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Carradale Bay Caravan Park
Carradale Estate
Argyll   (Browse area)
PA28 6QG
Tel: 01583 431665
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Pitches: 60
Open: March To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 58 Reviews
                9/10 from 58 Reviews

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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 
 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 <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant <1 mile   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing On Site   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <1 mile   Cycle Hire <1 mile   Golf <1 mile   Tennis 
 Beach On Site   Watersports On Site   Boat Launch / Mooring On Site 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Seaside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport <1 mile 

Reviews:  58 in total, now showing 37 to 42                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: May 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Tom061087 2 reviews from this member

Myself and a friend stayed here as part of a two week cycle touring the west coast of Scotland. It's probably best to sum up the site at this stage by saying the standard of facilities were the best experienced during the whole 14 nights of camping by a country mile.

In more detail: I have seen some reviews from the past criticising the toilet block one way or another, clearly this problem if it ever existed has been addressed and more as it is hard to imagine a cleaner, more spacious and comfortable campsite washroom than we experienced. The number of showers / toilets / basins available is more than ample and the fact that the building is well heated (unusual for a campsite in our experience) was much appreciated during the unusually cold May weather this year.

Laundry facilities were also good and reasonably priced in comparison with other sites while the usual dishwasing facilities etc were available and to an above average standard.

The pitch we were put on did not have sea views but was very pleasant all the same. There are not many corners of the site where the hills of Arran are not in view and they make an impressive backdrop. A very short way away is the beach which is very impressive so if you value your sea views it shouldn't mount too much of a challenge to carry the deckchairs down there.

I should also add that the owner was very welcoming and keen to provide all sorts of information with a particular expertise on fishing the adjacent river. I know very little on this subject but my friend who is a very keen fisherman was certainly impressed and seemed to think the opportunities on offer were well worth a visit in their own right.

The location of the site is on a winding and undulating road and as cyclists the jumble of 'steep hill' indicators on the OS road maps very nearly convinced us to cycle both south and north on the other side of the Kintyre peninsular. This would've been a mistake due to the quality of this campsite, the much greater scenic appeal of east Kintyre compared to the west, and the fact that the hills are nowhere near as tortuous as the map suggests!

Date of Visit: April 2010 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: TonyCv51 8 reviews from this member

Spent 2 lovely days here - the beach is great and the views were stunning as the Arran mountains were covered in snow. To update on some other reviews from previous years :-

- toilet block has been just been re-furbished

- the tracks are still gravel / hard core but were in good condition and all potholes were filled in - though the local council could do with making sure the ones on the roads to the site were also repaired

- on the beach front the bracken / gorse had been cut down for those wanting a sea view, though there are still high banks of it for those who prefer / need more shelter further back.

Owner was very helpful with advice when the Ferries to Arran were postponed due to high winds on the day of our departure.

We travelled to/from the site 'anti-clockwise' in our Motorhome (a 7m coachbuilt) ie. Down the west coast and then up to the site when arriving, then up to the ferry across to Arran via the single track road when leaving. We were a bit nervous about the single track road but on reflection it was fine as long as you take your time and only use the passing places ie. Avoid the temptation to pass on the soft verges as we saw several places where it looked like people had got stuck

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Sarahburns 2 reviews from this member

We stayed at this site firstly in May and then returned for a longer stay in August. WHAT A GEM!

The site is set right next to the beach which is fantastic. We had to walk only 20 yards and we were on the sand, great for dog walking and the children on the pitch next to us seemed to spend their whole holiday playing on the sand, despite a few wet days.

The site is kept to a high standard and we could not fault the cleanliness, dispite the wet weather and some inconsiderate campers walking into the facilities without wipping their feet. The toilets were a bit dated but again very clean and perfectly adequate. We have stayed on sites with far worse. The staff wher first class and when we had a problem with our motorhome they went out of their way to help.

The site is well maintained with grass pitches which was kept very short. Grass cutter wizzing round whenever the it was dry enough. Between our first visit in May and the later one in August the bracken at the top of the beach had grown and although it did restrict the view slightly it was very pretty and I imagine a good habitat for wildlife.

Carradale village seems to be stuck in a time warp which is the rather nice. There are a few places to eat out and a pub which was great.

We will return to this great site.

Date of Visit: July 2009 Unit:  Other Rating:
Reviewer: Ticketty Boo! 1 review from this member

The very fact that hundreds if not thousands of people are returning here year after year speaks volumes for the place. It's not Las Vegas. It's not the Ritz. If the most you have to complain about is rabbits - then it's time you stayed in a pet free hotel.

