In good weather, the location of this site is just idyllic- it is possible to camp overlooking the sandy beaches and turquoise bay with its tidal islets and rocky coves. It overlooks Iona and the island of Erraid. The sea around it is clean and safe for water sports, and the sunset from the campsite is just wonderful. There is plenty of space in the main camping field, and assuming you don't choose to camp right on the coast, you could pitch up with a good bit of space between you and others- even in high season. It is however, becoming a very popular and 'cool' site, for obvious reasons, and occasionally suffers because of this- a lot of visitors with a lot of money and a lot of kit who are clearly pitched up for a long stay, busy toilets and at times, a bit noisy. We did come in high season though, and recognise that, if you have the luxury of being able to come in May or June, it must be absolutely amazing. The facilities are very pleasant, although quite a walk to the main block and its showers and dishwashing facilities, and when it is as busy as it was when we were there, there are inevitable queues. A couple of plumbed portaloos are a handy addition for the middle of the night loo visits! Its a pleasant mile walk/drive/ride along a singletrack road into Fionnphort and the Iona ferry, a small shop selling the basics and the pub.
The other feature of the site is its exposure- we moved the day before we knew strong wind was coming in, and even then there was a constant strong breeze off the sea, and other campers who moved after us told us the site owner- the farmer- had gone round telling people to move off the top of the dunes overlooking the sea. Even to move off there though, there was very limited shelter and once the wind got up, it would have wrecked tents and ripped them to shreds. A site with the potential to be wonderful, or really pretty grim, dependent on what the weather throws at you!
The big plus point for this site is it's superb location beside a beautiful beach; white sand and calm, crystal clear water. There is also plenty of space to pitch on short turf that dries quickly. It is a very popular site but we were easily able to find a spot which felt uncrowded and gave privacy.
The facilities are very well kept despite the demands made on them by the high number of users. The only drawback is that there are few toilets/showers for the number of campers and so there is an element of queuing at busy times.
It is a remote site which is part of its attraction. There is a shop and a pub in Fionnport. The pub, The Keel Row, also does excellent carry out. The next nearest shop is small and in Bunessan about 15 minutes drive away.
Remote and beautiful location. Opportunities to pitch in different kinds of places. Ideal for a beach based holiday with good access for water facilities.
Generally quiet and we were there in high season with a lot of young people around.
The shower and toilet facilities are excellent in quality although relatively limited numbers.
Limited local facilities in Fionnphort but the pub (The Keel Row) serves excellent good value meals, and the local shop is reasonably stocked - recommend the local meats, cheese, pies, sausages and black pudding.
Having used the UKCampsite.co.uk reviews for searching out places thought it time I wrote a few up myself.
We absolutely love this site, often including Mull in a holiday just so we can visit. It is a bit like wild camping but on a site. Having our own facilities we park right down by the beach with the back of the van just a couple of yards from the sea. Spend hours watching the birds and watching the tide rise and fall.
Terrific walk across to the island at low tide by turning right when you leave the farm. It is like you are on an exotic island as you walk across. Great for a day trip over to Iona.
There are good facilities if you need them but we just use the water and chemical disposal point.
We found this campsite on UKCampsite.co.uk and had been looking forward to seeing it in the flesh.
It is everything the reviews say it is. The actual site is basic, with no hook-ups and a simple chemical disposal point. However the other features more than make up for this. The Shower / WC block is immaculate. The shower cubicles are roomy and the shower itself has the head on a removable hose (this saves me having to do a one handed handstand with legs splayed when rinsing the old undercarriage) sinks and loos all really clean. In the gents there is a chest freezer where you can freeze your cool blocks or store frozen goods, outside a couple of wall mounted taps supply drinking water. To book, simply call at the farmhouse and you will be greeted by pleasant friendly folk, who are all willing to help with advice and info.
Now for the site itself. Follow the road through the fence and over the cattle grid and WOW, take your pick. The site is in a bay and at low tide the beaches of white sand spread around lumps of rock which become mini islands at High tide. Depending where you pitch, you can have views of Iona, or further round the isle of Eraid and the small building belonging to the Findhorn Foundation. The water is crystal clear and if you choose your plot wisely can be only yards from your motorhome. We had our own little lagoon, with rock pools and boulders to sit on. We set up the Barbie and created our own little kitchen on the sand. Great fun. The views are seriously spectacular and we fell in love with the site straight away.
The village of Fionnphort ( pronounced Finnapert. I think)was one and a quarter miles away. We walked this most days and it took about 30 minutes. The village has a general store / post office and a pub/restaurant. The Iona ferry leaves from here as does the Staffa charter boats. Both trips are a must.
This is a superb site on a superb island. If I could I would give it 20/10.
Oh, by way. Don't forget to stop off at the Inverlussa Mussle farm on Lock Spelve. A kilo of the most freshest, tastiest mussels you could wish for. And at £1 per Kilo, a steal.
Was on a 'busman's holiday' (I work for the National Trust for Scotland) and spent 3 nights at Fidden very recently. Thought it was one of the best sites I've stayed at. Its open and rugged nature, combined with very well-drained grassy expanses meant that finding a level, suitable pitch with excellent prospects was incredibly easy.
The Toilet block as clean, if not a bit small (only 2 loos for gents) but clean - no real problems with waiting.
Cost was excellent value as far as I'm concerned - £7 per adult and £4 for kids (had my 2 boys with me). Even better, at least during my stay, was a general quiet period from 9pm onwards. No car stereos, no drunken sing-alongs. Fab.
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