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Reviews of Ardgartan Camping And Caravanning Club Site

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CLOSED: Ardgartan Camping And Caravanning Club Site
Coilessan Road
Dunbartonshire   (Browse area)

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Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 10 Reviews
                8/10 from 10 Reviews

 No Tents   No Caravans   No Motorhomes   No Campervans 
 No Glamping Units   No Statics for Hire   No Statics for Sale   No Seasonal Pitches 
 No Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 No Toilets   No Showers   No Washing Up Area   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   No Laundry   No Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 No Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   No Wifi Access 
 No Shop   No Bar   No Restaurant  
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 No Fishing   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 No Beach   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport   No Dog Walk 


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Date of Visit: November 2010 Unit:  Other
Reviewer: Webmaster

 Please note this site has closed down completely and will no longer operate from the end of the 2010 season. The Forest Holidays campsite also in Ardgartan remains open, please see their separate entry for details. 

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Ianrc 1 review from this member

 Having spent one night of 'wild camping' on the side of Loch Lomond, we opted for a more comfortable (grass) option at Ardgartan near Arrochar. (Tip for anyone considering wilding on Loch Lomondside - the 'sand' appears to be mainly composed of granite base and is very very hard on your back! - find grass!)

Don't get the two camps called Ardgartan confused.

As you head out of Arrochar along Loch Long, it is the second site that you will want.

The welcome on site was warm, friendly and accommodated our unannounced arrival very quickly.

Payment can be made by plastic, which is useful when you want to preserve cash for small purchases in some of the local spots that will only do cash!

We were guided to the first pitch for the tent, which was a little too much of a slope for the action of gravity on a satinesque smooth sleeping bag on an equally smooth groundsheet!

No trouble though, we were taken over the site to a more level pitch and set up was quickly completed.

The facilities block comprised separate laundry/dish wash room.

Separate Ladies/Gents toilets and (single)shower per gender. In two days on site we never found it busy or had to queue at any point - although the high proportion of caravans & motorhomes with their own facilities would mean they weren't under pressure.

The laundry is a little expensive at £3.50 per wash and £1.00 for 20 minutes. The dryer wasn't very effective - it took twenty mins just to get three pieces of underwear 'nearly' dry! No matter the facilities are clean, well maintained (daily).

The camp site itself is big enough to cope but 'feels' small enough to be welcoming and personal in it's service.

The well maintained grounds are surrounded by fantastic views up and down Loch Long with of course the high peaks towering over the whole scene. Access is easy to the pebble/rock shore line where the views are magnificent all round and especially on a dark clear night the sky can be spectacular.

Highly recommend it to anyone looking for a beauty spot where a decent walk takes you into town (Arrochar) and a decent drive takes you into the heart of the hills. 

Date of Visit: June 2010 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: Taxi irene 5 reviews from this member

 Very nice site once you get down the potholed road lovely views of Loch Long, only stayed for 2 nights as the midges in there millions got to much for us.

Toilet & showers could really do with updating and more of them but very clean and plenty of hot water. Small shop on site selling most things, very sloping in places so do need blocks would go again but maybe a different time of year 

Date of Visit: May 2010 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Freck 2 reviews from this member

 Excellent location on the banks of Loch Long, but we visited at a bank holiday weekend and the site was very busy and had too many large loud groups, some of whom were up all night.

Couple that run the site very nice & helpful but site crowded with very basic facilities. Toilet block was very old, but clean and located at one end of the site. If you were camping at the other end of the site you would have a very long walk to the toilet or dishwash.

Most of site is sloping so you need to be prepared to sleep on a slope if you are in a tent or use a lot of blocks if in a caravan. I would only go back mid week when it might be quieter. Lots to do if you like cycling, walking or fishing all from the site. 

Date of Visit: June 2009 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Oldgazza 25 reviews from this member

 Stayed 2 nights. Fantastic site in great location on shore of Loch Long, Extremely friendly and helpful site managers. Toilets and showers dated but impeccably cleaned and good enough for me. Most pitches sloping. As expected lots of midges. Fishing on site, can hire kit from office. Had a great stay here and would recommend. Not much in way of local eating or drinking unless prepared to drive for it. 


Date of Visit: June 2009 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Zorro01 5 reviews from this member

 Very picturesque site, and very picturesque area.

As others have said, a quiet site with basic, but very clean, facilities. Staff very friendly. But the midges! The second worst I have ever experienced, and impervious to the breeze and rain and smoke. 

Date of Visit: May 2009 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Jonchris 11 reviews from this member

 Oh what a lovely site - the views from here are the best we have seen however the rain made it a waterlogged splash park where wellies are a must. The road into the site is not good with lots of potholes but the view at the end is worth the trip. The managers here were very helpful and couldn’t do enough. Yes the toilets are a bit dated and the midges are around but who cares with a view like this. 

Date of Visit: September 2007 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Kipperkid 26 reviews from this member

 Small loch-side site with fantastic views and some nice walks.

Mix of hardstanding and grass pitches. Be aware that the site slopes in more than one direction so caravans and motorhomes will need ramps/chocks (wooden blocks available to assist with this) and tents will need to pitch carefully.

Facilities are basic and limited in number, but clean and functional. Didn't have a problem with this. No disabled facilities, parent/child room or play area.

Nothing in the way of shops/pubs in walking distance.

Midges were certainly in evidence, but not quite as much here as some places we visited.

Would I go back? Certainly, I loved the view,but would hope for slightly better weather - Ardgartan, along with nearly everywhere else this year, was pretty soggy! 

Date of Visit: May 2007 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Rambleman 1 review from this member

 This is a lovely site, very quiet and peaceful, it's a members only site but you can join at the office.
Access is to the site is next to the visitor centre about half mile past the forestry commission site.
Everyone was friendly, the warden and his wife are very helpful, nothing is a bother to them. Ground where the tents are located is on a bit of a slope as are a few of the caravan pitches but we were provided with wooden blocks for the front stabilisers. The road into the site has a few pot holes but if you take your time it's not too bad.
Toilets are basic but very clean there is also a laundrette facility, we use this site whenever we get a chance. There is an area where you can launch a small inflatable or sea kayak it's a great paddle along to Loch Goil. With the seal following you for a bit.
Views are what you would expect, great trails for mountain biking although perhaps a bit steep for some, a perfect location for walking the Arrochar Alps. 

Date of Visit: August 2005 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: MalcolmR 35 reviews from this member

 This site was very quiet, in a lovely setting, on the banks of Loch Long. The pitches were all well spaced out, easy to peg out, with a very gentle slope.  Clean shower and washing up block, but in need of an up grade, plenty of electric hook up points about the site. Drainage on the site was good considering the amount of rain we had over the week we were there.
The site was well sheltered from the wind, and when the sun shone it was a nice suntrap. Plenty of good fishing was to be had in the sea loch next to the site, many really nice walks in the area. Tried cycling in the area but found most routes were not that easy too steep for my ability.
From early evening onwards the Scottish midges came out and were set for the night to feast on any available part of exposed skin. We took several different things to help combat midges (the green mosquito coils were very good and jungle formula helped) once I started the antihistamine hayfever tablets that help stop the itching.
We will certainly return to this site, it was relaxing, quiet, plenty to see and do and very friendly with exception to the midges.MalcolmR 

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