Glendaruel

Glendaruel, Argyll, Scotland PA22 3AB
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The magnificent collection of mature trees and wildlife about the place, family-friendly facilities and glorious location.

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. There are only 10 pitches for tents, most set in a generously sized grassy field away from the caravans and statics, and red squirrels and rabbits often outnumber campers. 

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.

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Located on the wonderful West Argyllshire coast of Scotland and in the heart of the beautiful and diverse Cowal Peninsula, our park really is the perfect rural escape!

Less than two hours from Glasgow and surrounded by rolling hills and fields of farmland, we have wonderful woodlands and rare wildlife where you can unwind in the most natural and peaceful of retreats.   The park welcomes tourers and tents or you can hire one of our caravan holiday homes or our cosy little camping lodge.   Set right in the heart of it all, you will have the perfect base to explore Argyll (www.exploreargyll.co.uk) and all that Argyll's Secret Coast (www.argyllsecretcoast.co.uk) has to offer from stunning scenery and rugged coastlines to beautiful beaches, glorious gardens and a host of historic attractions.   All this topped off with the most fabulous food and art trails plus an unbeatable outdoor playground for all.    We look forward to welcoming you! www.glendaruelcaravanpark.com or 01369 820 267.

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★★★★★

Glendaruel

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!!

2 of 2 readers found this review useful.

★★★★★

Brilliant!!

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.

1 of 1 readers found this review useful.

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.

1 of 1 readers found this review useful.

★★★★★

Glendaruel

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).

1 of 1 readers found this review useful.

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.
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Beautiful trees, and your own real life bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

Glendaruel: Beautiful trees, and your own real life bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

Beautiful trees, and your own real life Bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

Glendaruel: Beautiful trees, and your own real life Bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

Beautiful trees, and your own real life Bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

Glendaruel: Beautiful trees, and your own real life Bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

Beautiful trees, and your own real life Bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

Glendaruel: Beautiful trees, and your own real life Bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

Beautiful trees, and your own real life Bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

Glendaruel: Beautiful trees, and your own real life Bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

Beautiful trees, and your own real life Bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

Glendaruel: Beautiful trees, and your own real life Bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

Beautiful trees, and your own real life Bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

Glendaruel: Beautiful trees, and your own real life Bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

Beautiful trees, and your own real life Bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

Glendaruel: Beautiful trees, and your own real life Bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

Beautiful trees, and your own real life Bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

Glendaruel: Beautiful trees, and your own real life Bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

Beautiful trees, and your own real life Bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

Glendaruel: Beautiful trees, and your own real life Bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

Beautiful trees, and your own real life Bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

Glendaruel: Beautiful trees, and your own real life Bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

Beautiful trees, and your own real life Bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

Glendaruel: Beautiful trees, and your own real life Bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

Beautiful trees, and your own real life Bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

Glendaruel: Beautiful trees, and your own real life Bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

Beautiful trees, and your own real life Bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

Glendaruel: Beautiful trees, and your own real life Bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

Glendaruel:

 The best natural freedom for kids!

Glendaruel: The best natural freedom for kids!

wonderful woods of wild garlic to wander

Glendaruel: wonderful woods of wild garlic to wander

luxury and comfortable holiday caravans for hire for a great family holiday

Glendaruel: luxury and comfortable holiday caravans for hire for a great family holiday

lovely, well fitted caravan holiday homes for hire

Glendaruel: lovely, well fitted caravan holiday homes for hire

Located close to stunning Scottish seaside villages to explore

Glendaruel: Located close to stunning Scottish seaside villages to explore

close to all the joys of Agryll's secret coast - days at the beach

Glendaruel: close to all the joys of Agryll's secret coast - days at the beach

The wonderful woodland walk behind the park plus The Cowal Way on the doorstep

Glendaruel: The wonderful woodland walk behind the park plus The Cowal Way on the doorstep

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