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General

  • 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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9

Overall rating based on 26 reviews

 

96% would recommend this site to a friend.

96% would stay here again.

 
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Great site, very lovely staff. quiet location 29/09/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Ashleigh D. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    overall i cant find fault with the site.

    Disliked: 

    in no service area but the fact that the site has wifi isnt so bad.

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Couldn't fault it, first visit not the last. 25/09/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom ROY S. Confirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Relaxed friendly place. Views fantastic. Watched the otters feeding just off the shoreline.

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Fantastic location right next to the sea! Beautiful!!! 31/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Beverley F. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Lovely location with stunning views and beaches. Informative staff. Plenty to do with the dog and watersports etc. Great camp fires on the beach and listening to the waves before sleep. Shell beach in tarbert beautiful and the fish and chips.

    Disliked: 

    Lack of shopping for those who want this. Island of ghiah not that much to do and ferry crossing in car very expensive!!!

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Fantastic site beautiful sea/mountain views 23/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom emma d. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Large electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    We loved the site overall had a fantastic 5 days. The site was clean toilet and shower rooms were modern and always clean. Dish washing area was also clean and had fridges/freezers avaliable for campers to use which was very handy with being in a tent. The play area was loved by the kids along with the crazy golf and football field. The beach is beautiful and great for crabbing and shell collecting which the kids loved. A very quiet peaceful location which is what we wanted with fantastic views.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing.

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excellent site, beautiful setting 21/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom campbell m. Confirmed

  • Electric grass touring pitch
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  • Liked: 

    canoes, sandy beach, rockpool beachs, camp fires, showers, cafe, lovely staff, skirl of the bagpipes from the weddings,

    Disliked: 

    nothing - we had amazing weather and that just made the holiday

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In one word - AMAZING!!!! 18/08/2016

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    Everything required for a brilliant holiday, sure there's no phone signal, there is wifi signal however, part of the fun is leaving all that behind, perfect to properly relax, no phone calls from work etc, right on the beach, you can even have beach camp fires!!!! Good quality showers and toilets. I want to re book, I am putting in next years annual leave request asap!!!!! Just bear in mind you are miles from anywhere, take things to do for the kids, I took a blow up fishing boat and the little one loved it, then a bit of crab fishing and plenty of time on the beach. I really cannot recommend this place highly enough!!!!! Oh take midge repellent too.

    Disliked: 

    Coming home :-(

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Excellent site with exceptional clean facilities. Stunning views 14/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom cherelle_r Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Large electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Toilet and wash block.
    Kitchen facilities.

    Disliked: 

    The pitch was water logged but this was due to the weather be in so bad.

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Lovely site with plenty to do for kids! 09/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Bryan S. Confirmed

  • Large electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Loved the location, it is quite simply breathtaking and the sunsets are unrivalled.
    The toilet, and kitchen facilities are great, very clean and well looked after.
    The beach, and toasting marshmallows on your fire pit on the beach whilst watching the sunset...quite beautiful!
    Plenty for the kids to do, games hall, playpark etc.
    The staff were very pleasant and helpful.
    Wifi - More so for the kids, however we walked for a good bit away from the site and could still pick it up!

    Disliked: 

    Pitch was quite stony and bare, although I think it may just have been our pitch as others looked ok. Once we had everything set up it didn't impact too much on our stay.
    Firewood, you are allowed to use the wood for your beach fires from a 'wood pile' next to the campsite however it is full of nails/screws etc. You are warned about this and take the wood at your own risk, it would be great if the campsite sold the bags of smokeless wood like some other sites do.

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Fantastic place, very family friendly and relaxed with attractions :) 09/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Aleksandra L. Confirmed

  • Electric grass tent pitch
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    We liked absolutely everything about the place. Family-friendly, helpful staff, plenty of attractions on site, very relaxed and peaceful. Beautiful views and wonderful atmosphere. Couldn't recommend more!!

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Horrendous site do not go 04/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom dan b. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Large electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The view was very nice

    Disliked: 

    The site is a christian run camp site so this needs stating on the website as there is nothing for kids to do there there is no drinking on site n certainly no bar no music is aloud at all on any device ie fones etc.... breakfast if you choose to eat at there really tiny cafe runs out very quickly and is very small. There is no fone reception at this site so you need to travel 45 minutes to oban or tarbet in order t use your fone. No noise after 2300 hours you will get told off we wanted a holiday not a prison sentence on the up side there is nothing to do so u will save ur money if u choose to stay. We have more fun at home on a school night

From the manager...

We are sorry that you didn't enjoy your stay. You are correct in saying that we have a christian focus on site - it is mentioned in the About us section of the website. We would respectfully dispute that there is nothing to do for kids- we have a playground, putting green, tennis court, pool and table tennis. We have a kids club and other organised activities for kids. We are a family focused site and so request that it is quiet after 11pm and silence after midnight. You are correct that we do not sell alcohol on site.As regards phone reception, it is very poor. O2 and vodaphone are the only ones that work and only when you are right down at the beach.

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Fully serviced pitches

Seasonal pitches

Water hook-up points for tourers

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Location

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  • Kilberry Tarbert, Argyll, Scotland, PA29 6YD
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 55.8305°N 5.6630°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Clachan (N Kintyre): Ronachan House Coach Stop — 6.9 miles
Clachan (N Kintyre): Village Coach Stop — 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
Kennacraig Ferry Terminal — 7.2 miles
Tarbert (Loch Fyne) Ferry Terminal — 10.4 miles
Airports
Islay Glenegedal Airport — 25.0 miles
Campbeltown Machrihanish Airport — 27.2 miles
Colonsay Airport — 27.3 miles

Directions


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.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

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.

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

Additional terms

The site has a quiet after 11pm and silent after midnight policy. Radios, CD players and cassette players may not be used in the camping field or on the shore at any time.

As a family orientated site we would ask you to exercise discretion in your public use of language and will not tolerate disturbances arising from the misuse of alcohol. You are not allowed to walk around the site drinking alcohol.

If you are having a bonfire/barbecue on the beach please ensure that you do not disturb others and that the area is tidied up afterwards.

If you are planning to return to the park after midnight, we would ask you to park your car at reception and walk quietly to your caravan or tent to avoid disturbing other people.

If accessing to neighbouring land you must do so responsibly and in accordance with the Scottish Access Code. In particular never take a dog into a field where there are calves, pregnant sheep or newborn lambs.

When there is a wedding in progress on neighbouring land, please refrain from crossing the burn to the north of the camping field or approaching Cretshengan beach (next to Campbell's tomb).

Evening entertainment available Fridays and Saturdays in high season (July and August).

The site is run in line with the owners' Christian values, please bear this in mind when booking.

There is little phone reception in the area

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