Glen­daruel Car­a­van and Camp­ing Park

Argyllshire Advertiser - - FEATURE -

The sec­ond gen­er­a­tion of the Craig fam­ily is now wel­com­ing the chil­dren and grand­chil­dren of their first cus­tomers to Glen­daruel Car­a­van and Camp­ing Park. An­nie’s par­ents Quin and Anne be­gan the fam­ily busi­ness in 1976 in the grounds of Glen­daruel House, one of the lost man­sions of Ar­gyll. The house’s legacy is a 22-acre land­scape full of beau­ti­ful ma­ture trees and wildlife, form­ing the back drop to the park which caters for 35 owner oc­cu­pied Car­a­van Hol­i­day Homes, as well as vis­it­ing car­a­vans, mo­tor homes and campers. The park lay­out keeps cars away from liv­ing ar­eas, giv­ing par­ents the con­fi­dence to let chil­dren play safely. ‘Peo­ple have al­ways liked the am­biance of the place it has a very peace­ful at­mos­phere,’ said An­nie. Glen­daruel is right in the heart of the Cowal Penin­sula amidst the beau­ti­ful land­scapes and seascapes of Ar­gyll’s ‘se­cret coast’ and in these tran­quil sur­round­ings it is hard to be­lieve you are only two hours from Glas­gow and an even shorter jour­ney from the In­ver­clyde area. ‘Once peo­ple find this area you can guar­an­tee they come back,’ said An­nie. The park has a new hub build­ing, in­clud­ing a laun­dry and other fa­cil­i­ties and unique wooden both­ies, de­signed by An­nie in con­junc­tion with RA Scott Pas­sive House De­sign and Con­struc­tion, which are a big hit with out­door en­thu­si­asts and cy­clists all drawn by the Cowal Way, Cowal Loop Cy­cle Route and the Five Fer­ries Chal­lenge. The park also has a wifi hotspot. And be­ing at the cen­tre of the penin­sula, Glen­daruel is per­fectly placed for fer­ries to Bute and Tar­bert to ex­plore the Kin­tyre Penin­sula, Ben­more Botanic Gar­den, an out­ing to Dunoon or fur­ther afield to In­ver­aray. The Craig fam­ily wel­comes peo­ple to come and try be­fore they buy one of their hol­i­day homes for hire, to ex­pe­ri­ence the magic of Glen­daruel first hand.

“We were look­ing for a park with peace and quiet, we have found lots of that here” – E Simp­son

“We had vis­ited Glen­daruel Car­a­van Park many times and stayed with friends who had a car­a­van hol­i­day home on the park. We ended up buy­ing our own and have con­tin­ued to en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence – al­ways a pleas­ant drive from Glas­gow and al­way ap­pre­ci­ated the west high­land scenery when we ar­rived on site. Cat­tle graz­ing and great views of the hills, this is a quiet and well man­aged park” – K Gib­son

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