This place is the ultimate in peace, tranquillity and friendliness. If you want any of these qualities - along with many more that are equally desirable - then you have stumbled upon your own personal Utopia.

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Fiona W 167 reviews from this member

Would I recommend a visit to Carradale itself? Absolutely - for its beautiful beach, its big skies, its fabulous views of Arran's peaks,its quirky golf course, its walks, its hotel food and its gold foundry workshop. Would I recommend staying at this site? absolutely not, if you have a motorhome, which is a pity as it used to be a favourite of mine when we tented.

Shockingly expensive at 33 GBP a night for a hookup on a patch of rutted bare earth. (Yes, 7-8 GBP cheaper to Caravan Club members, but it was not suggested that we join. If you're coming for a week, it it's worth joining.) This is the price of a 'resort site' in the South Lakes in July 2009, for which you would get a swimming pool, campers kitchen or a restaurant, disabled toilet/family suite, private sink cubicles, hard standing, a TV socket, a water pipe at each pitch and possibly your own grey water drain. It might not matter to you, but you don't get any of these at Carradale - its awards were won many years ago, and were deserved then, but now the site is resting on its laurels. The other sites we went to in Argyll this week charged half to one third of this fee, yet all were better managed and maintained with better facilities and just as much of interest off site.

Given the takings - the site was full, midweek: 60 hook-ups, do the sums - it's shocking that there is virtually no sign of any capital works at Carradale since our last visit about seven years ago. Sure, there's now a hardcore access track to avoid passing through the farmyard to the east, but it needs re-surfacing. The same shabby toilet cubicles are permanently locked because the toilets don't work, there are no disabled facilities as far as I could see, no family / privacy sink cubicles, and there are many deep and unavoidable potholes throughout the site that triggered a knocking noise in our motorhome suspension for the rest of the week.

There has also been minimum maintenance to the landscape. The gorse on the banks has got taller and now blocks the famous sea views (check against old photos) and - more dangerously - obscures sight lines so drivers can't see anyone coming out from behind the gorse. The bracken (with its spores) has spread wider, paths are worn to ruts in the grass and those to the beach quickly turn to mud in any rain. Ragwort (a typical weed of waste ground) is prolific, though hand pulling solves the problem.

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Ssandy 57 1 review from this member

We have friends who have family in Carradale and we have arranged to meet up in August over the last couple of years with them and other friends who have an Eriba motor caravan.

The drive to Carradale is not easy along a single track road. It does have ample passing places though and we are lucky enough to be high up in the cab of our 1999 Autotrail Cheyenne 634L and we can see most vehicles coming. Watch out for the local bus, the driver owns the road and everyone has to move over! Most drivers are considerate although there are some who have not got a clue.

The approach to the site is down a narrow winding unmade track full of potholes. Probably best not to arrive too early you would not want to meet another unit coming out as there is only one passing place.

On arrival we checked in with Colin the site manager and explained that we had prebooked our pitch by number could our Eriba pals be given one of the three vacant pitches next to us when they arrived. This it seems was not possible as thesw pitches had also been booked. Anyway after a couple of days and no show fom our expected pitch neighbours, colin relented and allowed our pals onto one of the vacant pitches!

It had been very wet for most of July and into August and the site was pretty well churned up. There are no tarred roads on the site and it was pretty rutted in places.

There are laundry and dishwashing facilities, the latter had a nest of House Martins and although it was lovely to see the parents trying to encourage the young to leave the nest, no one had bothered to clean the droppings from the floor for some considerable time and with all the rain it was slippy to say the least.

There are not now the sea views from your pitch that perhaps there once was, because of the ferns that form the perimeter between the site and the beach, however they do act as a natural windbreak. The approach to the beach is by various paths through the ferns approx. 100yards if that. The beach is is in a natural bay, very shallow and safe.

Carradale itself is a pleasant fishing village with a couple of hotels & pubs serving meals and is about 20min walk away. There are other forest walks around the area of varying difficulty and length. Again though we required wet weather gear in August.

There is no play area for children although why bother with one if you are right on the beach?

However if you play golf this is the place to be.

There is an honesty box for round charges.

The new clubhouse was officially opened the weekend we arrived and although it does not have a bar or kitchen it does have changing facilities. A vast improvement on the old wooden shack that had probably been there since golf was invented and considering the new clubhouse was paid for without a bank loan and entirely from the visitor fees via the honesty box, there have been a lot of honest visitors to Carradale.

The 9-hole course, according to the scorecard is short. Probably a full on drive and pitch to the green on the longest hole. Don't be fooled it is tough,very tough! There is no such a thing as an easy golf course.

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