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Muasdale

UK Scotland Highlands Argyll & Bute

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Dogs welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Small, friendly and midge-free beachside site miles from anywhere remotely touristy. Great for cyclists and canoeists.

Fancy a challenge? How about heading down a seeming road to nowhere in search of Kintyre, a place that truly encapsulates the phrase ‘out on a limb’?

Getting anywhere near Kintyre can itself be a long and arduous undertaking, involving a route around the shores of both Loch Lomond and Loch Fyne. You can try crossing the two lochs aboard a ferry – it may not be any quicker, but it’s more relaxed and even feels a little exotic – or take the recently opened direct route, ferring all the way across the Firth of Clyde from Ardrossan with dramatic views of the Isle of Arran along the way.

But is Kintyre really worth all that travel time? Well, rest assured that the doubts that may have plagued you along the way (despite all the glorious scenery en route) are bound to evaporate on reaching this very special place. Perching on not-so-towering cliffs that measure just over a metre in height, Muasdale Holiday Park sits directly above the purest white sands. The calm waters that reside in this bay are so sheltered that, despite the campsite’s proximity to the water’s edge, there’s no danger of sharing your sleeping bag with the sea.

The beach itself is exceedingly beautiful and the water warm enough for extended bathing. But what really stole the hearts and minds of the Cool Camping team was the view over the water to the islands of Islay and Jura. It wouldn’t be out of the question to simply sit here with a good book for a whole week, occasionally glancing around to confirm you’ve won big in the lottery of life.

Taken over in 2016 by friendly owners Alan and Ailsa, the campsite is part of the tiny straggling village of Muasdale, which retains an air of everyday life about it that is yet to be troubled by tourism. The camping area takes up a slither of well-drained, midge-free ground between the main road and the sea, and with no more than eight pitches available, it’s rather small. The official Cool Camping inspection took place over the school holidays, but the place wasn’t full, nor did the road prove noisy at night, even though we slept right next to it.

Should you finish your book, hole your canoe, break your bucket and spade or lose your Speedos, it’s worth popping your derrière on to a bike saddle, as the mainly flat road on the western side of Kintyre is made for two-wheelers. The ferry to the small island of Gigha is a four-mile pedal, or you could present your thighs with a real challenge and cycle the amazingly scenic road on the eastern side of the peninsula. Surf dudes and chicks can find some serious waves at Machrihanish Bay, or you could take a ferry ride to the island of Islay to the west, where the distilleries produce some of the finest malts in the world. If you do take your bike over, stick to the east of the island and enjoy the impressive sights of nearby Jura as you pedal.

On the other hand, that might be one challenge too many, so maybe just sit back, relax and open another book.

Details

Facilities

Well-maintained toilets and hot showers. Fire pits available to use and fire-starting kits avaiable, BBQs also permitted but must be raised off the grass. Free WiFi. Recycling and charging facilities. Boat launching. Log cabin with hot tub also available.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs – yes. Motorhome or caravan set-ups over 7m long – no.

Nearby

The joy off this place is the utter seclusion. But that does leave you hard pressed for nearby attractions. Enjoy a good book, explore the sandy beach, try a spot of fishing or launch a boat. Those with canoes and bikes love the place. Stretching from Tarbert at the north end of the peninsula, to Dunaverty in the south, the way-marked Kintyre Way footpath is a popular walking route and connects communities across the peninsula.

Food & Drink

The Argyll Hotel (01583 421212) at Bellochantuy, 5 miles south, is famous for being sprayed with machine-gun bullets by an aircraft just after the outbreak of the Second World War – it turned out to be an RAF plane testing its weaponry. It should be safe now, though, and has a good selection of food.  The Putechan Hotel   (01583 421323), also in Bellochantuy, was recently refurbished to a high standard and is worth a visit. For more choice, head into Campbeltown (14 miles) where, among the eatieres, there are also new fewer than 3 different distilleries.

Opening Times

March–October.

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Pitches

8 pitches. 1 wooden pod with 2 single beds.

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Location

Contact Muasdale, Muasdale, Tarbert, Argyll PA29 6XD

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Getting There

Take the A82 from Glasgow, then the A83 through Inveraray, Lochgilphead and Tarbert. Muasdale is 22 miles south of Tarbert, alongside the A83. Alternatively, use the ferry from Ardrossan to Campbeltown then pick up the A83 and follow for 14 miles to Muasdale. The campsite is ¼-mile after you enter the village and tough to miss. A regular bus service from Glasgow passes the site, but it does take 4 hours! Traveline (08712 002233; travelinescotland.com) has details of times and stops.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 4 reviews

★★★★★

Wonderful site, went for one night stayed for four, we didn't want to leave. Owners lovely, nothing was too much trouble.

We woke up every morning in complete awe of our surroundings. Don't be put off by the main road, you honestly don't notice it.
Jul 17, 2019 by Liz Halliday
★★★★★

Camping Muasdale

We came to stay at Muasdale in May 2013. Its such a lovely lovely quiet spot with amazing sunsets! We were both so pleased with the set up and the facilities you have available.(Also you were some of the friendliest camp owners we came across during our months camping tour!) We got some fab photographs.

Oct 27, 2013 by Tatt&Bear
★★★★★

Pitch Perfect

Stayed here for 5 nights in August, words can’t describe this wonderful site. Perfection in every way - location, tranquility, service, cleanliness, size and I could go on and on. You must experience this campsite for yourself, a dream come true. Thank you.
Sep 9, 2012 by Jenny Lee
★★★★☆

Muasdale

Hi folks, just wanted to let you know that me and my wife thoroughly enjoyed our weekend stay at the park. We were very lucky with the weather (considering the deluge of rain you had prior to our visit!!) and we enjoyed just "chilling out" in the warm sunshine, sitting outside our caravan taking in the beautiful scenery looking out to Islay, Jura and Gigha. I can’t recall being on a site with the stunning views that Muasdale has to offer. We were lucky to see three sunsets as well. After we booked our touring pitch, we were counting down the days to our visit and I must say that everything about your park was "spot on" and just what we expected it would be. The toilet block was 1st class and I enjoyed a hot shower in a spacious cubicle. We enjoyed our walks along the white sandy beach and the best part about it was that it was only a few feet from our caravan!! With the weather being so nice during our stay, we didn’t get the chance to play pool and table tennis in the games room (there just wasn’t enough hours in the day!!) Finally, thanks to you both for your hospitality and friendly chats during our stay. We will be back next summer for a longer stay and hopefully we will see more stunning sunsets. Colin and Caroline H
Oct 3, 2010 by Muasdale

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