely due to the type of people there who take ownership in keeping it pleasant to use. The washing up facilities too were well maintained and with boiling hot water.
There is no shop but the local village shop, an easy 15 minute walk to Glenbarr, stocks most things and has fresh bread, veg, good local meat and has a garden centre with a cafe attached to it. There is also a country house and gardens that you can visit which serves teas etc.
Campbeltown is a 20 minute drive away, regular buses also go past the site, and has everything you could need- we managed to buy an electric pump there. If you go there you must go to Davaar Island (accessible at low tide, check tide times) and the community-run, beautifully preserved old fashioned cinema. It runs one film over a week and we paid 50p extra to sit in the balcony.
There are so many places you can visit: we loved the vast deserted beach at Machrahanish, went right down to the desolate, totally wild and untamed Mull of Kintyre (forget Paul McCartney, the song does it no justice at all) where there were clear views over to Ratray Island-off Ireland.
Ate fresh langoustines at the Seafood Shack at Skipness Castle, which is well worth a visit with imposing Arran just over the water and serene walks along the beach. The ferry to Gigha goes from just up the road which we'll explore next time.
It really is worth visiting this area and even in August it was quiet. There are 2 or 3 other campsites around, one of them supposedly 'award winning', but I promise you, this is the best.
This is the second holiday we have had at this site and we can only say it is fantastic. The view on the website is exactly what you get. We had views of seals in the bay, porpoise and a cheeky little otter.
The pitch is on grass and if you are unfortunate enough to have rain it drains well. But even in the rain it is brilliant to watch the weather forming on the horizon or over towards Ireland, Islay or Jura. You can also see Gigha from the site and is well worth a trip.
Toilet block is kept spotless and you always get a warm welcome. Showers are free and hot, no messing with coins and wondering if the water will run out before you are fully rinsed.
If you reserve a pitch you get a little marker with your name on it and pay the pitch fee when you see the owner.
We visited this site at extremely short notice and were delighted when we were able to get a pitch for 3 days just prior to Easter. The touring pitches are right on the bank overlooking the sea, with fantastic views both front and back.
The ground was good and firm, and more importantly flat and rock free. Toilet facilities were spotlessly clean, and no charge was made for showers or hair dryer.
The dish washing sink always had boiling hot water, ideal for cleaning enamel camp kit, and the water taps and bin sites were all within easy reach of the tent.
We were blessed with the weather and spent four wonderful days overlooking the sea, watching oyster catchers and even spotted a couple of sea otters sharing a fish on the nearby rocks.
This is an ideal campsite for anyone who just wants to get away. Local facilities are great, with a coffee shop in the local village that is hidden away behind the post office. Great breakfast if you don't feel like cooking. Campbeltown is close by and has supermarkets and a superb little Chinese restaurant for that special evening meal.
All in all, this site was ideally located with superb facilities. Although it got windy on the last night, the ground is firm enough to hold the tent pegs.
The highlight for us was the closeness of the beach to the touring pitch which allowed for us to have a camp fire on the beach within easy access to our tent and car. We will definitely be returning. Our thanks to Anne for a wonderful welcome to Kintyre.
Awesome location, perks of not having a static is that you get right on the front! Spot was reserved for us with a little peg with our name on it! You are literally on the edge of the beach, lovely and sandy, the odd rocky outcrop. Views across to Jura, saw seals, basking sharks. Village, 30 minutes walk up hill, but pleasant has post office/shop which sold most things. At the back of it was a garden centre with a coffee shop which did meals. Not the prettiest looking camp site, statics, but location made up for it. Toilet/shower facilities clean and sufficient though slightly dated. Outdoor washing up facilities, not covered, but lets you look at sea whilst doing your dishes!
We returned to Killegruer for the third time and it's definitely our favourite site.
The pitches are a really good size now and the beach is bigger and sandy (what have they done?).
There is a new dish-washing sink with boiling hot water and a powerful cold water tap (take care!). The toilets and showers are still sparkling clean. The showers are powerful and nice and hot. There's a free hairdryer. A small information area with book hire.
We had a fire on the beach and the kids played on the sand and looked in the rock pools. Amazing sunsets as usual.
An easy walk to Glenbarr village where there is a PO/grocer(sells everything)/farm shop/garden centre (we bought duck eggs), and a licensed cafe which serves delicious food. There is also Glenbarr Abbey/museum.
Campbeltown is nearby with a new leisure centre, cinema, laundrette etc.
There is also a hotel with bar and restaurant a 2 mile walk down the beach from the site.
Each pitch has it's own beach front and has hook-up (we don't use it) and very reasonably priced. Static caravan owners are very friendly. A windy site but perfect pegging firm soil. A strong tent is recommended. Children's playground is sheltered and consists of a football goal, some tyres and a car; not much but the beach holds enough fun!
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