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Visitor Reviews - Red Squirrel Campsite

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Red Squirrel Campsite
Leacantuim Farm
Glencoe
Argyll   (Browse area)
PH49 4HX   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01855 811256

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Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 76 Reviews
              8/10 from 76 Reviews


Units accepted:    Tents  No Caravans  Motorhomes 

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Date of Visit: November 2015 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Markphelan 18 reviews from this member

We stopped in to this site on our way through after hearing recommendations for it over the years. It's in a great location, far enough off the 'beaten track' to think you're well away from it all but close enough to the A82 to be conveniently located for getting there.

The views are stunning - the site sits in the valley surrounded by mountains (snow-capped in November!) by a stream that winds along the edge of the site. It's a large area, but mostly aimed at tents with a small hardstanding area for campervans but no hookup facilities at all. It has a great layout, not uniform at all but there are small spaces for individual tents and larger areas for groups to pitch together.

We are usually to be found staying in our tent and would probably have been more 'at home' in it here - we felt a little out of place in our campervan amongst the smattering of tents braving the November elements!

The facilities on the site looked pretty decent, but were actually quite disappointing. It was very hit and miss whether you could find a shower that worked properly (either no water, no hot water, or hot enough to make a cup of tea with!) and the wash-up facilities had no water at all (hot or cold) and the sinks were full of leaves. Whether this was a result of low-season or not, it was disappointing that the £10/night charge per person couldn't be spent on ensuring everything worked as it should year-round.

In the end we washed our dishes in a bucket which we filled up from one of the thermo-nuclear showers and left to stand in the rain for 10 minutes!

The warden was friendly when he was around but most often his little cabin was closed so there was nobody to speak to about the non-functional facilities.

I can imagine that, given the size of the site, the facilities can become very busy in the summer. With only 2 washing-up sinks I would guess it can result in queues, however the excellent Clachaig Inn which is a short walk down the road looked to serve excellent food (the bolw of chips we had was spot-on), and the choice of beer and cider was also excellent. It catered for all visitors - a stone-floor 'barn' for walkers, or a posh restaurant for those who hadn't just come in off the hills. Dogs were welcome, and there was live music in the evening too.

I think the walking in the area is probably the main attraction for this site - although we only spent 1 night and weren't able to explore I would love to return some time and get up in to the hills early in the morning, returning later in the day to put my feet up and enjoy a few drinks and some decent grub in the bar for the evening.

Overall, a mixed review - I can certainly see the appeal but I just thought it was a shame it wasn't a little better managed to ensure everything on the site worked as it should, especially if they're open all year round - a decent shower after a day of walking is definitely needed!

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Arniesdad 13 reviews from this member

This is a really nice site, primarily for 'tenters' and still remains (just) in my top three Scottish sites. Pitches are scattered through a woodland next to a fast-flowing river and, particularly off season, it is a peaceful almost idyllic place. A famous pub with good food is 10min down the road and the site is one of the few open all year. Inexorably prices seem to go up every year (why? what expenses in running the place have increased over this last year?)and are now £10 pp which I suppose is average now. Here comes the grumble - the site advertises 'new showers and toilet blocks' and these are indeed excellent WHEN THEY ARE OPEN but a couple of times recently one or other of the new ladies/gents has been closed reverting back to the old, 'overflow' facilities with their showers that seem to have scald or shiver settings. This may of course just be the result of unfortunate break-downs at non-high season times but increase in price with decrease in facilities is not good news. I'll still use the site though because of it's situation. (ratings assumes 'new' facilities open)

Date of Visit: February 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Heath63 11 reviews from this member

Stayed here for the week, after years of wanting to visit. The site did not disappoint, breathtaking location, situated next to the River Coe, surrounded by mountains. Fires are allowed, Which added to the ambience of camping. (i wish more sites allow fires)

The warden was very friendly, hot showers, toilets included in the tarrif. EHU is not available, Which I'm pleased, as it would remove the essence of the site.

The pub is within walking distant, serves good food and drinks. There is a general store in the village. For a big shop, Fort William is a good place and for souvenires.

It is a great place to take the dog, as there are enjoyable walks. Mine thought he was in paradise. So did I.

Date of Visit: February 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Diwlsn 5 reviews from this member

What a fantastic campsite. I have fallen in love with the place!

Its situated alongside the river coe and the views all round are amazing! real campfires allowed. The warden is great and very helpful.

The facilities are excellent! the clachaig inn is a fab, about a 10-15 min walk from the site, lovely food and great atmosphere!

Its 2 miles from glencoe where there is a great little village shop for supplies.

Will deffo be back :)

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Agemmell 2 reviews from this member

Love it! What a lovely atmosphere, welcome and setting. In the evening all the campfires are lit and everyone is chatting. The pitches are spread throughout woodland areas which make the experience a lot more like wild camping. The facilities are spot on, and although there are a few 'rules' signs around, they are humorous and positive. We will be back x

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Shanxpony 10 reviews from this member

Have used this site many times over the years and love it. The open fires give it a wild-camping feel. Facilities have been much improved in recent years, and the Clachaig Inn up the road has food and weekend entertainment in case you can't be bothered with the cooking duties.

The negatives are that it is renowned for its midges in summer, gets very crowded due to its popularity (as does the pub too these days), and I found the £10 price tag for one person a bit on the high side.

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