In a nutshell
Caolascanon Caravan and Campsite, Kinlochleven, Argyll. Web: http://www.kinlochlevencaravans.com/tourerstents/ Tel: 01855 831 279
Small tents £10/night. Campervans £17/night. Large tents £20/night. Hook-ups free – first come, first served.
Great location right beside Loch Leven and with mountain views. Flat site with short grass, some pitches on a very slight incline. No allocated pitches – just choose your own site. Wash block clean and adequate but a little dated. Free hot showers. Dishwashing, laundry, chemical disposal. Small charge for wifi. Campfires permitted on the shore (responsible use). Recycling encouraged.
What I liked:
Friendly welcome. Informal and relaxed. Great lochside location – launch your boat or kayak from the site. Wake up to views of the mountains. No need to book as, according to the owner “I’ve never had to turn anyone away in 40 years and don’t see any need to start now” !
Not so wild about:
Static caravans – but at least they’re set back from the main part of the campsite at the lochside. Wash block perfectly adequate but a little dated. Midgies.
It’s great to find a relaxed and welcoming campsite in a superb location, and Caolasnacan is a real gem.
I must admit I wasn’t exactly sure what I’d find before I arrived; my initial impression of the site judging by the row of static caravans near the entrance wasn’t that favourable. But I needn’t have worried since once you drive past the statics to the main part of the campsite near the loch they’re not an intrusion at all.
From the very friendly welcome I received it was clear that this is a well-run site. The owners have been here for 40 years and have a laid-back attitude with a noticeable absence of strict rules. There’s no need to book since there’s plenty of space (contrast this with the caravans and motorhomes lined up like sardines at the C&CC site in Glencoe); you just roll up, find a pitch and enjoy your stay.
This is a perfect site for those into messing about on the water or into hillwalking in the Mamores or Glencoe. It’s also on the doorstep for the Ice Factor and mountain bike trails in Kinlochleven, and Paddle Lochaber who are based at the nearby Isles of Glencoe Hotel (the reason for my stay recently).
The site appears in the Cool Camping guidebook. I’m not exactly sure what their definition of ‘cool’ is … but if it includes a great location, a well-run site and views of the loch and mountains to wake up to, then I’m happy to agree.
I’ll definitely be back.
Further reading: Top 10 Campsites in Scotland that allow Campfires