Glendaruel

UK Scotland Highlands Argyll & Bute

  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Beautiful trees, and your own real life Bambi film all enclosed in the grounds of an historical stately home. Perfect for the kids.

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.

Details

Facilities

10 pitches. Basic toilet block, shower and laundry. Campers’ kitchen and dining shelter. Games room and shop, plus kid’s swing and playground. No campfires.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, dogs, caravans, young groups – yes. Big groups – no.

Nearby

Walking trails snake off into the towering forests, while a variety of circular cycle routes await around the Cowal Peninsula. The Cowal Way is a glorious 57-mile walking trail that rumbles right through Glendaruel. The impressive Kilmodan Carved Stones are just a few miles south. Dunoon is 18 miles away and has a swimming pool, leisure centre, museum, golf course, and cinema. A little nearer the Benmore Botanic Garden (01369 706261) is an essential place for tree-huggers. The nearby Isle of Bute has a host of civilised tourist attractions from the restored Victorian toilets, to the outrageous opulence of Mount Stuart (01700 503877), a Victorian gothic mansion.

Food & Drink

Creggans Inn (01369 860279) is an atmospheric old place on the shores of Loch Fyne – enjoy a traditional ale from the Loch Fyne Brewery to go with your oysters. Inver Cottage (01369 860537) is a friendly restaurant bursting with local produce such as hand-dived scallops. The Oystercatcher (01700 821229) at Otter Ferry, 7 miles away, is the nearest decent pub and restaurant, situated in a beautiful location. There are moorings, if you’re of the boat set, and folk have even arrived here by seaplane. Slightly further away, but possibly quicker to reach, is the Colintraive Hotel (01700 841207) a traditional hunting-lodge hotel with public bar and restaurant.

Opening Times

April – Oct.

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”.

Location

Contact Glendaruel, Glendarual Caravan Park, Glendaruel, Argyll PA22 3AB

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Getting There

Ferries to Cowal (from Gourock to Dunoon) are frequent. Then follow the A815 north for 3 miles, the B836 west for 12 miles then the A886 north to the site.

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