What a superbly run campsite which is a credit to the local community who saw a gap in the market and amply filled it!
We spent just two nights here in early September 2014 and the site was full each night. The hardstanding pitches at the bottom of the site are a bit close together but the sea views & the spectacular sunrise soon made up for that small criticism.
There are two water fill point - one at the top of the driveway by the equipment store and another one adjacent to the pitches. The EHU’s are against the fence and easily accessible. The CDP is up by the café/clubhouse so is a bit of a distance away, so maybe a small trolley would be a good investment!
The toilets, showers and washing up areas were kept spotless and are accessible at all times – even when the café etc. Is closed.
We had a fish & chip lunch at the café [to be recommended] and also made use of their free Wi-Fi facility [in the café only].
The staff were all friendly and accessible.
Port Charlotte has two pubs/hotels as well as a SPAR shop and the Museum of Islay Life.
There appears to be only one other campsite on Islay, so you have little choice should you not wish to wild camp. It would be great if other communities on the island could provide a similar campsite – say at Bowmore. Or maybe the RSPB could put aside some land on one of their two reserves?
This is a lovely site. It's very well kept and has a football pitch, an excellent children's playpark, good facilities and a cafe on site.
It is within easy walking distance of Port Charlotte, and slightly further from Bruichladdich, which has the best distillery tour on the island.
The only slight criticism we have is that the electric hookups were very close together. When we stayed the weather was so good we didn't actually need any electronic gizmos, and wished we hadn't booked a hookup!
We camped at Port Mor for 7 nights in July 13, and had a brilliant holiday. The site was perfect for our boys aged 11 & 8, with the football pitches and play park. The view from the site is amazing over Loch Indaal.
The showers, toilets and washing up block was kept spotless, and we never had to wait for a shower. We never used the cafe, but it was always busy with locals and campers alike. The best place to pitch up is along the bottom bottom for the view, these pitches filled up quickly, but plenty of spaces elsewhere too and the view would still be fine. What a great community facility this is.
The weather was hot and sunny the whole week, and we spent a lot of time on the beaches, the local ones are lovely. The distilleries are worth visiting, the local one, Bruichladdich, was the most welcoming, giving myself and the boys complimentary juice and water on a hot day while hubby sampled a malt or two. We also had a nice lunch at Ardbeg. Finlaggan and the American Monument also worth a visit.
We looked at Kintra campsite while there, but felt that Port Mor was the right right choice for us. It was a great base base for the whole island, and one of our most enjoyable camping trips, would definitely recommend it.
We loved the laid back and friendly feel of Islay.
This community run campsite is situated on the edge of Port Charlotte village with most pitches overlooking the bay with views to Jura and beyond. The helpful and friendly wardens were a credit to the place.
The facilities are shared by the community - you walk past the football pitches to the shower/toilet block. There are separate toilets and showers for both men and women. Facilities incredibly clean but the shower area (Ladies) was quite small -and appeared busy at times and a little reminiscent of school changing rooms.
There is a cafe/restaurant open until 8pm which also sells postcards and gifts.
There is Wifi at a 3 pound a day charge for use with own device or 1 hour loan of a laptop- wifi coverage in the centre only.
Port Charlotte centre is a short walk away -it is a pretty and friendly village. There is a small shop and a pub and a hotel. Would recommend the hotel bar -with sea views-the bar meals looked fab- unfortunately did not get a taste as tables fully booked when we called in The hotel has a restaurant also.
There is a local bus stop a short distance from the site.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would return.
Islay is the most friendly Scotish island we have visited. So much to see and do. First distilleries, (8 I think). Ardbeg I'm told is the best. We enjoyed Lagavulin, if you pay the £6 tour fee this will give you a £3 off a bottle and a free tasting glass, and free entrance to Caol Ila, not bad plus the same deal applies to their other distilleries in the group in the rest of Scotland. Hic.
Islay Woollen Mill is worth a visit for everything Tarten, gifts and a look at how Tarten is made. Torisdale is a working croft selling everything crafty / knitting / spinning, we bought a fleece which once belonged to Mary the sheep, thank you Mary.
Beautiful beaches and a landscape that changes with the weather and nearly midge free make this a great place to relax.
Now for the site, Port Mor is a community run site that is to say it is added to a football pitch and changing rooms that the campsite have access too, plus a cafe open 9 to 8 in the evening serving a good range of food. Here also is fresh water and both emptying points which are 50 yards or so from the ehu pitches. All are very clean and tidy. There is a brilliant play area.
Tents have a area of quite level grass to pitch where they like (no marked pitches). Caravans/motor homes wanting electric hook up have around 10 pitches that are close together but as they are herringbone fashion you have clear views of Loch Idaal and east to Islay. The sports pitches were not used while we were there for our 7 nights. Only for a fete which was lovely to be part of island life for a while.
There are good dog walks from the site. Road fuels are very dear about 15p per litre over mainland prices. Bowmore is the centre of all good shops including, vets, takeaways, gift shops and a Co-op.
The RSPB reserve is also worth a look which has 2 hides and a small visitor centre.
Do go but don't steal my pitch please. Thank you Islay we will be back.
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