Choose this site for our May Bank Holiday due to the previous favourable comments and location. Have to say not disappointed on either counts. The site has large flat pitches, although our tent being a large one was sited away from the main camping field and among the motorhomes. We had terrible rain over the 4 nights, and found the site to be well draining and cope well with the wet conditions. The site has easy access to the beach and our two kids enjoyed building fires in the evening. The facilities were OK. My wife stated the ladies shower was pitiful but the mens was fine. The toilets were well cleaned, got a little grubby due to the wet conditions and that the site was full, but the owners just about kept up with keeping them to acceptable standard.
We felt safe for our two kids aged 5 & 7 to roam the site and ride bikes around the grass. They enjoyed the local Pony Rides and the giant Drafts at the nearby tea rooms. Meal in the Carradale Hotel was good and staff very child friendly.
Due to the weather we took a few trips to Campletown to the local swimming pool (which is fairly new and very nice. Day trip to Gigha on bikes is also enjoyable. Hope to go back to take advantage of the fabulous beaches on the doorstep of the site.
We stayed for a week in August and thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the site owners are very friendly and always willing to oblige when possible. Although some facilities are a little dated compared to other caravan club sites, we found them to be very acceptable and cleaned regularly. No midges as such but lots of wasps. Very nice beach, and some nice forest walks nearby, all in all we will definitely return.
I wonder if we stayed at the wrong site by mistake. Previous reviewers lavished such praise on the site that we were expecting gold plated taps and a butler service at supper time. However, we were disappointed, especially bearing in mind this is a Caravan Club site.
True, the site is in a beautiful location. We approached (and left)using the easterly single-track road. The road is perfectly safe for a motor home, although I wouldn't like to tow a long caravan around some of the tight turns and steep, but short, hills.
Our pitch was perfectly level and firm under tyres, despite intensive rain during the week we were there. The motorhome disposal point is difficult to get to, involving a lot of to-ing and fro-ing at strange angles, but then we use the bucket and chuck it system of grey water disposal so it didn't affect us.
The shower blocks are not Caravan Club standard. They were almost clean most of the time, but they are a little outmoded and shabby, Adequate is the best way to describe them. We missed little niceties so loved by CC members, such as cloths to clean sinks, privacy cubicles, clean mopheads, sufficient hooks for clothes and towels and extractors which work when you want them to. But we've been to worse - although we never went back a second time.
The management allow the rubbish to build up. Two wheeled skips were overflowing for the first few days; one was eventually removed but the immediate area had an unsavoury pong for a while.
If you like rabbits, you'll love this site. They are everywhere and not shy about feeding when people are around. They have their downside, however. Our pitch was covered in rabbit droppings. That's not a problem in dry weather, but in wet weather the droppings convert to little pats of goo stuck to the bottom of shoes. If you're not careful, this can be walked inside tents and vans.
Apart from these gripes, we had a good week here. To be fair, if the weather had been good, we'd have felt more positive about everything.But it's a shame when a potentially lovely site is under par for want of a little attention to detail.
As a coda, if you have problems with your 'van or habitation, John of JD Auto in Carradale is friendly and efficient. His number is posted outside the toilets.
We sampled the delights of this site on the last bank holiday weekend in May. Good location, the owners were extremely helpful and the toilet facilities could not be faulted. Nice walks into town along the beach or through the woods. Not much to Carradale but I suppose that is what makes it so perfect. Peace and tranquility. On the down side although mainly dry the weather was actually Baltic. So cold it helped us decide to buy a caravan. Not the easiest of roads to negotiate whilst towing. Maybe I'll consider it again when I've accumulated a few more miles of towing.
Carradale heaven on earth too me, what an escape from our busy woking lives, have been a visitor for a few years now, my dogs get excited with the mention of Carradale, great site everything I need, lovely owners nothing is too much trouble, lovely neighbours on every visit, great fun meeting others who have braved the long and winding road.I am so glad of the drive because if it was more accessable there would be more chaos.The beach is superb and so is the sea. Like to swim there lovely.Would love tosee thebeach during a storm.Scary I bet.The local pubs hotels have good food and drink.Thank you Carradale for all the memories
Great site nice folk running it. Nice planting of hedges and plants etc and reasonably big flat pitches. The site were very helpful in giving us a plot which was quite quiet as we had young children. Mind you I wish they had warned us about the very rude people with the large Porshce 4x4 who camped right next to us and didnt say anything to us all week including not inviting us to their party which went on until 3 or 3 in the morning and kept me awake. However the site is great, it is right on Carradale beach which you can walk along and you can walk into Carradale from the site. Carradale has a few places to eat out and a shop. There is also a lovely 9 hole golf course with stunning views. We were there two years ago and the bakery in Carradale bakes the most wonderful bread and rolls and cakes. Well recommended.
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