Glendarual Caravan Park, Glendaruel, Argyll PA22 3AB
A recent arrival has been the Little Camping Lodge: a cosy wooden bolthole that can sleep up to four and is a great wet-weather option, with the owners planning to pop up another couple of lodges over the next few years. More conventional campers can use the campers’ kitchen-cum-dining-shelter.
A variety of paths snake their way into the thick web of surrounding forests, with a large grass field also on hand for wee ones to run around in, and a couple of swings and a bijou playground. Cowal itself is not well-known, even among most Scots, so its quiet roads tend to be ideal for cycling and hiking, while the surrounding waters dish up a rich bounty of seafood that can be enjoyed in the local restaurants and pubs.
The Owner Says
Trees, trees and yet more glorious life-affirming, oxygen-pumping trees are the main attraction at this remote, 22-acre escape on Argyll’s sleepy Cowal Peninsula. Glendaruel sits in a hollow at the foot of its eponymous glen, shrouded by woodland. The magnificent collection of mature trees and wildlife about the place makes Glendaruel family-friendly facilities and glorious location. Enjoy outdoor activities from walking, fishing and wildlife-watching in the Glen to fantastic cycle routes, sailing and water sports close by. Glendaruel is perfect for families with young children, offering outdoor freedom. It also suits those who wish to enjoy the peace or explore and experience the food, art and culture of “Argyll’s Secret Coast”.
lovely peaceful child friendly site
Visited Glendaruel at the end of April. Stayed one night because we didn't get going the day before. We plan to visit again, we enjoyed the campsite alot, also the local short walks from camp and hope to visit the surrounding area and lovely beaches the next time. The host Annie was very nice, kind, relaxed and friendly. She helped me source dog friendly walks and walks for my little boys too. The other campers were also friendly, some having their touring caravan there permanently. The facilities were very clean, hot water, warm shower cabin. The dish washing area was nice to use, being covered, spacious and shaded in trees. My son's, aged 9 and 6, enjoyed climbing trees, den making, the babbling brook and the park set aside for kids and ball games. There was also a bench near reception with WiFi. They had a fine time and played with the other children. They want to return too. The site is peaceful, with hills, plenty of trees, little birds and the neighbouring sheep in fields. There are some walks around that dogs can avoid the sheep areas. Reception has a small shop for frozen meat, milk, odds and ends, sweets and crisps, water. Local eggs are available at neighbours with honesty box. There is plenty of recycle bins and water taps. Nothing was too far to walk to and plenty of little paths. We had ehu on a hard standing. A nice place to relax. Although there were a lot of static homes for rent they were not very close to the tent/camp area and therefore didn't overpower the camp and even seemed like a little village area on the other side of the site in the trees. Very nice.
Lovely campsite, lovely owner.
My husband and I turned up to Glendaruel Campsite at 9pm (after a 10 hour drive from Bath) it was pouring with rain and we were exhausted. Annie offered us one of her adorable little cabins for the night so we slept beautifully. The next morning we had a good chat with Annie and she let us pitch our tent next to a tree so that we could set up our make shift camp. Annie was so welcoming and very knowledgeable about the area, giving us recommendations to the beautiful Otter Ferry and the lovely botanical gardens near Dunoon. The campsite its self was nice and quiet and the facilities were very good, clean and accessible. We were surrounded by tress and the most incredible bird life to keep us entertained for ages! One night we woke up and were greeted with THE most amazing night sky and saw 5 shooting stars in as many minuets. So, if you're lucky enough to get a clear night, don't forget to look up.
Just back from an absolutely Cracker Jack weekend in Glendaruel. We took one 60, one 30, one 7, one 3 and a 1year old and everyone of us had an amazing time.
The campsite itself is basic which is great for cool campers, although it does have small perks with a wee shop, launderette, recycling station, dish washing/cooking area, doesn't sound very basic now I mention it.
