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Port Mor
Port Charlotte
Isle Of Islay
Argyll   (Browse area)
PA48 7UE   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01496 850441

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Pitches: 14 electrical hook ups, 45 tent pitches
Open: March Until End Of November

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 35 Reviews
              9/10 from 35 Reviews

Units accepted:    Tents  Caravans  Motorhomes 

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Reviews:  35 in total, now showing 13 to 18                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Johari 9 reviews from this member

We camped at Port Mor for 7 nights in July 13, and had a brilliant holiday. The site was perfect for our boys aged 11 & 8, with the football pitches and play park. The view from the site is amazing over Loch Indaal.

The showers, toilets and washing up block was kept spotless, and we never had to wait for a shower. We never used the cafe, but it was always busy with locals and campers alike. The best place to pitch up is along the bottom bottom for the view, these pitches filled up quickly, but plenty of spaces elsewhere too and the view would still be fine. What a great community facility this is.

The weather was hot and sunny the whole week, and we spent a lot of time on the beaches, the local ones are lovely. The distilleries are worth visiting, the local one, Bruichladdich, was the most welcoming, giving myself and the boys complimentary juice and water on a hot day while hubby sampled a malt or two. We also had a nice lunch at Ardbeg. Finlaggan and the American Monument also worth a visit.

We looked at Kintra campsite while there, but felt that Port Mor was the right right choice for us. It was a great base base for the whole island, and one of our most enjoyable camping trips, would definitely recommend it.

Date of Visit: June 2013 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Rexxie 26 reviews from this member

We loved the laid back and friendly feel of Islay.

This community run campsite is situated on the edge of Port Charlotte village with most pitches overlooking the bay with views to Jura and beyond. The helpful and friendly wardens were a credit to the place.

The facilities are shared by the community - you walk past the football pitches to the shower/toilet block. There are separate toilets and showers for both men and women. Facilities incredibly clean but the shower area (Ladies) was quite small -and appeared busy at times and a little reminiscent of school changing rooms.

There is a cafe/restaurant open until 8pm which also sells postcards and gifts.

There is Wifi at a 3 pound a day charge for use with own device or 1 hour loan of a laptop- wifi coverage in the centre only.

Port Charlotte centre is a short walk away -it is a pretty and friendly village. There is a small shop and a pub and a hotel. Would recommend the hotel bar -with sea views-the bar meals looked fab- unfortunately did not get a taste as tables fully booked when we called in The hotel has a restaurant also.

There is a local bus stop a short distance from the site.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would return.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Surfercrew 7 reviews from this member

Islay is the most friendly Scotish island we have visited. So much to see and do. First distilleries, (8 I think). Ardbeg I'm told is the best. We enjoyed Lagavulin, if you pay the 6 tour fee this will give you a 3 off a bottle and a free tasting glass, and free entrance to Caol Ila, not bad plus the same deal applies to their other distilleries in the group in the rest of Scotland. Hic.

Islay Woollen Mill is worth a visit for everything Tarten, gifts and a look at how Tarten is made. Torisdale is a working croft selling everything crafty / knitting / spinning, we bought a fleece which once belonged to Mary the sheep, thank you Mary.

Beautiful beaches and a landscape that changes with the weather and nearly midge free make this a great place to relax.

Now for the site, Port Mor is a community run site that is to say it is added to a football pitch and changing rooms that the campsite have access too, plus a cafe open 9 to 8 in the evening serving a good range of food. Here also is fresh water and both emptying points which are 50 yards or so from the ehu pitches. All are very clean and tidy. There is a brilliant play area.

Tents have a area of quite level grass to pitch where they like (no marked pitches). Caravans/motor homes wanting electric hook up have around 10 pitches that are close together but as they are herringbone fashion you have clear views of Loch Idaal and east to Islay. The sports pitches were not used while we were there for our 7 nights. Only for a fete which was lovely to be part of island life for a while.

There are good dog walks from the site. Road fuels are very dear about 15p per litre over mainland prices. Bowmore is the centre of all good shops including, vets, takeaways, gift shops and a Co-op.

The RSPB reserve is also worth a look which has 2 hides and a small visitor centre.

Do go but don't steal my pitch please. Thank you Islay we will be back.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Mmad 6 reviews from this member

Spent 11 days on the site.

Toilet block spotless with 4 showers, although these are not the same sort of cubicles as most sites and more like a sports center type (which the site also doubles as). Staff very helpful.

Views superb but make sure you have storm straps for awnings as exposed to the winds. 10 electric hook ups with hard standing. These are closer together then if you are used to caravan club spacing. These pitches are also a long way from water and waste disposal points. Busy cafe on site that is handy for a quick coffee and cake.

Port Mor is owned by the local community and not a private business. Small children's play area situated by the toilet block.

2 local pubs within walking distance with real ale and wide range of whisky (10 mins). 8 per person per night plus 3 electricity.

Calmac ferry charges mean you need to come for a long time to make it worth while although rumours in the pub last night suggested these were about to be lowered due to EEC rules.

All in all a great site and will return.

Date of Visit: July 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: JimCall 12 reviews from this member

This was my first visit to Islay and we were torn between this site and the Kintra Farm site. The reason we went for Port Mor was because of the more central location (and only 10 min walk to the pub!)

The site is a community centre based business and Becky made us feel very welcome (we hadn't booked but there was ample camping space). I can only reiterate previous comments - the whole site is spotless, toilets, showers, dish washing and laundry facilities are first class. Be aware though that the winds can be fierce at times with little shelter so pitch your tent properly!

This is an ideal site to use as a base to explore the island and it quickly becomes apparent just how friendly the islanders are - people give a little wave as you pass by in the car. Folks take the time to chat to you as you go about your day, it has restored my faith in human nature!

Date of Visit: July 2012 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Cathy Sims 24 reviews from this member

We came here in 2009 and had a wonderful stay

It was just as good as we remembered

James and 'wee Becky' take very good care of the facilities and their pride in the site is very evident

We did not try the cafe again this time but it looks very good

Islay is a wonderful place to visit. The weather was mixed but we found it usually blew over around lunchtime and we could go out for a walk with the dogs

The one day it did not clear as early was the day we enjoyed a tour round Lagavulin with the delightful guide, Marjorie

We had not been to Finlaggan for many years. Display boards were really good and helped us understand what we were seeing

Other highlight was the beautiful strawberries form the Community garden

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