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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: 01/03/2021 to 31/10/2021

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 61 Reviews
                9/10 from 61 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point   Wifi Access 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <1 mile 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing On Site   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <1 mile   Cycle Hire <1 mile   Golf <1 mile   No Tennis 
 Beach On Site   Watersports On Site   Boat Launch / Mooring On Site 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Not Open All Year 
 Coastside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  No Dog Walk 

Reviews:  61 in total, now showing 1 to 10                 Previous 10          Next 10
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Date of Visit: August 2020 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 7 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Anneca 2 reviews from this member

 The approach to the site is via a very rough potholed track and through trees. The site itself seems to be divided up into sections ( by mostly gorse bushes).

We were as far away from the sea as we could possibly be, although we had booked well in advance - so that was very disappointing.

Toilet facilities looked very well kept ( although we used our own). The bins weren't adequate for the number of tents, caravans, etc on the site and I think it would be a god idea to invest in more.

We were most impressed by the little shop near the village hall which sold most food essentials and local produce too. A car came round selling newspapers every morning which was really appreciated as otherwise it would be a 30 mile round trip to Campbeltown.

We enjoyed our trip but wouldn't return in a hurry. 

Date of Visit: May 2019 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 5 Travelling as:  Solo traveller
Reviewer: Gracesett 17 reviews from this member

 Spent a lovely few days here just chilling in the peace.

The only noise being the birds and sea. Well run by a friendly owner and wonderful colour from all the rhododendrons.

Showers etc great and of very good standard - such a pleasure not having to press a button every few seconds and the water was hot.

I have no idea if the area is midge attacked later in the season but with the sea breeze it should not be a problem?

If you have already been around the West coast and don't want a trip back to Campletown for stores, stock up although I did see a small open food supply at the Carradale hall parking area.

Excellent value. 

Date of Visit: September 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Valvelifter 10 reviews from this member

 We have just returned home from eleven days in Scotland. We had a lovely time, in fact, a very good holiday. We broke the outward and home journeys with two nights each way in Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond. Luss is a good location for exploring the area around Loch Lomond but does not have much else to attract visitors.

We travelled on to the Kintyre peninsular which is more like an island as it's connected to the mainland by a strip of land only about 0. 75 miles wide. We stayed on a caravan site in a place called Carradale Bay which was recommended to me by a chap who had stayed there several times and also on the strength of some great reviews.

The caravan site was fine. Very well maintained and situated on a beautiful, sheltered, sandy bay on the Kilbrannan Sound. The grass pitches were well spaced, level with excellent drainage. We had some torrential rain but the ground was never muddy. The toilets and showers were kept very clean and were well maintained. There was internet available for the nominal fee of a pound and it was excellent quality. There were not many occupants on the site so I can't vouch for the quality when the site is busy.

The site manager/owner was friendly and helpful and responded quickly when the elsan unit required fixing on one occasion.

The peninsular is quite pretty but not spectacularly so. The famed Mull of Kintyre has some beautiful views across the sound and the coast around the south end is pretty but not worth more than a casual drive through. Many of the walks marked on maps were blocked by rubbish and we witnessed a local builder dumping rubble on one the beaches near the Carradale harbour. The only remaining shops now are in Campbelltown. So if you stay in Carradale bay, you have to make a 28 mile round trip to Campbelltown for basic necessities. Campbelltown also has the only petrol station. We had a day trip to Campbelltown and found several cafes but all of the closed on a bank holiday Monday & most looked like they will not reopen. We eventually bougth an excellent afternoon coffee and cakes in the Royal hotel. But aside from three distilleries, there is little to attract the tourist. The whole peninsular gives the appearance of terminal decline. The local council seem blase about tourist development. A large electrical utilities company has a base on the Beatles 'long & windng road', the B842 single track road with passing places that runs up the East side of the Kintyre peninsular. The company offered to widen this road free of charge and make it a dual track road. The council refused because they said they could not afford the possible increased maintenance costs. They were apparently completely blind the the benefits of increased tourism. We booked a week's stay at Carradale bay park. It was a nice holiday but not very special and we will not return. I can foresee that in 20 or 30 years time, tourism in this part of Scotland will be all but dead. There are many beautiful and tourist attractive places to visit in Scotland. The Kintyre peninsular is not one of them. Personally, the English lake district is far more attractive and arguably more beautiful. 

Date of Visit: August 2018 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Harv41 5 reviews from this member

 Excellent campsite, provided with nice sheltered spot. Would recommend.

