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Visitor Reviews - Isle Of Iona Campsite ( Cnoc Oran )

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Isle Of Iona Campsite ( Cnoc Oran )
Cnoc Oran
Isle Of Iona
Argyll   (Browse area)
PA76 6SP   See Map
Tel: 01681 700112
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Pitches: 30
Open: April To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 6/10 from 2 Reviews
                6/10 from 2 Reviews

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 Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   Seasonal Pitches   No Caravan Storage 
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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
Facilities
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop On Site   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant <1 mile   Wifi Access 
Activities
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing <1 mile   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding   Cycle Hire   Golf <1 mile   Tennis 
 Beach <1 mile   Watersports   Boat Launch / Mooring <1 mile 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport <1 mile 

Reviews:

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Date of Visit: June 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Quartz 10 reviews from this member

The campsite is a 1 mile walk from the pier. Take the first left along the coast and after the crossroads it is on the right hand side.

The campsite is behind the farm house and B&B in a field. A 'reception' sign in the window of the house does not mean you should enter the house as we found out.

The site is uneven and not particularly well drained. However given the island this is not surprising! Some rock outcrops and walls provide shelter from the very strong wind.

The toilet block is basic, with 3 cubicles and 2 showers. However the price at 5 pppn is cheap.

There are very few cars on the island so it is quite peaceful. There are two shops in the village; a touristy shop with some groceries and a bigger Spar. There are a number of restaurants available too.

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Worldoftofuness 15 reviews from this member

Probably the most basic campsite (bar one, which was also in Scotland) I've ever stayed on. It's just a big field, with a very small sanitary block (take a torch, as you'll never find it in the dark) and a picnic table. When I went the farming family seemed to be living in a caravan there, so 'reception' was a case of knocking on the door and giving your 5pppn to whoever happens to be in (they also advertised eggs for sale).

Despite being a Sunday night in August, there was only 1 other tent there. So, no issue of queues for the shower. The shower itself was a pleasant surprise, the unit looking reasonably modern inside and a powerful shot of hot water.

It's a low-key site: I even managed to miss the entrance on my way back from the village. Don't forget to take your torch if you go to the village, as it gets very dark once you leave the street lamps! Motorised vehicles are heavily restricted on Iona (perhaps why the site wasn't more occupied on my visit), but watch out for the odd unlit cyclist.

Iona itself warrants a longer stay than the usual daytrip. As well as the Abbey (your ticket is valid more than 1 day, so no need to rush round), there's a boat trip to Staffa, admiring the turquoise sea/white beaches and just the pleasure of wandering. I'd spent the previous night in the hostel at the other end of the island, and met a bloke who had spent a WEEK there!

There's a village shop (not very exciting but has all the basics), 2 hotel-bars, a daytime 'community' cafe and a cafe-restaurant with longer opening hours. There's also a payphone and several craft shops. Both hotels are proud of the quality of their food, in particular the St Columba with its vegetable gardens. Unfortunately I only got to eat at one: had been looking forward to an advertised speciality breakfast at the other, but (as I only found out when I asked at the bar) they were closed to the public due to the imminent arrival of a coach party! The breakfast I had at the cafe-restaurant was more 'bog standard' fare.

All in all, once you get away from the coach parties, a nice island for a couple of days and a serviceable site to stay.


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