Wonderful view of Benderloch and within walking distance to a number of shops (groceries, off sales, camping gear, bookshop and an excellent restaurant), The site itself had a fridge and microwave in a small wooden building with
5 or 6 tables and chairs. The site and facilities were clean and well cared for. Duncan and his wife helpful friendly and accommodating.
I have booked in for another stay in two weeks time.
We visited this site because of it's good reviews. It is everything people have said about it. We managed to stay 2 extra nights but were sorry to leave. The owners are among the most helpfully we have encountered. We didn't use the showers the toilets in the temporary block were always clean and fresh. The views are superb. Loved the croft aspect lambs sheep cattle rabbits heard the cuckoo. The bluebells in the wood behind the site were amazing.
Benderloch has all we need in the way shops. Value for money the Dalrannoch Cafe near Barcaldine. A treat for the first night fish and chips from the diner van at Tralee. It was fairly quiet when we were there weather was great so is was a bit busier at the weekend. Children seemed to be enjoying it it was ideal weather for the beach at the bottom of the croft. If you want super market Oban has Co op Tesco Aldi and Lidl.
I am so pleased that we chose this site. We arrived the weekend before the bank holiday, to a beautiful view across the the Isle of Mull.
The grass pitch was well drained and easy to level the caravan, apart from a few tents in front of us we had a view straight out to the mountains of Mull. It isn't far from any of the pitches to the facilities. The toilet block was kept very clean, even though there were only two toilets in each to the ladies and gents. The site did get a lot busier towards the bank holiday when perhaps it would have been better with a couple more toilets. We did not use the shower block.
There is plenty to do in the area. We went on a trip to the islands to see Puffins and the Caves of Scarpa, this took all day and wasn't cheap but well worth the effort. If you have your bike the Bike paths in the area are excellent. A visit to Oban is a must, visit the distillery and have a lovely sea food lunch.
My first camping in a tent for over 40 years which turned out to be a wonderful reintroduction. I found this site via UKCampsite. I had booked up for two days, however booked an earlier stay the day before and spent three nights with tent at £6 per person per night. There are other campsites in the area, some for static caravans, and others which looked unsuitable for tents, Seaview being the only one over looking the sea! Also, you are not too aware of other sites.
The owner greeted me at the gate and directed me to my pitch, only one other tent there with a few caravans and camper vans. Weather had been dry, no snow but cold, max during the day 7C at night -5C, gentle Easterly breeze cloudless sky. The owner pointed out the various amenities, shower which is 50p for 10 minutes, toilets etc. Also, there is a Ďcanteení which just hits the spot for tent camping in inclement weather. It has tables/chairs, microwave and fridge/freezer, the latter not being required during my stay due to the ambient temperature.
Once set up I had a look around, everything was tidy and spotless. I have to admit my face dropped when I discovered that there was not a pub near by, however the owner told me about the Hawthorn Restaurant under 200 yards away. I went there on the first night, small immaculate Husband and Wife establishment. Food was local where possible and delicious. Their dishes cooked to order Ė go for the mixed platter for pudding, indulgent, but here to enjoy. (home made ice-cream a must)
Benderloch the local village is about six to seven hundred yards from campsite. You can walk along the beach to get there or by road, beach more interesting and very nice. There is a reasonable shop for such a small place which also incorporates a post office. Next to it is a shop which sells camping equipment, toys, kites etc. There is also a Cafť/book shop on the same side of the road as campsite, home baking, good tea and coffee, lite meals and a nice selection of bottled beers, some local and well worth a try.
There is a fish and chip shop on a residential campsite close by (chips still too hot to touch after a walk back to site, that kind of close) which seems to be modelled on a Streamline trailer Ė made to order and best fish and chips best ever, another must try.
Talking of must try, there is Segway hire next to fish and chip place (no pun intended), Iím hopeless on skies or skates (still no pun) but this was so easy. Great instructor, very patient, and once you get to the hang of it, a trip through the woods (off road Segway!) exciting and great fun.
The area of South Shian is well worth exploring on foot, great walks. Oban, main ferry point with rail connections to Glasgow and Principal Town in the area is a 15 to 20 min drive and also a good bus service from Benderloch. Oban Airport is very close to the site, flights I understand to the Hebrides. When I visited Oban the town was alive, no vacant shops, lots of places to eat, hotels and lots to see. Go further north from Benderloch and there is a sealife sanctuary, good fun for children of all ages and a bit of subliminal education thrown in. Keep going north and you come to Appin, turn off the road on left to Port Appin nice spot although parking can be an issue. You can take a passenger ferry from Port Appin to the Island of Lismore, bike hire is available. Lismore being unique in this area due to a different soil composition, bursting with all sorts of fauna and flora.
So to sum up, great camp site, looked good for children playing and safe. All comers welcome, peaceful and little light pollution, Iíd never seen so many stars with the naked eye. Iím going back for sure, but when a tad warmer.
A wee jem of a site! We would like to keep this site a secret as we like the smaller peaceful sites.
We arrived early Sunday morning & was warmly greeted by Duncan who was already up pottering about with his rabbit fence, later after one of many chats with him, he is rather proud of his grass and determined to keep the rabbits off. He cut the grass while we were staying and collects the cuttings so you donít end up with half a field in your tent. Very rare for campsites.
The facilities. There is, at the moment, only two cubicles one menís & one womanís both consisting of a toilet, sink & shower which is 50p for 10 minutes (for the price of the pitch we didnít mind this at all). Only two cubicles was not a problem for us in September when it was quiet but he has the ground prepared & a prefabricated bock coming for next year consisting of four toilets and two showers, which it probably needs at busy times.
Not much for kids there, which we like but great for dogs. A short walk along a lane to a secluded bay which is the local dog walking place as there was always various dog walkers down there, all very friendly though.
The owner was the ultimate host. Facilities were basic but fully functional, appears to be getting better and better and listening to regulars, the site has a long term plan.
Our motorhome pitch was perfect and the way it is all planned ensured a seaview! I cannot rave enough about this site and its situation. Also, breakfast (cheap as) from the on site snack bar was amazing and filling. Top site!
As for out and about, the bus to Oban is almost on the doorstep and there is lots to see and do in the town. We toured Scotland (perth-perth) and this was one of our favourite sites. Small, intimate and stunning views.
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