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Visitor Reviews - Port Ban Holiday Park

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Port Ban Holiday Park
Argyll   (Browse area)
PA29 6YD   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01880 770224

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Open: April To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 32 Reviews
              8/10 from 32 Reviews

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Date of Visit: October 2006 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Boggis 5 reviews from this member

I stayed at the site for a weekend in late October. The weather was superb and the corresponding views were fabulous.

The campsite is well away from the static area of the site and the main facilities, so jumping out of bed for a quick pee is a pain, but this means that the camping area is very quiet with no 'through' traffic.

The owners allow bonfires and BBQ's on the beach, this makes a fantasticly romantic and spectacular sunset even more enjoyable.

The campers facilities are basic, but perfectly functioning and spotlessly clean - the showers were great. The site has a laundry as well as the small shop and cafe.

Visitors would be well advised to buy anything they may need (bread, milk, etc.) in Lochgilphead, the campshop is very small and only the garage at Clachan might save you, though it often closes at lunchtime on Saturdays when not in season. Tarbet exists on the map but I couldn't find any shops, Cambelltown is very disappointing - though it does have a Tesco.

Overall one of the most enjoyable, relaxing and delightful camping experiences I've ever had.

Date of Visit: August 2006 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Pajcaul 6 reviews from this member

Fantastic site.  Peaceful area and beautiful surroundings. The owners are very helpful.  We used a tent with electric hook up.  The camping area is yards from the beach.
Our children (11&10) loved the site, the children's activities and the freedom to play safely.
On site facilities are fine - there are portable toilets and shower by the camping field and another older toilet /shower building  near the entrance by the static caravans. Both were kept very clean.
There is a shop on site but foodstuff in it is very limited.  As it is over 14 miles down a single track road to the nearest shops, get your food shopping before arriving at the site. 
The cafe/takeaway is good but is only open until early evening. There is also a lounge /soft drinks bar and small library.  There is a games room with table tennis and pool table and a playground for the children. 
 We loved being able to enjoy camp fires on the beach each night.  We will definitely go again. 

Date of Visit: July 2005 Unit:  Static
Reviewer: Trinityracinguk 1 review from this member

I've been going to Port Ban for a few years now with my church (as the whole church goes) and it is fantastic. We usually take control of the place, the owner is a guy named Tim and couldn't be more laid back and helpful, you can really tell he loves the place. There is quite a lot of history to Port Ban that you really have to go out and discover for yourself. Its an ideal place for families, painters, photographers and anybody who wants to get away from it all, and see the sheer beauty god has created in the landscapes of this earth. The sunset is unique each night and the smell of a fire from the beach and the sound of happiness is unforgettable. This is the type of place that once you are there, you have to force yourself in the car to leave.

Date of Visit: August 2005
Reviewer: Aileenmcq 3 reviews from this member

My husband, myself and our 4 kids aged between 2 - 14 spent a week at Port Ban in August this year, with my sister, brother in law and nephew joining us for the last 2 days.

The site is on the west coast of the Kintyre Peninsula overlooking Jura, amidst some really spectacular scenery; approx. 40mins down a single track from Lochgilphead to the north and Tarbert to the south. These are the closest towns with Lochgilphead having the best selection of shops including a large CO OP. For anything larger your closest port of call would be Oban, about an hour and a halfs drive away. The area surrounding Port Ban has an absolute wealth of historical sites from standing stones to castles; so there is plenty to visit.

The camping field on the site is a few hundred yards from the main shower and toilet block; though there are temporary toilets with cold running water in the field itself. The toilets in both areas were cleaned regularly but the fixtures in the main block are beginning to show their age. We did tend to take our car when going to the shower block because our youngest, aged 2 found the walk a bit much. Timing proved also to be crucial unless you didn't mind a luke warm to cold shower. We found 8am was the best time to go or wait until nearer noon.

There is a good children's playground, with tennis, putting and canoeing also available. My brother in law even ventured in for a swim. The shop was generally well stocked, though a bit pricey and it does keep considerably shorter opening hours on a Sunday. Food in the coffee shop was good and reasonably priced.

Several activities were organised during the week including a ceilidh on the Friday night and a beach BBQ. Bonfires are allowed on the beach and there really isn't much can beat the sunset over Jura whilst enjoying a wee glass of wine.

My one warning would be take plenty of Citronella oil and Avon SSS with you as the midgies are rife. In all we found this a nice family friendly site though maybe a wee bit worn at the edges.

Reviewer: Upyerkilt 1 review from this member

July 2005
Last minute decision to go here and very glad I did. Myself, the missus and the weans had a great time here. Food on the site was excellent value. The campsite toilets were very clean, no hot water in them yet though, not until they get the electrics wired up. There is toilets and showers up near the wee shop. ( didnt manage to get a hot shower, it was luke warm but roasting when I did not need a shower)

Had a fire on the beach which is allowed. Crazy golf, kids climbing house and slide structure. Good area for cycling. Great for sight seeing. good for boating and fishing. Will not be my last time here. 9/10 for 4 days visit.

Reviewer: Wirral1 1 review from this member

July 2005
I & wife took 2 young kids for one week. Would have stayed longer if didn't have to come home. Although it's about 40 minutes drive through a narrow single lane to get ANYWHERE, the site itself was great. Right on a sandy/shingly beach from which you can launch boats, the site is clean & simple with a small shop and cafe and a playground for kids. While we were there a group of dolphins swam past, jumping & diving and watched by the entire site as the sun went down...magical.

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