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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: 10 electrical hook ups, 45 tent pitches
Open: February Until End Of November

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 33 Reviews
              9/10 from 33 Reviews

Units accepted:    Tents  Caravans  Motorhomes 

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Date of Visit: April 2010 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: UnclePete 2 reviews from this member

Spent 5 nights at Port Mor on Islay. Fantastic site with top class facilities which were spotlessly clean and well managed by James who runs the centre. The whole complex is only a few years old and comprises a community facility which is combined with a football field and campsite.

The eight gravel pitches with hook ups for vans are down at the bottom of the site quite a way from the main building with the showers etc, but the short stroll to get to them is a small sacrifice to make for the fantastic views over the loch you get from your van. If you are in a tent however you can pitch much closer to the building if you wish.

The centre has a cafe, which has just been taken over by a new chef, spotless showers and loos, washing machine and tumble drier (coin operated), inside washing up area, a fantastic kids adventure style play ground and a chemical loo emptying point.

Situated a few hundred metres south of the village of Port Charlotte its a ten minute brisk stroll to the wonderful Port Charlotte Hotel which serves some fine food (book a table in the bar as it gets busy in the evenings) and some even finer real ales from the Islay brewery which is just up the road at Bridgend.

A great place to stay, and although not very central, a good base to explore this wonderful island from as you are never too far away from anywhere on Islay.

Will be back soon I hope.

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Cathy Sims 22 reviews from this member

We thought this was a great site.

The facilities were excellent and well thought out. It is on the outskirts of the village so easy to walk to the shop, pubs and local museums

The site even includes a burial cairn at the edge of the camping field!

The community playground on the edge of the campsite was magnificent and very popular with families camping on the site

Our motorhome was allocated a pitch with hardstanding and a hook-up.The views were superb and included the Paps on Jura when the weather was clear but the downside was the wind could blow over hard over Loch Indaal and did!

Site staff were very friendly and helpful, making us feel very welcome. We did not try the cafe but it looked very good

The island roads are very narrow so we decided to hire a car instead of using the motorhome as transport. Full marks to the lady from D and N Mackenzie who delivered a hire car to the campsite and fetched it back at the end of our stay

We thoroughly recommend this site

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Dead Sheep 13 reviews from this member

Port Mor is an excellent site that was well maintained, clean, tidy and well kept. The Warden was extremely friendly but also unobtrusive.

The main building is effectively a community facility which doubles up as the site's main building during the holiday season. Campers have exclusive access to the showering and cleaning facilities during the holiday period. At the other end of the building is an excellent, albeit slightly pricey, restaurant / cafe. The whole building is superbly clean, well maintained with more than sufficient hot water supplies. It was the sort of place where you would not wish to leave the shower.

There are great views looking across the sea loch towards the other part of Islay and the north of Ulster can be seen to the south on a very clear day. It is an excellent location for access to most part of the island (35 mins drive to Port Askaig or 50 mins drive to Port Ellen).

One serious word of warning. The site is very exposed to winds off the nearby sea. There is little protection from either hills or trees. During our stay, strong to gale force winds whipped across the site causing damage to some tents - but that is Scottish weather for you!

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Welshyo 1 review from this member

Just back from a great 5 days in Islay, camping at the Port Mor centre. Can't recommend the campsite highly enough, it was brilliant. Clean toilets and showers, a cafe on site where the food prices seemed quite reasonable, although I only had a coffee and chips as I was on a very tight budget and so was cooking my own food. There's a washing machine and a dryer, and a freezer. The only thing that would have made it better would be a fridge.
For children there's a great playground outside and a few toys in the cafe - it's a very children-friendly place. The view across Loch Indaal from the site is beautiful, but be prepared for the wind. Port Charlotte village is just a short walk from the site, and there's a good wee Spar/Post Office, and the Port Charlotte Hotel and the Loch Indaal Hotel have friendly public bars.
A bus stop away is Bruichladdich village, where the distillery is, and Debbie's village shop where you can sit outside and have a lovely coffee. The buses are great, and the bus drivers are really friendly and helpful, but remember that they stop at around 5.20pm so if you're relying on the buses to get around (as I was) you're a bit limited in where you can go on the island. Hire a bike!
If you're on Islay on a Monday I recommend you go to the Visitors Welcome Evening, you get to see a slideshow and a talk about Islay and Jura, a few songs from local singers, and a few drams of the lovely whiskies and some dumpling. I can't wait to get back to this beautiful Island.

Date of Visit: May 2009 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: FletchersHB 3 reviews from this member

Great location, fantastic views. Excellent facilities, all very new and clean - toilets (separate toilet for children), showers, washing up and clothes washing all in one large main building. Ran out of hot water (supplied by solar heating with a boiler backup I think) a couple of times, but more available fairly quickly. James, the warden is very helpful.

Great food in the on site restaurant - seafood very high quality and very low price; no need to visit the Port Charlotte hotel for seafood (which is also very good but considerably more expensive). Staff in restaurant more than happy to cater for vegetarians even if there's nothing specific for them on the menu. View from the restaurant is spectacular.

Overall a great site, very easy access to Port Charlotte - 10 minute walk with small children. Port Charlotte has two hotels / pubs, both do food and serve decent beer, also a post office and bus stops for the main bus and post bus.

Site is very good value for money, too. About 10 hookups available, no problems with the supply. Possibly a lack of grass with each hardstanding (for awnings to go on); the hookup pitches are very close together.
Excellent children's playground with loads of equipment of a very high standard, plus a small football pitch next to the main pitch. Plenty of space on site for kids and adults alike. Fairly easy access to the shoreline - loads of birds about and some evidence of otters although we didn't see any :-(

Date of Visit: May 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Baldockchris 2 reviews from this member

Excellent site on the coast of of Loch Indaal, great pitches for tents which are very well drained, fantastic views. Shower { no coins required} and facilities very clean and comprehensive.
Site has cafe with internet connections 10 mins walk into Port charlotte and Portahaven well worth a vist with great pub.

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