What a cracking site hid away in argylls secret coast. This is a quiet peaceful very well run site. The lady that owns and runs the site makes you feel very welcome and relaxed. The site benefits from having a lot of experienced caravanners that know how to behave and they are a good friendly bunch. I have been to lots of sites, some I would never go back too, some I was glad to get out of, but after a 6 week stay at glendaruel me and my kids were sad to leave and are looking forward to getting back there, this place is well worth a visit. The site is great and there is a vast beautiful area surrounding it to explore. You will enjoy a holiday there
I last visited this site in Cowal over 10 years ago, and I suggest potential visitors set aside the oldest reviews as they no longer apply.
The house and its courtyard, where Reception, toilets, shop etc used to be are now self-catering, and not part of the site. Reception is in a new curved roof profiled metal unit that matches the one chic camping pod (looking up the glen).
The owner is very friendly and helpful, and easily found. We chose our own pitch amongst the big trees backing onto the field of beef cattle, but the ground was sodden after the rain so even the hardstanding was waterlogged. About half the pitches are seasonals - mostly guys there for the fishing.
The toilets are in what looks like a former army hut; they are clean and fresh, albeit with an oddly eclectic mix of fittings.
The shower (one ladies, one gents) is free, and in a room big enough to take the family. We never had to queue, but the site was quiet due to the wet weather. We didn't need the laundry or play area.
The covered pot wash has picnic tables for tenters, which was a nice touch. The recycling facilities behind it are comprehensive.
The site is totally silent (apart from the cattle lowing) - we slept in both mornings. Pleasant walks (with or without dog) in the woods above the site, past pretty waterfalls and up onto the open hills.
Cowal has enough pottering for a long weekend. Yes, the ferry to the Isle of Bute is pricy but a visit to the remarkable Mount Stuart fills a day, topped off with seal watching on the west coast.
Views down the Kyles of Bute en route to Tighnabruaich are tremendous - it's much closer than Dunoon for essential shopping, or seafood dining, or to admire the yachts at anchor. Benmore Botanics by Dunoon are worth visiting at Rhododendron time.
For larger motorhomes crossing to the mainland rather than drive 2-3 hours round, pre-paid Western Ferries tickets cost less than buying them on the roll-on-roll-off ferry (Western Ferries are more frequent than CalMac.) In addition, the vehicle length for tickets steps up at 5.0 metres. We are 5.3 m long and were advised that next time we should buy *two pre-paid single car tickets (plus the occupants' tickets) from the shops in Dunoon: it's much cheaper than one motorhome ticket.
An excellent camp site for exploring this wonderful area of argyll.
Spent the weekend at a geocaching event and was pleased with the campsite owners help and advise for the weekend.
The site itself is exactly as a camp site should be, all the amenities that you would require for camping are here on site and clean, well maintained and open all night. If yopu are looking for 5 star then go to a hotel.
Overall a brilliant site that we would be glad to come back to again and again.
Lovely quiet, site set in beautiful surroundings with lovely walks through trees and also to a waterfall behind the site. There were lots of rabbits running around; unfortunately there were lots of midges too!
Only a few toilets/showers but didnít have to queue.
The campersí kitchen was outside (covered roof) and consisted of two sinks and a picnic table.
The owner was friendly and it was a relaxed site. We only stayed two nights before we travelled further north. I would return here again.
We loved this site. It's got a very natural feel, not too regimented either in terms of layout or in terms of rules and regulations. We got a lovely pitch near the playpark, which is very nice and the kids (and dog) were fascinated by the blonde rabbits which abound. The toilet blocks were very clean and well maintained and even though we were staying on the first weekend of the school holidays, we never had to queue for a shower. The site is small enough that we were able to afford our kids (5 and 3 1/2) a bit of freedom and we found other people on the site to be very friendly.
The owners were very friendly and couldn't do enough to help. We lost a nut for one of our awning clamps and on asking for help the staff member in question disappeared into the garage and found one for us. Although shop hours seem limited, we found that even if shut, someone would almost always appear and open up for us. No-one batted an eye at the dog.
There's a lovely walk up to a waterfall and beyond, which is accessed right behind the site, and the Cowal Way passes by. It's not a site for those who want entertainment laid on, but we found more than enough to do in the area. The scenery is stunning. Tarbert is a short ferry ride away and Tighnabruaich is worth a look. There's a beautiful sandy bay (Kilbride Bay) on the other side of the peninsula, but those with kids be aware that it's about a mile's walk down a no-vehicles track to get there.
For those in tents, there's a great Campers' Kitchen, under cover and with picnic benches for eating at (you provide the cooker).
One small rider to all this positivity.If you can't stand midges this may not be the place for you. It's not just the site, it's the whole area. All that greenery has to have a downside and the way we saw it, the midges probably keep the hordes away!
All in all, a great place and we'll be back.
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