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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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Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 30 Reviews
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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.

Reviewer: Tim and Cary 60 reviews from this member

August 2004
Port Ban is rather remote and involves travelling quite a long distance on single track roads - we did manage it with our large twin-axle van, however. The site is very self contained with cafe, shop, library, etc. It's as well to stock up on basic food supplies as it's a long way to the nearest town.

It has a superb location overlooking its own beach. We got a touring caravan pitch right above the beach 2 metres forward and one metre down. The views across to the Paps of Jura are superb especially the sunsets. It's a great place for messing about in boats and canoes can be hired. There are plenty of simple type pleasures for kids.

On the way home we extended our holiday by````` travelling by ferry to the Isle of Arran for a few days and then on to Ayrshire. That, also, saved some a lot of single-track miles driving home.

Reviewer: Niblue 22 reviews from this member

May 2004
I've taken my kids to this site a couple of times now, and we've very much enjoyed it. We were camping and there is a seperate field for this a couple of hundred yards or so away from the main static caravan area. There are good play facilities and a decent cafe/fish & chip shop on site.

The high point though has to be the wonderful views out over the sea to the islands, a very lovely site to greet you on opening your tent of a morning. There is also a nice beach which my kids enjoyed exploring.

If staying here my advice would be to pick up fish and chips from the shops and head down to the beach to enjoy them while taking in the view to Islay and Jura.

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