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- Secluded haven on Scotland's west coast
- Stunning views across the sea to Islay and Jura
- Perfect location for watersports
Oh what a beach is this… And what spectacular views, and outdoor activities, and long lazy days a-wandering among the coast, space and wildlife of this part of western Scotland – and you'll find the sunsets here are pretty special too.
All this – and at least a few days' stay – can be had at Port Ban Holiday Park, set right on the mid-Argyll coastline near Kilberry with views over to the islands of Islay and Jura. It's a secluded setting here (natch), in beaut surroundings and in a wildlife haven: if you want to escape cities, traffic jams, noise and other life-based nasties, get along here forthwith. (One can also have campfires on the beach, so do get along here forthwith.)
The site and its surrounds have loads of space for kids to run about safely, or you could all try a spot of rockpooling, or swimming, or going out in your own boat if you bring it, or ambling shoreside, or hiking, or canoeing, or fishing… all via quite a bit of tasty local Scottish food on the island and at seafood village Oban. The fishing village of Tarbert is within easy reach.
Port Ban is a medium-sized site in a remote location, but has a good range of things to do for all ages, such as a big play area with fort, swings, slides, a fireman’s pole and a small climbing wall; a coffee bar with freshly ground coffee, home baking, light meals, snacks and fish and chips to eat in or take away; a quiet daytime lounge with a small library and a soft drinks bar, operating during evening entertainment, and a games hall with a pool and table tennis table, set near the café.
Essentials are sorted too at the modern toilet block on the camping field with free hot showers, drying room and washroom all completely refurbished in 2013, and at the shop selling groceries, toys, fishing tackle, souvenirs, jewellery, stationery and stamps. Mountain bikes with helmets are available to hire for a small additional charge.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Fully serviced pitches
Water hook-up points for tourers
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Cycle hire nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Medium (26-50 pitches)
- Coach stations
Clachan (N Kintyre): Ronachan House Coach Stop
— 6.9 miles
6.9 miles Clachan (N Kintyre): Village Coach Stop — 7.0 miles
7.0 miles Kennacraig: Ferry Terminal Coach Stop — 7.2 miles
- Train stations
Wemyss Bay Rail Station
— 30.3 miles
- Ferry ports
Kennacraig Ferry Terminal
— 7.2 miles
7.2 miles Kennacraig Ferry Terminal — 7.2 miles
7.2 miles Tarbert (Loch Fyne) Ferry Terminal — 10.4 miles
Islay Glenegedal Airport
— 25.0 miles
25.0 miles Campbeltown Machrihanish Airport — 27.2 miles
27.2 miles Colonsay Airport — 27.3 miles
From Glasgow Airport, join the M8 and head west. Come off the M8 at the signs for Erskine Bridge and go over the bridge. Stay in the left lane (indicating A82 Crianlarich), and head west onto the A82 signposted Campbeltown.
After you pass Cameron House, head up the side of Loch Lomond. At Tarbet, the road becomes the A83 as you pass the Tarbet Hotel on your right. Continue on, through Arrochar, Inveraray onto Lochgilphead, where you turn left signposted Campbeltown.
Pass through Ardrishaig, then take the right turn signposted Kilberry. This takes you onto the single track B8024 road. Travel a further 15 miles and Port Bàn Holiday Park is signposted on your right. The journey should take you between 2.5 - 3 hours from Glasgow city centre. Have a safe journey.
You'll find heaps to do around the coast and countryside of Port Ban Holiday Park, from days by foot or pedal, to trips by car to the likes of Inveraray and Oban – and by passenger ferry to Ireland from Campbelltown and Ardrossan.
Try the fishing village of Tarbert as a starter, followed by seafood at the Kilberry Inn, and then the next day a spot of walking, cycling or boating at the Crinan canal? If you're around with kids, the Scottish Beaver Trial in Knapdale Forest is an excellent option for an outdoorsy day.
For history, the Kilmartin Museum covers the 150+ archaeological sites along this part of western Scotland; see one for yourself at Dunadd, the Iron Age and then hill fort that's thought to have been the capital of the ancient kingdom of Dál Riata (standing on top surveying your kingdom is very much recommended here).
Day trips by ferry can be had to the islands of Arran, Gigha, Islay, Jura, Mull/Iona and Colonsay as well as to the Cowal peninsula; day trips by car include to the castle and jail of Inveraray; the seafood and sealife of Oban; the surf beach and splendid golf course of Machrihanish, and Easdale village for sea safari and high speed boat trips.
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.