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Port Ban Holiday Park
Argyll   (Browse area)
PA29 6YD
Tel: 01880 770224
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Pitches: 42
Open: 01/04/2024 to 31/10/2024

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 43 Reviews
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Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   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 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point   Wifi Access 
 Shop On Site   Bar <5 miles   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway On Site 
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 No Fishing   Wild Swimming On Site   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   Cycle Hire On Site   Golf On Site   Tennis On Site 
 Beach On Site   Watersports On Site   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 Coastside Pitches   Public Transport <5 miles  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

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Date of Visit: September 2021 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Solo traveller
Reviewer: Swimwinter 3 reviews from this member

 Perfect, peaceful and remote. One of the most beautiful campsites I have stayed in.

Almost wild beach camping with the comfort of EHU, WiFi and warm power showers should you chose.

The perfect escape to switch off, swim in clear blue seas and watch the sunset over Jura from a log fire on the beach.

Look forward to coming back next year! 
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Date of Visit: August 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 7 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Stew200 1 review from this member

 We arrived on Saturday afternoon in glorious sunshine as you can only get on the West Coast of Scotland our welcome was as warm as the temperature.

The views of Jura and Islay are stunning, to get to the camping site is a further short drive through the static park. Having a touring caravan the standard pitch is sizable for awning and car, cost £27 per night, plenty of good walks for the dogs.

Activities for kids and adults are good a putting green, bowls green and kayaks for the more adventurous.

The only downside, no matter if you approach the site from Lochgilphead or Tarbet you have a 15 mile drive on a single track road with passing places, which if your like us and you like to visit attractions that are a bit further afield you have to travel this road going and coming back which is something to bear in mind. 
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Date of Visit: April 2019 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 5 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: Wiggletastic 11 reviews from this member

 The campsite is in the most amazing location with fantastic views over the beach to Islay and Jura. The sunset over Jura was spectacular.

We had a lovely pitch with EHU in the grass camping area, away from the statics. The toilets and showers are very modern and well kept - they could do with some heating though!

The washing up area is excellent, with detergent provided. There is also a fridge, small clothes drying area, microwave, kettle and toaster.

The large play area is great for kids and they can ride freely around the site on bikes as there is a 10mph speed limit. We had lunch in the on-site cafe one day, soup and sandwich deal was very good and nice coffee too. The camp shop is well stocked and has all the essentials.

We mostly stayed on or near the site as there are great walks nearby to beautiful beaches. We did venture to the Isle of Gigha for a day trip which was well worthwhile. A lot of our time was spent jsut relaxing and soaking up the views. We had a bonfire on the beach most nights and toasted marshmallows.

We will definitely be back to Port Ban again. 

Date of Visit: May 2018 Unit:  Static
Reviewer: Macmacmac 1 review from this member

 Hired a static caravan here for 2 nights. Although very expensive at £177 both my son (36) and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay. There was an 18th birthday party in the games room on the first night (Saturday) with loud disco music but ended around 10. 15. Very peaceful 2 nights with absolutely stunning views over to the the sound of Jura and Islay. Don't bother with the shop or cafe its over priced and if you drive into tarbert you will find much much better food.

But all in all I would really recommend this site for touring vans the beach and views are stunning and I will be back soon. 

Date of Visit: May 2018 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Larry10 15 reviews from this member

 We stayed for 2 nights at £25 per night including EHU. - it was the Bank holiday Monday, reception had forgotten when we booked otherwise we would have been charged £27 per night!

It's a long drive through masses of static mobile homes to the camping area. Here is it fairly flat and you all get a view of Jura across the water. Showers & Loos great and clean, however we were told to just allow our 'grey' water to run into the grass and the CDP was a long drive back through the campsite following the signs. (They have said they plan to put a CDP nearer the camping ground in the future. )

Shop & cafe seemed expensive but it's a great place just to relax. We were very disappointed with shops in Tarbert local Co-Op had chiller problem and small local shops poor quality fruit & veg.

