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Visitor Reviews - Carradale Bay Caravan Park

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Carradale Bay Caravan Park
Carradale Estate
Carradale
Kintyre
Argyll   (Browse area)
PA28 6QG   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01583 431665

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Pitches: 60
Open: March To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 41 Reviews
              9/10 from 41 Reviews


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Date of Visit: May 2010 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Fowler1 2 reviews from this member

We had a lovely 3 days here, the staff were so helpful, nothing was to much trouble. The toilet block was spotless, great wildlife to sit and watch especially the bunnies, lovely quiet clean site.

Would highly recommend and will be back. Ignore the reviews slating the toilets, we are very fussy people and we found everything as it should be..

Date of Visit: May 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Tom061087 2 reviews from this member

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!

Date of Visit: April 2010 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: TonyCv51 8 reviews from this member

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

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Sarahburns 2 reviews from this member

We stayed at this site firstly in May and then returned for a longer stay in August. WHAT A GEM!

The site is set right next to the beach which is fantastic. We had to walk only 20 yards and we were on the sand, great for dog walking and the children on the pitch next to us seemed to spend their whole holiday playing on the sand, despite a few wet days.

The site is kept to a high standard and we could not fault the cleanliness, dispite the wet weather and some inconsiderate campers walking into the facilities without wipping their feet. The toilets were a bit dated but again very clean and perfectly adequate. We have stayed on sites with far worse. The staff wher first class and when we had a problem with our motorhome they went out of their way to help.

The site is well maintained with grass pitches which was kept very short. Grass cutter wizzing round whenever the it was dry enough. Between our first visit in May and the later one in August the bracken at the top of the beach had grown and although it did restrict the view slightly it was very pretty and I imagine a good habitat for wildlife.

Carradale village seems to be stuck in a time warp which is the rather nice. There are a few places to eat out and a pub which was great.

We will return to this great site.

Date of Visit: July 2009 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: Ticketty Boo! 1 review from this member

The very fact that hundreds if not thousands of people are returning here year after year speaks volumes for the place. It's not Las Vegas. It's not the Ritz. If the most you have to complain about is rabbits - then it's time you stayed in a pet free hotel.

This place is the ultimate in peace, tranquillity and friendliness. If you want any of these qualities - along with many more that are equally desirable - then you have stumbled upon your own personal Utopia.

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Fiona W 126 reviews from this member

Would I recommend a visit to Carradale itself? Absolutely - for its beautiful beach, its big skies, its fabulous views of Arran's peaks,its quirky golf course, its walks, its hotel food and its gold foundry workshop. Would I recommend staying at this site? absolutely not, if you have a motorhome, which is a pity as it used to be a favourite of mine when we tented.

Shockingly expensive at 33 GBP a night for a hookup on a patch of rutted bare earth. (Yes, 7-8 GBP cheaper to Caravan Club members, but it was not suggested that we join. If you're coming for a week, it it's worth joining.) This is the price of a 'resort site' in the South Lakes in July 2009, for which you would get a swimming pool, campers kitchen or a restaurant, disabled toilet/family suite, private sink cubicles, hard standing, a TV socket, a water pipe at each pitch and possibly your own grey water drain. It might not matter to you, but you don't get any of these at Carradale - its awards were won many years ago, and were deserved then, but now the site is resting on its laurels. The other sites we went to in Argyll this week charged half to one third of this fee, yet all were better managed and maintained with better facilities and just as much of interest off site.

Given the takings - the site was full, midweek: 60 hook-ups, do the sums - it's shocking that there is virtually no sign of any capital works at Carradale since our last visit about seven years ago. Sure, there's now a hardcore access track to avoid passing through the farmyard to the east, but it needs re-surfacing. The same shabby toilet cubicles are permanently locked because the toilets don't work, there are no disabled facilities as far as I could see, no family / privacy sink cubicles, and there are many deep and unavoidable potholes throughout the site that triggered a knocking noise in our motorhome suspension for the rest of the week.

There has also been minimum maintenance to the landscape. The gorse on the banks has got taller and now blocks the famous sea views (check against old photos) and - more dangerously - obscures sight lines so drivers can't see anyone coming out from behind the gorse. The bracken (with its spores) has spread wider, paths are worn to ruts in the grass and those to the beach quickly turn to mud in any rain. Ragwort (a typical weed of waste ground) is prolific, though hand pulling solves the problem.

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