The kids had an amazing time it was a total adventure the grounds are fantastic and have such natural beauty, loads of space to run about daft (we did have the camping ground to ourselves)
Please please please take a wee walk up the hill to the waterfall totally enchanting and not too strenuous as it's ten minutes if your lucky from the site.
Great wee walks around the site itself which is surrounded by wildlife, gorgeous bird song to be woken up to for those of you who enjoy that sort of thing.
Have to mention the loveable wee granny who's name I forget (sorry) who runs or owns the place who could not be more accommodating or welcoming. She went out of her way to let us know about various thing to do and see locally which we are eternally grateful.
Please go and see the dunans castle which is about 8 miles north of the campsite, truly a joy. In the grounds stands the tallest tree in Britain a 90m+ Douglas fir unbelievably majestic. A great vantage point can be gained by walking around the grounds, which in itself is a lovely walk with amazing Alice in wonderland moments, you'll know what I mean when you seethe rhubarb !
Head south for some cracking wee villages with Palm tree beaches or to the west coast for a particularly pleasant otters ferry.
Also would just like to say that we encountered no cold stone floor in the showers, but the showers are a treat and free.
Glendaruel for my 40th Birthday
There are only two things that weren't perfect about this site. The first was the toilet block. This was absolutely freezing, damp and a bit miserable. The shower was fantastic, although the floor was stone cold. Nothing that could be done about that I suppose but the whole block could do with a bit of a tidy up to make it more cheerful.
We also found the large number of touring caravans that were taking up pitches on the site, without anybody staying in them, a bit of a let down. The site looked full but was actually very quiet. We were happy with the quiet but it was a little disconcerting to be surrounded by empty caravans.
Other than that Glendaruel was fabulous. The setting is spectacular with lots of scenic walks, the staff were very friendly, the shop was well stocked. We've been a little harsh with the score perhaps but I have to take into account the fact that I was eaten alive by the infamous midge.
We were very surprised to see our tent on the first photo :-) We had a very friendly welcome and could choose between the place on the picture, which is near the facilities and a large tent field (see blue tent on the second photo) a bit further away. We chose the pitch near the facilities, normally this is for tents who need electricity, but it was after high season. After we arrived, the picnic table was delivered by one of the static caravan owners and later on we found out that he and his wife were very friendly and helped on the campsite. When our daughter was ill, they called the doctor for us. Unfortunately one of the fields is occupied with static caravans for rent, but the rest was great. For the kids there was enough to do, exploring in the woods, playing at the playground, playing at the playground a bit further on the main road. The facilities are good for Cool Campers (but maybe not for luxury campers).
One of the best! After a somewhat arduous and traumatic journey, with 3 arguing children and a rather irritable dog, we arrived at Glendaruel. From the main road the site sits comfortably at the foot of a range of magnificent hills and scenery, about 1/3 of a mile from the road over a lovely winding river. It was great to see that tents and caravans were not rammed into one small space/field and that pitches were evenly dotted around. Some in open grass spaces others under spectacular parkland trees! It was clear to see as you enter the site that there had been a country house here at some point, as the walls and some of the buildings and turrets were still to be seen. This somehow added to feel of the site, especially for the children as it became Swallow and Amazons heaven, unlike some sites that are too commercial and lack any sense or form of adventure! The owner, I don’t want to go on for ever but she couldn’t be more helpful, understanding, informative and quite frankly was a pleasure to know!!! Our car broke down 2 days into our stay, this meant we were unable to continue our journey further into Scotland, the owner was fantastic she did not only hold the pitch we were on but offered help whenever need! The facilities maybe not quite as flash as some other sites, but they were well kept, clean and sited in the remains of the old house which made them somewhat unique. Which is what I expect when staying at a Coooool Site!! To sum up... The kids loved the freedom to roam and have adventure while feeling completely safe! We loved the tranquility and peacefulness of Glendaruel!! We will definately come back to this site again!!