I used the laundry but again it's a long walk from camping ground. 


Date of Visit: September 2017 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Trevor + Jo 132 reviews from this member

 We had driven for 525 miles to get here and the welcome we received was far from warm. The greeting was very matter of fact and indifferent to whether we stayed or not.

However, we requested a pitch without electric and were directed to a secluded grassy area right on the beach front, away from all other campers. For this we paid £21 for 2 adults and a tent. The view across to Jura was breath taking and the shower facilities were excellent, possibly some of the best showers around. The drinking water runs brown! Site wide wifi and a shop/café/games room at the entrance with several invites to regular worship opportunities! We declined and didn't use the café or shop.

Nearest shop was the Co-Op in Loch Gilphead, about 30 mins drive. There was a Michelin star restaurant just down the lane but you will need to book and you will be charged accordingly.

Otters swim up the coast in front of the tent and we sat all day just looking out to sea, watching the wildlife. Fantastic.

As a final note of warning, as soon as a Westerly picks up, there is little shelter at the front. So, despite the initial reception, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay 

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

 Wonderful views and location. We stayed for two nights in May. The views of Jura and the sunsets were fantastic from our pitch on the waters edge. We did not use the shop or the café on site. We did eat at the Kilberry in on both nights. It is very good but quite small so you need to book.

The ladies shower facilities and washing up area on the main site need some tlc.

I would definitely go back but would opt for the camping field where the shower block was more fit for purpose.

We spotted lots of seals, dolphins and deer 

Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Piggle28 23 reviews from this member

 Stayed her for 1 night in a motorhome. The site was chosen purely to allow us to eat in a local restaurant and I'm so glad I chose it! We had a fabulous pitch almost on the beach helped by the fact it was 22 degrees with pure blue skies and sunshine.

The facilities were fabulous with amazing showers and always clean. Site is huge but well spaced out and run by Christians with no sale of alcohol on site but you can bring your own.

There are no shops within about 12 miles so bring everything you need although in season there is a cafe that sells breakfast, lunch and dinner and a site shop although we didn't use either. And the reason for the visit was to eat at The Kilberry Inn which although a little expensive was well worth it but do book in advance as I had as fully booked on the night of our visit. 

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Murdochd 2 reviews from this member

 Other than the site shop and cafe there are no shops etc within 15 miles so be prepared and have everything you need or make sure you know the opening and closing times of the shop and cafe when you check in. The kilberry inn looked very expensive so we didn't go.

I walked up to the cafe for a coffee and breakfast at 8:30 but it didn't open till 9:00, I didn't wait, we packed up and headed to Tarbert for a hearty breakfast but I would have preferred to spend my money on site and support the business. Also important to know you can only get a takeaway from 6pm, we didn't know this, we didn't bring plates etc but it was fine eating very good food from plastic containers.

The site, location, views, facilities are very good and well worth a visit. Three fridges and a microwave for campers to use in the wash up room, I didn't know this before I arrived.

This was my first attempt at camping and I chose the site for its previous reviews, facilities and location, I wasn't disappointed and the weather was a great bonus as we were right on the seafront on a perfect pitch.

I think the site has many regulars and I'm likely to become one. 

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Lappins 1 review from this member

 The site is in a beautiful beach location, looking over onto the Paps of Jura, a 2. 5hr drive from Glasgow (the drive alone is worth it). The last 30mins are on single-track roads.

The pitches are all a decent size, and all come with electric hook-up. The toilet/kitchen facilities are excellent (there is even a fridge for campers to use).

Music (radios, speakers etc. ) is banned on site, so there are no rowdy young campers. You are also permitted to build camp fires on the beach.

There are plenty of play areas and facilities to keep children entertained.

The owners are outwardly 'Christian', and organise a Sunday Service for those interested. They do not sell any alcohol on site, so make sure you bring it with you. The nearest shop is in Tarbert. 

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