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Isle Of Iona Campsite ( Cnoc Oran )
Cnoc Oran
Isle Of Iona
Isle of Mull   (Browse area)
PA76 6SP
Tel: 01681 700112
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Pitches: 30
Open: 01/04/2024 to 31/10/2024

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 7 Reviews
                9/10 from 7 Reviews

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 Glamping Units   Holiday Homes for Hire   No Statics for Sale   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   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   No Laundry   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 No Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   Wifi Access 
 Shop On Site   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <1 mile 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing <1 mile   Wild Swimming <1 mile   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   Golf <1 mile   No Tennis 
 Beach <1 mile   No Watersports   Boat Launch / Mooring <1 mile 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Not Working Farm   Campfires Allowed 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  No Dog Walk 


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Date of Visit: April 2022 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Solo traveller
Reviewer: Neeto 9 reviews from this member

 OIne of the nicest campsites you'll ever stay in.

I was going to stay one night on my cycle around Mull and stayed three, wanted to stay forever. You'll feel the same.

Tranquil, idyllic, with amazing kitchen and washing facilities.

It don't get no better than this 

Date of Visit: July 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Solo traveller
Reviewer: Gilber 2 reviews from this member

 Delightful site with glimpses of sea/sound in both directions.

Bit boggy though there are drains to help; big lumpy rocks give shelter from wind and provide vantage points (and unusual pitching options) as well as an unusual and exciting place for children to play.

New shower/ toilet/ kitchen block.

Weather was glorious and it was quite busy -

All toilet cubicles contain a shower so there were some queues in the morning. 
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Date of Visit: September 2020 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Trevor + Jo 132 reviews from this member

 Plan ahead and take your camping trolley, leave your car in the free car park at Fionnphort and head for the ferry to Iona. (it's only a 10 minute crossing and a tourist car free zone) On arrival, head up the slipway and turn immediately left. The road follows the coast and then after a few hundred yards turns sharp right and up the hill. Follow this road to the top of the hill, another couple of hundred yards, and Cnoc Oran in on your right where Zoe will be pleased to meet you. 8pppn.

The site is reasonably level and there are some low rocky outcrops which provide some shelter. There are 2 shower/toilet/wash rooms and an additional loo. All perfectly adequate and clean although no shower curtains provided? There is also a basic kitchen room if needed although we didn't use this facility and a washing up area.

The site is in the centre of the island and I spent a day exploring the South, the spouting cave and old quarry and another day looking at the idyllic beaches in the North. Previously I'd only been here for day trips, but you only really get a true feeling for Iona by staying longer and not rushing. There is a small shop by the ferry for essentials and a couple of hotels with bars and wifi, so bring as much as you can carry.

The campsite itself I would rate as good, and with a bit of investment it could be stunning, although this would no doubt bump the price up. Iona is a beautiful place to explore and staying a couple of nights is the only way! 

Date of Visit: July 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: Jonnyp 1 review from this member

 Amazing location, super friendly and helpful hosts

Lovely warm showers.

We arrived just as Scotland came out of lockdown so site was lovely and quiet.

Would definitely return. 😃 
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Date of Visit: September 2018 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Solo traveller
Reviewer: Wildcampwoman 1 review from this member

 This is my kind of perfect campsite - no frills but stunning location and good basic shower / toilet facilities. There are too few of these sites around these days.

It is fairly basic but that's what I love most about it, appropriate for the island, which is otherwise very expensive to stay on.

The site is quite boggy in places and with 'island weather' you have to pick your spot carefully. But stunning views both sides of island if you have small tent and get the right spot on the knoll.

It's a bit of an effort to get there, walk from Fionnphort car park via the ferry carrying all your kit, at least half an hour in all. Plenty of wildlife and sheep poo everywhere!

It's never been busy all the years I've stayed, another appeal of it for me. Please owners don't glamp it up! 


Date of Visit: June 2011 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Quartz 9 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
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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