On my recent trip around Kintyre I opted for glamping wigwam accommodation at Machrihanish Holiday Park. This was partly due it's location, partly due to the reasonable cost and more importantly the fact that it is dog friendly.
Machrihanish is on the southwest coast of the Kintyre peninsula and makes a great half way point to stop off if you are spending a couple of days exploring the area.
The site is next to the golf course and a short walk from the beach, making this is a pretty and peaceful location. All the wigwams have lovely open views across the fields to the water in the distance. The views from the wigwams are probably some of the best in the holiday park as they don't face onto anything.
The west coast is famous for it's sunsets I found the perfect place to view one just south of the site and past the sea bird observatory (approx 5 mins in the car).
The Old Clubhouse bar and restaurant is a short walk from the holiday park. if you need supplies Campbeltown is approx 4 1/2 miles away and has 2 supermarkets and a choice of places to eat. There is a regular bus service between Campbeltown and the park.
I was impressed by all the extras in my glamping hut for the price which included a kettle, toaster, microwave, electric heater, powerpoint, electric lighting with bedside dimmer, crockery, cutlery, washing bowl and sponge, tea towel, water carrier and cool box.
There is a decking area with picnic bench outside and a slab for a barbecue. As there was no small wigwams (up to 3 adults) available, I stayed in a big wigwam for up to 5 adults. There were 2 of us and our dog staying and it felt very spacious, there are extra boards and mattresses to convert part of the seating area into a giant bed. As bedding is the only thing not provided we brought our own and as we were glamping we ditched the sleeping bags and brought a sheet, duvet and pillows and had a really warm and comfortable night's sleep!
The toilet block is a few minutes walk and I would highly recommend a torch for getting there at night as it was very dark. The toilets were very clean but there was only one shower which may be a problem when the site is busy although there was another toilet block which I didn't check as it was further across the site.
There is also a washing up area, launderette and and a handy water tap about 15m from the wigwams if you need to fill up.
The site also provides free WiFi although I didn't manage to get the code and couldn't find it on any of the info so I don't know how well it works. Make sure you ask for the code on arrival as the owner isn't always about.
There is a camper's room which I didn't check out as I wasn't too sure where it was, however for those staying in a tent it provides a microwave, fridge, freezer and kettle which is a handy addition. Outdoors in the site there is also a crazy golf course which looked great fun for little and big kids!
For 2 adults staying one night in October I paid £40 and an extra £4 for our dog which I found very reasonable for what was provided and comparable in price to similar glamping accommodation.
For the full list of the glamping options and prices check out the website.
No major downside although on arrival we found the reception closed and a phone number to call which was a problem as the mobile network in the area was down and the phone box on the site was out of order. When we did eventually manage to get a signal the owner quickly arrived and was very friendly and helpful. Had we not had the car and managed to get a phone signal things could have been more problematic.
In the morning at checking out time I waited with another couple to hand our key in but the owner never arrived and yes, you guessed it, no phone signal! With no secure place to leave the keys we had no option but to sit them at the reception door.
Also having one shower in the ladies if the site is busy may be an issue.
Overall a great place to stay but including the WiFi code on the info pack, having a map of the park available and providing a way of collecting and dropping off the key when the owner isn't about would be useful.
Would I Recommend?
Most definitely! A great location, good facilities and very reasonably priced. They also have glamping bell tents which look pretty cool, maybe next time :-)
Visit the website at http://campkintyre.co.uk/
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