Toilet block very clean and modern inside but exterior could do with decorating.

Issued with key for toilet block which is kept locked to prevent non campers from using it however this became annoying as you always had to remember the key and impossible to gain access if one family member is already inside.

Wifi available for a one off payment of £1 per device but signal from it very variable.

Be very careful driving down driveway to site as very potholed. Could do with improvement.

No shop available. 

Date of Visit: May 2018 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Freddiebooks 2 reviews from this member

 I booked onto this site for 4 days and ended up spending 12 days there.

It has wonderful scenery, the beach is a 60 second walk away at most and the facilities are very good.

Colin is very helpful and assisted me on two occasions with problems that were nothing to do with the site. Also he provides a very helpful map on arrival that shows routes for walks in the area and to East Carradale where the shop provides basics including milk from Gigha in old fashioned glass bottles that you return to the shop and also homemade chocolate treats and cakes etc. I used the shop throughout my visit for everything apart from some chicken I had to get from Campbeltown on a bus trip there.

Personally if arriving from the south I'd be tempted to use the ferry from Ardrossan and then from Lochranza to get there. Via road it's 100 miles more but in a motorhome or towing I found it a 2 hour or so drag with Wynding roads.

But yes, if you get the weather which I did for 9 of the days it's a great place to be. 


Date of Visit: September 2017 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Trevor + Jo 107 reviews from this member

 Access is via a long, bumpy track, but don't be put off. You will receive a warm, enthusiastic and informative welcome. The pitches are varied, some secluded and some with sea views. The wash blocks look nothing from the outside, but inside they are faultless.

There is a beach and fantastic views across to the Isle of Arran. The local area is beautiful. The restaurant/pub nearby, The Glen (5 mins drive) is also very friendly for a drink but also does fantastic, good quality food.

£21 per night for 2 adults and a tent. A friendly chatty owner. Site wide wifi.

A good base for visiting the Southern half of Kintyre. If you like local food, the Fishmongers in Campbletown does a lovely salmon/chilli scotch egg! 

Date of Visit: September 2017 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: Traceygill 5 reviews from this member

 Reached the site later on in the day (brace yourself for a bumpy road into the site). Once there a helpful gentleman showed us where to set up & went into all the in's & out's of the site. We had a lovely view of the sea from our pitch. The wild life on the site is fantastic, a robin watched on at Breakfast & a couple of rabbits walked me back to our pitch after doing the dishes. There is only one word I can use to describe the toilet block, SPOTLESS, but could maybe look at the lighting in the dish washing area had to do the dishes at night in the dark. Would definitely recommend taking the time to visit. 

Date of Visit: August 2017 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Fluffyjac 1 review from this member

 We have been visiting this site for over 20 years, and having camped on many different sites over the years we keep returning to this one.

We love the friendliness of the site manager Colin who is happy to do all he can to make your stay pleasant and enjoyable, and if he canít sort your problem then he is able to recommend someone local who can. The shower block is spotless and kept clean and tidy and hot water is free which in my experience is a big plus, there are dish washing facilities which are more than adequate. There are also laundry facilities with washing machines and driers, and freezers which can be used to store any frozen foods or ice blocks which for us campers is godsend.

The site is set in a lovely area with a beach right on your doorstep which is great if you have a dog which we have.

We have met lovely people both on site and in the local community.

There are two roads to the site, one where it is a single track and you do need to take your time driving along it but the reward is the stunning scenery which is beautiful no matter what the weather with great views of Isle of Arran on route, or the more main road which also has lovely scenery.

All in all we think this a great place to camp and wonít be changing any time soon and would highly recommend it. 

Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Fred Stubber 8 reviews from this member

 The site is run properly by the owner to the highest standards. The pitches are widely spaced and the layout is excellent. The setting is excellent. The wifi works very well and is only a quid per visit. The info sheet has a large scale Ordnance Survey map of the area on the back, which is incredibly useful. Why don't all sites do that? The toilet block is astonishingly large and the facilities are immaculate. What can a say that's bad? All I can think of is that the access road has potholes. If you can live with that, visit this site.

Oh yeah, you have to use some special bog fluid, not the blue stuff, I don't know why, but they sell it for £11 which is OK. 

Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Jsun 19 reviews from this member

 Wonderful setting with direct access to the beach. Very well maintained site with excellent WC and shower block. Stunning views across to Arran. There is a small village and harbour within walking distance. We had drinks and a meal at the Glen Bar - very pleasant. 

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