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Muasdale, Tarbert, Argyll PA29 6XD
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Fancy a challenge? How about heading down a seeming road to nowhere in search of Kintyre, a place that truly encapsulates the phrase ‘out on a limb’?

Getting anywhere near Kintyre is a long and arduous undertaking, involving a route around the shores of both Loch Lomond and Loch Fyne. You could try crossing the two lochs aboard a ferry - It may not be any quicker, but it is more relaxed and even feels a little exotic.

But is Kintyre really worth all that travel time?

Well, rest assured that the doubts that may have plagued you along the way, despite all the glorious scenes en route, are bound to evaporate from even the grumpiest of souls on reaching this very special place. Perching on not-so-towering cliffs that measure just over a metre in height, Muasdale Holiday Park sits directly above the purest white sands. The calm waters that reside in this bay are so sheltered that, despite the campsite’s proximity to the water’s edge, there’s no danger of sharing your sleeping bag with the sea.

The beach itself is exceedingly beautiful and the water is (we’re assured) warm enough for extended bathing – but what really stole the hearts and minds of the Cool Camping rabble was the view over the water to the islands of Islay and Jura. It wouldn’t be out of the question to simply sit here with a good book for a whole week, occasionally glancing around to confirm you’ve won big in the lottery of life.

The campsite – part of the tiny straggling village of Muasdale, which has retained an air of genuine everyday life about it as tourism is yet to trouble these parts – takes up a slither of well-drained, midge-free ground between a main road and the sea; and with no more than 15 pitches available, it’s rather small. The official Cool Camping inspection took place over the school holidays, but the place wasn’t full, nor did the road prove noisy at night, even though we slept right next to it.

Should you finish your book, hole your canoe, break your bucket and spade or lose your Speedos, it’s worth popping your derrière on to a bike saddle, as the mainly flat road on the western side of Kintyre is made for two wheelers. The ferry to the small island of Gigha is a four-mile pedal; or, to present your thighs with a real challenge, cycle the amazingly scenic road on the eastern side of the peninsula. Surf dudes and chicks can find some serious waves at Machrihanish Bay. Another great day out can be had at a distillery tour on Islay, where some of the finest malts in the world are produced. If you do take your bike over, stick to the east of the island and enjoy the wildly impressive sights of Jura as you pedal.

On the other hand, that might be one challenge too many, so maybe just sit back, relax and open another book.


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Situated right beside the Atlantic with unobstructed views over the Atlantic to Islay, Jura, Gigha and Cara, with a peaceful white sandy beach, ideal location for families and those wanting a slower pace of life for their holidays.   Make sure you pack your binoculars to watch the wildlife, lots of wading birds to be spotted (your tent becomes a hide).  Ideal location for launching canoes/kayaks - to protect seals and other wildlife, no jet skis allowed.  Latest arrival time 9pm (prior arrangement only) July & August, otherwise Reception closes 6.30pm.Modern amenities blockProviding showers, toilets, private wash-room, hand-dryers, hair-drier (ladies) shaver sockets (gents) and indoor washing-up area with two sinks. No coin meters on showers, plenty of hot water. Games room with table-tennis and pool table -  washing machine and tumble dryer. WiFi available. Although the book states 15 pitches, we only have 10 standard size pitches (not 15 as described) suitable for tents 12ft wide or under, trailer tents, campervans or tourers.checking outWeekend breaks: Departure time is 12 noon, however, on a Sunday or last day of a bank holiday, the departure time may be extended to 4pm provided the pitch is not required, please check with us on the day of departure. This option cannot be guaranteed and is not available during June, July and August.

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★★★★★

Pitch Perfect

Stayed here for 5 nights in August, words can’t describe this wonderful site. Perfection in every way - location, tranquility, service, cleanliness, size and I could go on and on. You must experience this campsite for yourself, a dream come true. Thank you.

3 of 3 readers found this review useful.

★★★★★

Camping Muasdale

We came to stay at Muasdale in May 2013. Its such a lovely lovely quiet spot with amazing sunsets! We were both so pleased with the set up and the facilities you have available.(Also you were some of the friendliest camp owners we came across during our months camping tour!) We got some fab photographs.

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★★★★☆

Muasdale

Hi folks, just wanted to let you know that me and my wife thoroughly enjoyed our weekend stay at the park. We were very lucky with the weather (considering the deluge of rain you had prior to our visit!!) and we enjoyed just "chilling out" in the warm sunshine, sitting outside our caravan taking in the beautiful scenery looking out to Islay, Jura and Gigha. I can’t recall being on a site with the stunning views that Muasdale has to offer. We were lucky to see three sunsets as well. After we booked our touring pitch, we were counting down the days to our visit and I must say that everything about your park was "spot on" and just what we expected it would be. The toilet block was 1st class and I enjoyed a hot shower in a spacious cubicle. We enjoyed our walks along the white sandy beach and the best part about it was that it was only a few feet from our caravan!! With the weather being so nice during our stay, we didn’t get the chance to play pool and table tennis in the games room (there just wasn’t enough hours in the day!!) Finally, thanks to you both for your hospitality and friendly chats during our stay. We will be back next summer for a longer stay and hopefully we will see more stunning sunsets. Colin and Caroline H

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Nearby Campsites

Cool Factor

Small, friendly, midge-free beachside site miles from anywhere remotely touristy with decent facilities and a glorious ever-changing view out over the islands. Great for cyclists and canoeists.

On Site

Reasonable and well-maintained facilities that include toilets, showers, a laundry with coin-operated washing machines and tumble-dryers, as well as an iron and board. There’s also a small games room with pool and table-tennis tables.

Off Site

Kintyre Way  Stretching from Tarbert at the north end of the peninsula, to Dunaverty in the south, the way-marked Kintyre Way  connects communities across the peninsula, bringing home the beautiful reality that is Kintyre.  Many sections can be walked at various locations throughout Kintyre, enabling you to enjoy Kintyre at its best.

If it rains

The ferries to Gigha, Islay, Colonsay, Arran (see Caledonian MacBrayne ferries for timetables and fares) and Jura provide days out with a difference.

Food & Drink

The Argyll Hotel (01583 421212) at Bellochantuy, 5 miles south, is famous for being sprayed with machine-gun bullets by an aircraft just after the outbreak of the Second World War – it turned out to be an RAF plane testing its weaponry. It should be safe now, though, and has a good selection of food.

The Putechan Hotel   (01583 421323) at Bellochantuy, 5 miles south.  Recently refurbished to a high standard. 

Open

1st April 2014 to 29th September 2014

The Damage

Tent Pitch from £10.00 (without hook-up); adults £2.00, children (5-15 years) and dogs £1.25 per night. (Dogs must be well behaved and kept by your side or kept on a lead)

Getting There

Take the A82 from Glasgow, then the A83 through Inveraray, Lochgilphead and Tarbert. Muasdale is 22 miles south of Tarbert, alongside the A83. Alternatively, use the ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick (Arran), then Lochranza (Arran) to Claonaig (Kintyre) then pick up the A83 and on to Muasdale. 

**New ferry crossing from Ardrossan to Campbeltown, May to end of September - check Calmac for sailing times.

Public Transport

A regular bus service from Glasgow passes the site, but it does take 4 hours! Traveline (08712 002233; www.travelinescotland.com) has details of times.

Tags

Beaches  Campervans permitted  Caravans permitted  Dogs welcome  Electrical hook-ups  Good walks  Laundry  Nice views  Remote location  Romantic retreat  Short walk to beach  Showers  Surfing  Tent pitches  Wifi