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Visitor Reviews - Kintra Farm

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Kintra Farm
Port Ellen
Islay
Argyll   (Browse area)
PA42 7AT   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01496 302051

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Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 14 Reviews
              9/10 from 14 Reviews


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Reviews:  14 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Pusscat 3 reviews from this member

Best site ever for wildlife, sunsets, walks on the beach, walks to Mull of Oa, and generally relaxing. The owner was a true gentleman, giving local history and natural history information. We are used to campsites where facilities are far more basic than this so had no grumbles, and the fridge freezers were great if only guests cleared them on leaving and did not thieve your cool packs. Looking forward to a revisit sometime.

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: MaggieMc 6 reviews from this member

A lovely, peaceful site in the dunes on a working farm. Perfect if you want to get away from it all entirely. The water is still from a standpipe and is brown and still best boiled before drinking! (we opted to bring our own) All the previous reviews from years ago still hold true, except that the approach road is better now.

The facilities are basic and could be improved on a little. The ladies has one shower and 3 toilets and the floor was always wet and a little dirty. It smelt a little damp. If there was improved ventilation I think that would help a lot.

Levelling blocks are helpful although there are some level pitches.

The beach is great- I wish we had a kayak or board with us.

Port Ellen is a few miles easy cycling away and has a Spar and a Coop. The newly refurbished The Islay Hotel (on the corner on the way to the ferry) is a lovely place to eat out- it has a lovely beer garden and the food was delicious -well presented, with welcoming, friendly staff. There are then 3 distilleries within a few miles- Laggavoulin, Laphroaig, Ardbeg- again easy cycling on quiet roads.

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: The-monsters 4 reviews from this member

A lovely site set in the dunes - choose your own pitch - with fantastic views. We chose a pitch almost on the beach and lit a fire just outside our tent which was great fun.

Quite a walk to toilets and showers which were very clean and free. Kettle and facilities for campers were appreciated.

We did see all the rules which were quite amusing but to be honest only common sense. The one we felt was a bit rich was 50p to charge mobiles etc but I guess we can understand why.

Road up to the site was quite rough and a track by the end but keep on going!

Date of Visit: September 2010 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Dot P 278 reviews from this member

Site if set along the sea shore on the sand dunes - literally steps onto the sandy beach from some pitches. Water on site - no electric hookups available. The toilets / showers are at the farm a short walk away. 2 toilets / 1 shower each for ladies / gents/ Old looking but clean and functional.

One thing to note - they don't allow you to empty chemical toilets at all - therefore best to turn up empty and use the site facilities.

View across the loch is stunning - and you can walk for literally 3-4 miles along the beach. The golf club is a short walk up a track, worth a visit for a drink.

We visited Mull of Oa whilst staying and walked up to the American monument (built to commemorate 2 ships that sunk in WWI) - a bit of a hike but worth it to see the amazing monument and the views.

We paid £6 for 2 adults plus £8 for camper, prices vary depending on your van / tent size.

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Farmers wife 4 reviews from this member

An absolutely fantastic area to camp - right on the beach - amazing views and lots of privacy as you can camp pretty much where you like in the rolling dunes (pitches are not marked out). We found a bit of shelter was best as the wind can get up!

Facilities are basic but functional with plenty of hot water in both the showers- all the facilities are together in a converted farm building (fridge, washing up sinks, toilets, showers) so one trip covered everything.

Could do with a lick of paint and a little update but nothing too major. Do be aware though if you arrive on the late ferry that the owners will not be around to welcome you or take you through the unbelievable amount of rules, dos and don'ts (seems a bit daft to me as most campers arrive at that time 8.30pm)

There are certain areas that, for reasons that are beyond me, you cannot camp on - however the only guideline for this is a poorly drawn upside down map of the site.

It would make more sense to clearly mark this on the beach path as many of us failed to comprehend it! The lady we spoke to was not very friendly throughout our stay, however the site and the views make up for any other lackings and it truly is a beautiful spot.

Date of Visit: July 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Mcockayne 3 reviews from this member

The site can be found 10 minutes from the port. Your can't book a pitch so just turn up and pay.

Pitching is varied depending on your unit and preference to location. We pitched right on the edge of the dunes but you can pitch in a more sheltered location (if available). The view from your tent is spectacular. The sandy beech stretches for miles and is flanked by hills and mountains. Cloud permitting you will get a fantastic sun set at night across the bay.
The pitches are all grass which can be long in some areas so be prepared to pitch with flexibility, a good walk round the site before pitching is a good idea to find those secret and ideal locations!

The toilets and showers (only used the gents) need a re-vamp. They are clean and hot water is always available but only have one shower. A lick of paint is all that's needed. Washing machine, tumble dryer, telephone charging all available payable locally. Two sinks for washing up in the same block as facilities. Two fridges if required.

As per previous comments on rules, there are a lot but personally found them entertaining to read whilst washing the dishes. The site seems to be run a little old school but we can understand why the rules are there, staff are very friendly and helpful.

There are only two camping sites on Islay, here and Port Charlotte. We did visit the site at Port Charlotte when driving by. It seems to have better and modern facilities with a children's play area and restaurant but lacks the WOW factor, vista and charcter of Kintra Farm.

Our weather for the week was very sunny except our last day where we had to take down the tent due to heavy winds. Be prepared for heavy winds and rain. Whilst we have a good quality Sunncamp Oasis 700 tent, we and other campers were taken by surprise the the force of the wind. The elements are a risk here but for us it was well worth it and this shouldn't put you off visiting as long as you are prepared.

No need to tell you about what the islands offers, scenery, whiskey and walking are everywhere!

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