Have you ever felt like you’ve camped at the edge of the earth? No? Then come to Port Bàn. This tiny community near Kilberry, on the beautifully unspoilt western coast of the Knapdale Peninsula may look like the last stop in Scotland, but of course that’s its attraction. The sheer beauty of this primitive landscape, coupled with its rich diversity of wildlife makes Port Bàn a fascinating, remarkable retreat for any intrepid camper.
Dealing with sensible, practical matters first, the site’s ablutionary facilities (hot showers, flushing toilets, disabled access and large sinks) are clean, orderly and more than adequate. Traditional campers should be aware that Port Bàn also caters for caravans and motorhomes, however, touring vans and the largest wagons are in a separate area. All pitches are flat and well maintained, but reserve early if you want a shorefront pitch next to your beach campfire – the best spots for enjoying truly idyllic views across the North Atlantic to Islay and Jura islands.
This corner of the world posses a real sense of the epic. Separated for centuries from the rest of Scotland by lochs and mountains that define the region, the Knapdale Peninsula remains secluded and sparsely populated. For lovers of history, there’s an exceptional range of historic sites including monuments, castles and historic houses where Scotland's turbulent past, clan heritage and rich history will delight. Take to the seas and explore the rocky coast of Argyll, or unwind on a more placid, serene cruise on one of Scotland’s most famous lochs.
Despite the undeniably peaceful atmosphere, approachable owners and seemingly never-ending list of onsite facilities (especially for the kids), the real highlight of Port Bàn has to be its jaw-dropping sunsets. There is little point trying to describe it; you really must experience this for yourself. Suffice to say nothing else soothes the troubled urban soul quite like a wonderful sunset viewed around your campfire on the beach. Port Bàn really is Scotland’s west at it's very best.
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